Baltimore, Md.—UMBC rallied in extra innings to sweep the first two games of the series with Albany. With the win, UMBC moves to 29-16, 12-8 AE on the year, and improve their win streak to 11 games.
The Retrievers struck early and often against the Great Danes, getting a run in the bottom of the second off a Jaime Switalski (Gibsonia, Pa./Pine-Richland) solo home run to left-center. UMBC followed that up with a trio of runs the very next inning, two coming off an Anthony Gatto (Hauppauge, N.Y./Smithtown West) two-run home run. Jake Barnes (Annandale, Va./Annandale) doubled home Nick Naumann (Essex, Md./John Carroll/Chestnut Hill) to make it 4-0 UMBC early.
UMBC would add to that lead in the fifth getting four runs in the inning. Switalski doubled home Naumann and Hunter Dolshun (Warwick, N.Y./Warwick Valley). Barnes followed that up with a single to score Switalski, and Kevin Lachance (Clifton, Va./Centreville) walked to score Andrew Casali (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) to make it 9-0.
After getting a pair in the sixth, the Retrievers exploded for six runs in the seventh to take a 17-0 lead heading into the ninth. Albany would get one back in the last stanza, but that would be all as UMBC won 17-1 in the opener.
Freshman starter Matt Chanin (Olney, Md./Sherwood) picked up his fifth win of the year, throwing seven innings of shutout ball to earn the win. He struck out seven while walking just two.
UMBC got on the board first, scoring on a Barnes sac fly to score Dolshun, giving UMBC a 1-0 lead.
Albany took the lead in the third, scoring a pair of runs following a pair of Retriever errors to make it 2-1 Great Danes. However the Retrievers answered back, taking the lead with a four run fifth inning.
In that inning, Mitchell Carroll (Oakton, Va./Oakton) reached on a fielder's choice, and scored Switalski on a throwing error by Albany. Dolshun followed suit with an RBI walk, then a Naumann single scored Lachance and Gatto to make it 5-2 Retrievers.
Albany would get a trio of runs over the next two innings, including the tying run on a throwing error by Dolshun to force extras.
UMBC would prevail, getting the winning run on a Lachance single that scored Mark Esposito (Bethany, Conn./Amity Regional).
Denis Mikush (Burke, Va./Robinson) picked up his fourth win of the year, as the Retrievers moved to 29-16, 12-8 AE on the year, improving their win streak to 11 games.
The Retrievers and Great Danes will conclude the series on Sunday, May 10 with a noon start.