Baltimore, Md.—UMBC baseball has moved their weekend series with the Seawolves up a day, due to the forecast for this weekend. The teams will now play a single game on Friday, March 18 at 4 p.m., and will close the series on Saturday, March 19 with a double-header starting at 3 p.m. UMBC is coming off a 10-5 win at Richmond on Wednesday, where freshman AJ Wright (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill West) hit his first collegiate home run to improve the Retrievers to 5-9 on the year.
Stony Brook Series Info:
What: UMBC Retrievers (5-9) vs. Stony Brook Seawolves (6-8)
Where: Alumni Field – Baltimore, Md.
When: Friday, March 18 (4 p.m.) and Saturday, March 19 (DH, 3 p.m.)
How to Watch: Live Stats available at umbcretrievers.com
Social Media: @UMBCBaseball, @UMBCAthletics, @AmericaEast, #AEBASE, #GritAndGlory
Scouting the Retrievers:
UMBC comes into the weekend at 5-9, having won their last three contests. The Retrievers most recently knocked off Richmond, 10-5 on Wednesday. Freshman AJ Wright had a career day, going 2-4 with five RBI and hitting his first collegiate home run. Senior Kevin Lachance (Clifton, Va./Centreville) hit his team leading fourth home run to lead off the game, just two pitches in.
Lachance leads the team offensively, hitting .474 through 14 games. He leads the team in hits (27), home runs (4) and RBI (14) as well as swiping nine bases in ten tries. Classmates Anthony Gatto (Hauppauge, N.Y./Smithtown West) and Nick Naumann (Essex, Md./John Carroll/Chestnut Hill) are two –three on the team in hitting, with averages of .366 and .358 respectively.
On the mound, Riley Stephenson (Meridian, Idaho/Boonsboro) leads the rotation with a 3.63 ERA and an 0-2 record in three starts. He has thrown the most innings on the team, 17.1, just a third of an inning more than Jacob Christian (Nokesville, Va./Patriot). Conrad Wozniak (Cypress, Texas/Cypress Woods/Frank Phillip) has thrown the most strikeouts, fanning 14 batters in 14.1 innings.
Scouting the Seawolves:
The Seawolves enter the weekend set at 6-8 on the year, having most recently knocking off Iona 11-2 on Tuesday in Stony Brook. Stony Brook pounded out 11 hits, including a home run from Andruw Gazzola in the win.
Jeremy Giles leads the Seawolves with a .400 average in just seven games played. Toby Handley and Dylan Resk are hitting .333 each, as Handley has hit a team best four doubles this year to go along with six RBI. Stony Brook has a total of six batters hitting better that .300, as they are hitting .272 as a team.
The Seawolves pitching staff is led by Tyler Honahan, who has a 2-2 record in four starts this year. He has an 8.10 ERA in 16.2 innings pitched with a team best 17 strikeouts. The Stony Brook staff has a combined ERA of 5.75, as opposing hitters are hitting .267 against them.
Stony Brook leads the all-time series, 47-9, with all but one contest coming in America East play. The Seawolves have dominated play in recent years, winning nine out of the last ten meetings. The last Retriever win came back on March 29, 2013 where UMBC took a 2-1 decision in extra innings on Long Island.
UMBC will continue their seven game home stand, with a mid-week meeting with Navy on Wednesday, March 23. First pitch with the Midshipmen is set for 4 p.m.