Baltimore, Md.—UMBC baseball split their double header with Binghamton on Saturday, taking game one 5-4 and dropping game two 6-4. Kevin Lachance (Clifton, Va./Centreville) went 5-8 from the plate over the two games as UMBC falls to 18-17, 7-6 AE on the year.
Binghamton got on the board first, getting three singles in a row to score a run in the first half of the first. The Retrievers would not wait long for the response, putting up three runs in the bottom of the inning to take the lead. Anthony Gatto (Hauppauge, N.Y./Smithtown West) singled home Kevin Lachance (Clifton, Va./Centreville) who led off with a double to deep center. Hunter Dolshun (Warwick, N.Y./Warwick Valley) wasted little time, drilling a two-run homer to center to give UMBC a 3-1 lead after one.
The Retriever lead would be short lived, as the Bearcats scored three runs over the next three innings to take a 4-3 lead. Dolshun, however, would strike again, this time with a solo shot to left field to tie it up. Jamie Switalski followed up a few pitches later with a home run of his own to give UMBC the lead for good.
Reliever Patrick Phillips (Richmond, Va./Steward School/ODU) shut the door on the Bearcats late, going four innings of relief to earn the win. Phillips gave up just three hits with one strikeout. Senior Denis Mikush (Burke, Va./Robinson) came in the ninth to earn his third save of the year.
Dolshun led the Retriever offense going 3-4 with two home runs and three RBI.
Game two started much the same way game one did, with the Bearcats scoring first off a home run with two outs.
The Retrievers battled back, getting an RBI single from Gatto, plating Lachance to tie it early. But it was the Bearcats who took control getting a pair of runs in the third, and never surrendered the lead. UMBC would keep it close, cutting the deficit to one after a Lachance home run, but Darian Herncane hit two homers in back to back at bats to keep the Bearcats in front.
Binghamton starter Mike Bunal went the distance to get the win, while Jonny Dierks (Easton, Md./Independence/Fort Scott CC) took his third loss of the year. Lachance went 3-4 in the game with a home run and two RBI's
Game three of the series will begin at 1 p.m. tomorrow at Alumni Field.