Baltimore, Md.—UMBC Baseball heads into 2016 after a successful 2015 campaign, which saw the Retrievers reach the America East Championship game for the first time in program history. This year's squad placed seven players on College Sports Madness' annual preseason all-conference first team, with an additional two on the second team.
Seniors Conrad Wozniak (Cypress, Texas/Cypress Woods/Frank Phillip), Kevin Lachance (Clifton, Va./Centreville) and Anthony Gatto (Hauppauge, N.Y./Smithtown West), along with junior Andrew Casali (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) and sophomores Matt Chanin (Olney, Md./Sherwood) and Jamie Switalski (Gibsonia, Pa./Pine-Richland) earned first team honors. Wozniak was also named preseason Pitcher of the Year.
Sophomore Mitchell Carroll (Oakton, Va./Oakton) and senior Nick Naumann (Essex, Md./John Carroll/Chestnut Hill) earned second team honors for a total of nine Retrievers on both teams, the most in recent years.
"Things like this are a testament to how hard our players have worked to develop themselves and our program," pitching coach Liam Bowen said. "Obviously we are focused on our performance at the end of the year more so than how we are viewed from the outside, but it is good to see these guys get recognized when they so deserving. I think it also shows why our players are so excited about 2016."
UMBC will open their season at Wake Forest, February 19-21. The Retrievers will play a double-header against VMI on February 19, before playing a single game against host Wake Forest the next day. UMBC ends the weekend trip with a game against Georgetown on Sunday, Feb. 21.