Baltimore, Md.—UMBC baseball is coming off a weekend sweep at Georgia Tech this past weekend. The Yellow Jackets outscored the Retrievers 19-4 on the weekend, as UMBC has dropped their last six games to fall to 1-6 on the young season.
Who: UMBC Retrievers (1-6) vs. Georgetown Hoyas (2-4)
When: Tuesday, March 1 – 3 p.m.
Where: Shirley Povich Field – Rockville, Md.
Social Media: @UMBCBaseball, @UMBCAthletics, #AEBase
How to Watch: Video ($$) and Live Stats available at guhoyas.com
Scouting the Retrievers (1-6):
UMBC is coming off an 0-3 weekend down at Georgia Tech, which saw the Retrievers score just four runs the whole weekend. Nick Naumann (Essex, Md./John Carroll/Chestnut Hill) led the Retrievers at the plate, going 5-9 in the three games. Senior Anthony Gatto (Hauppauge, N.Y./Smithtown West) hit .500, going 5-10 from the dish with a pair of doubles and one run scored. Riley Stephenson (Meridian, Idaho/Boonsboro) had the best outing of the weekend, going seven innings with six strikeouts and two earned runs in a loss.
Kevin Lachance (Clifton, Va./Centreville) is leading the Retriever offense early, hitting .370 with tenhits and two home runs. Nick Naumann has picked up where he left off a year ago, hitting .4.35 with two RBI through seven games.
Riley Stephenson is off to a great start in his first season of action since 2013-14. Stephenson has a 1.46 ERA in 12.1 innings pitched, having struck out seven while walking just one. Ten different pitchers have taken the mound in the early going, with seven of the ten seeing more than three innings pitched.
Scouting the Hoyas (2-4):
Georgetown is coming off a series loss at Davidson last weekend. Georgetown dropped the opener 9-3 before taking game two 5-3. In the rubber match, the Hoyas fell 12-8 to fall to 2-4 in the early going.
Michael DeRenzi is leading the Hoyas at the dish with a .480 batting average, going 12-25 with a double and five runs scored. DeRenzi has three stolen bases, leading the team. Charlie Dillon is hitting .217 with a team best five RBI on five hits.
On the bump, Simon Mathews has made two starts, going 1-1 in 11.2 innings pitched. He has given up 14 hits with eight strikeouts and just two earned runs.
The Retrievers and Hoyas have met 48 times heading into the Tuesday meeting, with UMBC holding a 31-17 lead in the all-time series. Most recently, Georgetown took a 6-5 extra inning decision on February 21 in Winston-Salem, N.C. UMBC had a 5-2 lead after six, but the Hoyas scored the last four runs of the game, winning on a walk-off single in the tenth.
UMBC will travel to James Madison for a three game set on Friday, March 4 through Sunday, March 6. Game times are 3, 1 and 1 p.m. in Harrisonburg, Va.