UMBC Takes Three of Four Major Awards; Ten Earn America East All-Conference Distinction

UMBC Takes Three of Four Major Awards; Ten Earn America East All-Conference Distinction

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Boston, Mass.—The America East released their annual All-Conference Teams on Wednesday. Ten different Retrievers made the First Team, Second Team or All-Rookie Team. In addition, freshman Matt Chanin (Olney, Md./Sherwood) was name Rookie of the Year, junior Conrad Wozniak (Cypress, Texas, Cypress Woods/Frank Phillip College) was named Pitcher of the Year, and Coach Bob Mumma was named Coach of the Year.

Chanin earned Rookie of the Year after his stellar performance on the mound for the Retrievers. He threw 58.1 innings in 10 starts, going 5-2 in those starts. His 1.85 ERA was second best in the America East, as Chanin gave up just 12 earned runs all year, striking out 38 batters.

Wozniak was the most dominant pitcher on the UMBC staff, as he threw 66.0 innings with a 1.50 ERA. His ERA was tops in the America East, and put him 12th nationally. Wozniak gave up 11 earned runs while striking out a team high 52 batters.

Coach Mumma was unanimously chosen by his peers as Coach of the Year. He helped lead the Retrievers to a 32-18, 14-10 AE record in 2015. The 32 wins gave the team 30 wins for the first time since 2002, and the 14 conference wins are the most in program history. Prior to this year, Mumma amassed 45 wins in three years at the helm.

Five Retrievers earned a spot on the All-Conference First Team. In addition to Wozniak and Chanin, junior Denis Mikush (Burke, Va./Robinson), R-Jr. Anthony Gatto (Hauppauge, N.Y./Smithtown West), and Fr. Jamie Switalski (Gibsonia, Pa./Pine-Richland) also earned spots on the first team.

The second team saw another five Retrievers on the list. Senior Vince Corbi (Medford, N.J./Shawnee), juniors Nick Naumann (Essex, Md./John Carroll/Chestnut Hill) and Kevin Lachance (Clifton, Va./Centreville), as well as sophomores Hunter Dolshun (Warwick, N.Y./Warwick Valley) and Andrew Casali (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) joined the list for their exploits in 2015.

Chanin and Switalski made the All-Rookie team, in addition to Mitchell Carroll (Oakton, Va./Oakton). Following a redshirt season last year, Carroll busted onto the scene for UMBC this year. He earned a starting spot late in the year and did not disappoint. He finished the regular season with a .310 batting average, hitting six doubles and driving in nine.

Casali was the lone Retriever on the All-Academic squad. Casali had a 3.33 GPA this year, as he continues to pursue his degree in economics.

The Retrievers kick off the 2015 America East Tournament as the two seed against the three seed Maine tomorrow, May 21. First pitch with the Black Bears is set for 5:00 p.m. at LeLacheur Park. This will be the first appearance in the tournament since 2008. In 2008, UMBC was eliminated after two games as a three seed.