Baltimore, Md.—UMBC baseball will head to Lowell, Mass. for their first America East Tournament appearance since 2008, and will take on Maine in game one. The four team, double elimination style tournament will be played at LeLacheur Park, home of the Lowell Spinners.
Maine Game Day Info:
WHO: No. 2 UMBC (32-18, 14-10 AE) vs. No. 3 Maine (24-26, 10-10 America East)
WHEN: Thursday, May 21- 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: LeLacheur Park- Lowell, Mass.
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Scouting the Retrievers (32-18, 14-10 AE):
The Retrievers ended the season with a 10-2 record in May, and enter the tournament at 32-18, 14-10 AE. The team achieved 30 wins for the first time since 2002, and will make their first appearance in the America East Tournament since 2008.
Nick Naumann (Essex, Md./John Carroll/Chestnut Hill) leads the squad hitting .352 on the year, and has a team high 58 hits on the year. Naumann has smacked a one home run, while driving in 31 and swiping nine bases. Senior Vince Corbi (Medford, N.J./Shawnee) is second on the team with a .305 average. Vince is also second on the team with 58 hits and 34 RBI.
Conrad Wozniak (Cypress, Texas/Cypress Woods/Frank Phillip) has been stellar for the Retrievers this year on the hill. Wozniak has a 1.50 ERA in 66.0 IP. Conrad has struck out 52 batters, while giving up just 11 earned runs. Rookie Matt Chanin (Olney, Md./Sherwood) has been equally as impressive, hurling a 1.85 ERA over ten starts, going 5-2 in those games.
Scouting the Black Bears (24-26, 10-10 America East):
Maine is 24-26 on the year, and come into the tournament after taking two of three from Albany in the last weekend of the year.
The Black Bears are led by Luke Morrill and Brett Chappell on offense. Morrill is hitting .357 on the year with a team high 16 doubles and 28 RBI. Chappell is batting .321, smacking two home runs and driving in a team high 36 RBI.
On the mound, freshman Justin Courtney leads the team with a 2.83 ERA, going 5-5 in 12 starts this year.
UMBC and Maine will be meeting in their 50th all-time meeting on Thursday. The Black Bears hold a 40-9 lead in the series, including a 39-9 mark in America East play. The Retrievers took two of three from Maine earlier this year at Alumni Field.
ONE FOR THE RECORD BOOKS:
UMBC rewrote the history books in 2015, breaking numerous season and career records over the course of the season.
As a team, UMBC set the record for most strikeouts in a single season (334), and most stolen bases in a season (105). The team achieved 30 wins for the first time since 2002, and reached the America East playoffs for the first time since 2008.
On the mound, Denis Mikush (Burke, Va./Robinson) recorded the most saves in a single season with six, and is one save from tying the all-time career mark at nine.
Kevin Lachance (Clifton, Va./Centreville) and Anthony Gatto (Hauppauge, N.Y./Smithtown West) are tied for most stolen bases in a single season (27), with Lachance holding the record for most in a career at 52. Vince Corbi set the career record for most sacrifices with 29.
UMBC IN AMERICA EAST TOURNAMENT:
The Retrievers will be making their second appearance in the America East Tournament, the first time since 2008. Back in 2008, UMBC earned a three seed after finishing the season 21-29, 13-11 AE. In the tournament, UMBC fell 4-3 to Stony Brook, and 5-1 to Vermont to be eliminated.
KINGS OF THE HILL:
Freshman Matt Chanin and junior Conrad Wozniak have been the one-two punch that has led the Retrievers on the mound this year. Chanin has a 5-2 record in 10 starts this year. He is hurling a 1.85 ERA in 58.1 innings of work, striking out 38 batters. His ERA is second best in the America East and 33rd best in the nation. Wozniak boasts the best ERA in the America East at 1.50 and the 12th best ERA nationally, going 3-1 in 11 starts. He has a team best 52 strikeouts and three complete games in 66.0 innings pitched.
The Retrievers have 105 stolen bases in 135 attempts entering the tournament, the most stolen bases in a single season. Four different Retrievers have over ten steals, including Kevin Lachance and Anthony Gatto who have 27 each. Vince Corbi (13) and Andrew Casali (11) are the others with more than ten. The team has 105 stolen bases, shattering the previous best of 71 set in 1991.
UMBC as a team is 34th in the country in ERA at 3.26. The Retrievers are fifth in the nation in stolen bases per game, averaging 2.10 stolen bases a contest.