Baltimore, Md.—UMBC baseball returns to Baltimore for an important America East series with league leading Binghamton on Saturday and Sunday. The Retrievers are coming off a 6-4 come-from-behind victory at Navy on Tuesday. UMBC sits at 17-16, 6-5 AE on the year.
Alumni Field Promotions:
-UMBC baseball once again teams up with the Oriole Advocates in their Cardboard 2 Leather campaign. Fans can donate old and unwanted baseball gear at the games on Saturday, helping the Oriole Advocates in distributing baseball gear and equipment to those who need it most.
-Sunday's series finale will feature first pitches from members of the Columbia Baseball League.
Binghamton Series Info:
What: UMBC Retrievers (17-16, 6-5 AE) vs. Binghamton Bearcats (15-19, 10-2 AE)
When: Saturday and Sunday, April 23-24 – Saturday (DH) starting at 3 p.m., Sunday starting at 1 p.m.
Where: Baltimore, Md. – Alumni Field
How to Watch: Live Video at UMBCRetrievers.TV, live stats at UMBCRetrievers.com
Social Media: @UMBCBaseball, @UMBCAthletics, @AmericaEast, #AEBASE, #GritAndGlory
Probable Pitching Matchups:
Game One: Binghamton RHP Jake Cryts (3-3, 4.80 ERA) vs. UMBC RHP Cory Callahan (0-1, 2.16 ERA)
Game Two: Binghamton RHP Mike Bunal (3-3, 5.06 ERA) vs. UMBC RHP Conrad Wozniak (5-2, 2.98 ERA)
Game Three: Binghamton RHP Jake Wloczewski (2-0, 2.88 ERA) vs. UMBC RHP Jacob Christian (2-1, 3.90 ERA)
Scouting the Retrievers (17-16, 6-5 AE):
-The Retrievers return to Baltimore having most recently knocked off a strong Navy squad in Annapolis on Tuesday. UMBC got a clutch hit from Andrew Casali (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) in the ninth to give UMBC the lead for good. Casali then pitched the bottom of the inning to earn his first career win.
-Kevin Lachance (Clifton, Va./Centreville) leads the team offensively, hitting .392, having played in every game. He leads the team in hits (51), and home runs (5) as well as swiping 19 bases in 22 tries. Classmate Anthony Gatto (Hauppauge, N.Y./Smithtown West) is second on the team with a .358 average, while junior Andrew Casali (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) is batting .326 with seven doubles and a team best five triples.
-On the mound, Conrad Wozniak (Cypress, Texas/Cypress Woods/Frank Phillip) leads the rotation with a 2.98 ERA in eight starts this season. Wozniak has a 5-2 record in 48.1 innings pitched with a team best 40 strikeouts. Junior Cory Callahan (Sykesville, Md./Good Counsel) has made two starts in a team leading 14 appearances. He has thrown 33.1 innings of work with 19 strikeouts.
Scouting the Bearcats (15-19, 10-2 AE):
-The Bearcats come into the weekend at 15-19, 10-2 AE, and sit atop the America East standings. Binghamton most recently split a mid-week double header at Marist on Wednesday. The Bearcats took game one 15-7, before falling in game two 6-1.
-Binghamton is led by CJ Krowiak at the plate, hitting .331 with 45 hits, seven doubles and 19 RBI. Krowiak also leads the team with nine stolen bases. Brendan Skidmore, Reed Gamache, and Eddie Posavec are also hitting over .300 for the year. Skidmore is hitting .331 with a team best seven home runs and 28 RBI.
-On the mound, the Bearcats have a team ERA of 5.75, with batters hitting .287 against them. Jake Wloczewski leads the weekend rotation with a 2.88 ERA in six starts with a 2-0 record. Wloczewski has given up just 11 runs with ten strikeouts. Mike Bunal will also get a start this weekend, and he leads the team with 48.0 innings of work with a team best 47 strikeouts.
-Binghamton leads the all-time series, 40-15, including a 40-12 record in America East play. The Retrievers, however, have won the last six games.
-Last year the Retrievers swept the season series, winning three at Alumni Field and three in Vestal.
-Head Coach Bob Mumma is fast approaching 100 career wins as a head coach. In his fifth year at the helm of the Retrievers, Mumma had a 79-121 heading into the season. The Retriever alum is just four wins away from hitting the career milestone.
-The Retrievers will host Coppin State on Wednesday, April 27 at Alumni Field. First pitch with the Eagles is set for 6 p.m. with live coverage on AmericaEast.TV.