Harrisonburg, Va.—UMBC baseball saw their bats come alive, but could not comeback against the Dukes in a 12-7 loss on Friday afternoon. Senior Anthony Gatto (Hauppauge, N.Y./Smithtown West) went 4-5 from the dish, as the Retrievers fall to 1-8 on the year.
UMBC got on the board first as Nick Naumann (Essex, Md./John Carroll/Chestnut Hill) crossed the plate after Hunter Dolshun (Warwick, N.Y./Warwick Valley) reached on a fielding error to give the Retrievers a 1-0 lead.
The Dukes however responded in their half of the first, getting a two run home run from Brett Johnson. UMBC tied the game the very next inning, as Mitchell Carroll (Oakton, Va./Oakton) scored freshman A.J. Wirght (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill West) on a double to left.
James Madison would take the lead over the next two innings, getting four runs to take a 6-2 lead. The Retrievers would get a pair back in the seventh, as senior Kevin Lachance (Clifton, Va./Centreville) singled through the right side scoring Wright and Tim Kelly (Hampton, Va./York/Virginia Tech) to make it 6-4.
The very next inning, James Madison would put up a six spot, taking the lead for good. UMBC got three back in the ninth, but it was not enough as the Retrievers fell 12-7.
Gatto went 4-5 from the dish, scoring a run and driving one in. Lachance had two hits and two RBI to help the Retriever offense.
Game two of the three game set will begin at 2 p.m. from Veterans Memorial Park.