Baltimore, Md.—UMBC baseball continues their nine game home stand with a trio of America East contests against Albany this weekend. With their wins this week, UMBC secured their first winning season since 2002.
Albany Series Info:
WHO: UMBC (27-16, 10-8 AE) vs. Albany (13-23, 6-8 AE)
WHEN: Saturday, May 9 (DH, 12:00 p.m.) and Sunday, May 10 (12:00 p.m.)
WHERE: Alumni Field- Baltimore, Md.
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Game 1- UMBC- Matt Chanin (4-1, 2.18 ERA
Game 2- UMBC- Conrad Wozniak (2-1, 1.53 ERA)
Game 3- UMBC-TBA
UMBC sits at 27-16, 10-8 AE on the year, and are coming off wins against Towson (16-5) and UMES (5-0) this past Tuesday and Wednesday. The Retrievers sit in second place in the America East playoff standings with six games to go.
Nick Naumann (Essex, Md./John Carroll/Chestnut Hill) has been a force in the batter's box, hitting .349 in 42 games this year. Naumann is first on the team with 54 hits and has 28 RBI. Five other Retrievers are hitting over .300 on the year. Andrew Casali (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) and Vince Corbi (Medford, N.J./Shawnee) are batting .319 and .305 on the year. Freshmen Zack Bright (Fairfax Station, Va./TC Williams) and Brady Zinda (Woodbridge, Va./Hylton) are hitting .308 and .316 in the rookie seasons. Mitchell Carroll (Oakton, Va./Oakton) is the other batter over .300 with a .317 average.
Freshman Matt Chanin (Olney, Md./Sherwood) and junior Conrad Wozniak (Cypress, Texas/Cypress Woods/Frank Phillip) are leading the pitching staff, with a 2.18 and 1.53 ERA each. Chanin is sitting at 4-1 on the year in eight starts. He has 30 strikeouts in 45.1 innings of work. Wozniak has been equally impressive with a 1.53 ERA sitting down 44 batters this year. His 1.53 ERA is good for fifteenth best in the NCAA.
Scouting the Great Danes (13-23, 6-8 AE):
Binghamton is 13-23 on the year, having lost three of their last four games against St. John's and UMass Lowell. The Great Danes are 6-8 in the America East, and are currently in the third playoff spot with six conference games to go.
Alex Lushkevich and Eric Mueller lead the Great Dane offense, batting .303 and .300 on the year. Lushkevich has a .422 on base percentage, with 33 hits and 11 RBI. Mueller has a team high 36 hits and a team high 21 RBI.
The Great Danes as a team are hurling a 5.01 ERA. Stephen Woods is leading the team with a 3.61 ERA, and a team high 43 strike outs. His three wins are tied for the most on the team.
Albany leads the all-time series 30-14 over the Retrievers. UMBC won four of the six games last season, including a three game sweep on the road at Albany.
Record Breaking Season:
Several Retrievers have broken records this year. Junior Denis Mikush (Burke, Va./Robinson) has six saves on the year, the most in a single season in program history. Corbi set the career record for most sacrifices in a season this past week, recording his 28th sacrifice to pass Brian Loewe who had 27 from 1990-93. Anthony Gatto (Hauppauge, N.Y./Smithtown West) has 24 stolen bases this year, giving him the most in a single season.
As a team, the Retrievers have their most wins since the 2008 season where they went 21-29. They also have a shot at winning 30 games for the first time since 2002, where the team went 32-24.
UMBC can clinch a spot in the upcoming America East playoffs this weekend. A combination of Retriever wins and losses by Maine and Binghamton can put them in the playoffs. The Retriever magic number against Maine is four, while the magic number against Binghamton is three. Maine and Binghamton play a three game set this weekend up in Orono, Maine.
The Retrievers will conclude the regular season against Georgetown (Tuesday, May 12) and Hartford next weekend. The game with the Hoyas will be a single game starting at 6:00 p.m. The Hawks and Retrievers will battle in the final America East weekend of the year on Friday (DH, noon) and Saturday (noon). Saturday will be Senior Day for the Retrievers prior to the game.