Baltimore, Md.—UMBC Baseball will put their six game win streak on the line with a home-and-home series against Mount St. Mary's this Saturday and Sunday. The Retrievers and Mountaineers will play a double-header at Alumni Field starting at 1 p.m. that will feature two seven inning games. Sunday the teams will play a single game in Emmitsburg starting at 1 p.m. UMBC sits at 11-10, 4-1 AE on the year, including a 7-1 record in Baltimore.
Mount St. Mary's Series Info:
What: UMBC Retrievers (11-10, 4-1 AE) vs. Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers (2-17, 1-7 NEC)
When: Saturday, April 2 and Sunday, April 3
Where: Saturday in Baltimore (DH, 1 pm), Sunday in Emmitsburg, Md. (E.T. Straw Family Stadium, 1 pm)
How to Watch: Saturday will stream on AmericaEast.TV, Sunday live stats available at mountathletics.com
Social Media: @UMBCBaseball, @UMBCAthletics, #AEBASE, #GritAndGlory, @AmericaEast
Probable Pitching Matchups:
Game 1: MSM RHP Connor Graber (0-4, 9.43 ERA) vs. UMBC RHP Riley Stephenson (1-2, 4.43 ERA)
Game 2: MSM LHP Chad Diehl (1-4, 6.00 ERA) vs. UMBC Conrad Wozniak (2-2, 4.28 ERA)
Game 3: UMBC RHP Matt Chanin (0-3, 10.02 ERA) vs. MSM TBD
Scouting the Retrievers (11-10, 4-1 AE):
UMBC comes into the weekend series at 11-10, 4-1 AE on the year, winners of their last six. The cardiac Dawgs once again needed the last minute heroics, as the Retrievers battled from down 8-6 to tie the contest at 8-8 against George Washington on Tuesday. UMBC then got a pair of runs in the 11th inning to earn the victory.
Kevin Lachance (Clifton, Va./Centreville) leads the team offensively, hitting .435 through 21 games. He leads the team in hits (37), and home runs (4) as well as swiping 12 bases in 14 tries and is 16th in the nation in batting average. Classmate Anthony Gatto (Hauppauge, N.Y./Smithtown West) is second on the team with a .391 average, while sophomore Jamie Switalski (Gibsonia, Pa./Pine-Richland) is third hitting .342 with a team best 22 RBI.
On the mound, Conrad Wozniak (Cypress, Texas/Cypress Woods/Frank Phillip) leads the rotation with a 4.28 ERA in five starts this season. Wozniak has a 2-2 record in 27.1 innings pitched with a team best 22 strikeouts. Seniors Jonny Dierks (Easton, Md./Independence/Fort Scott CC) and Denis Mikush (Burke, Va./Robinson) lead the bullpen with nine and eight appearances each. Dierks is 3-0 with two saves, while Mikush is the program leader in career saves (10), with two to his credit this year.
Scouting the Mountaineers (2-17, 1-7 AE):
Mount St. Mary's enters the weekend with the Retrievers at 2-17 on the year, with one win coming at UNC Asheville (2-1) and at Fairleigh Dickinson (13-6) earlier this month. Most recently the Mount dropped an 8-7 decision to Towson this past Wednesday.
Ryan Owens is one of two Mountaineers hitting over .300 at .323, having played in all but one game this year. Owens leads the team with 21 hits and seven doubles, having driven in ten runs in 2016. Zach Hostetter is batting .319 with 15 hits and seven runs scored.
The Mountaineers pitching staff has a collective ERA of 9.14, as the two probable starters on Saturday led the team in major categories. Chad Diehl leads the starting rotation with a 6.00 ERA making six starts, going 1-4 in those starts. He has thrown 27 innings, giving up 37 hits and 18 earned runs while striking out 21. Connor Graber will also start on Saturday, and has an ERA of 9.43 in five starts. He has struck out 14 while issuing 13 walks.
UMBC leads the all-time series, 66-21-1 in 88 all-time meetings. The Retrievers have had a stranglehold on the series, winning the last seven meetings, dating back to 2011. Last year the Retrievers won a 4-3 extra inning game up in Emmitsburg, before dismantling the Mountaineers, 20-5 in Baltimore.
The Retrievers will host George Washington on Tuesday, April 5 at 6 p.m. The Colonials and Retrievers met just a week ago, with UMBC coming away with a 10-8 extra inning win.