Boston, Mass.—UMBC baseball freshman Jamie Switalski (Gibsonia, Pa./Pine-Richland) earned America East Rookie of the Week honors, as announced by the conference office on Monday. Switalski led the Retriever attack this weekend, as the team reached 30 wins for the first time since 2002. The weekend sweep over Albany also clinched a playoff spot for UMBC for the first time since 2008, as their win streak improved to 12 games.
Switalski Jamie went 7-9 at the plate, batting a stout .778 average over three games this past
weekend. He finished the weekend with a .846 on base percentage and a 1.222 slugging
percentage, the best among all America East newcomers this week. The outfield/designated hitter
Switalski started the weekend with a 3-for-4 performance in game one on Saturday, collectinghitting one double and his third one home run of the season. He drove in five runs while scoring four himself in the 17-1 rout. The freshman Jamie ended the weekend with a 4-for-4 performance, scoring a run in a 6-5 comeback win in the playoff clinching series finale. to earn a spot in the upcoming America East Playoffs.
The Retrievers made history this weekend, recording 30 wins for the first time since 2002. UMBC
also earned the two seed in the upcoming tournament, earning a slot for the first time since 2008. The pitching staff recorded the most strikeouts in a single season in program history (320),
while junior Anthony Gatto (Hauppauge, N.Y./Smithtown West) became the all-time leader in stolen bases with 49 swipes.
UMBC will host Georgetown on Tuesday, May 12 at 6:00 p.m. before hosting Hartford this weekend to close out the regular season.