Wright Blasts Second Home Run, Triples in a 6-3 Extra Inning Win on Sunday

Wright Blasts Second Home Run, Triples in a 6-3 Extra Inning Win on Sunday

Stony Brook, N.Y.—UMBC baseball picked up a 6-3 win in extra innings against the Seawolves on Sunday. Freshman AJ Wright (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill West) went 3-4 with a solo home run and an RBI triple in the win that improves the Retrievers to 20-20, 8-9 AE on the year.

Neither team could break through early, as both sides remained scoreless through the first five innings. The Retrievers got a two run single from Andrew Casali (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) in the sixth, scoring Anthony Gatto (Hauppauge, N.Y./Smithtown West) and Hunter Dolshun (Warwick, N.Y./Warwick Valley) after an error by David Real.

UMBC increased their lead with a solo home run by Wright in the ninth to take a 3-0 lead into the bottom of the inning. The Seawolves however found their bats, tying the game with three runs to force extra innings.

In the extra sessions, both teams went down in order in the tenth, before the Retrievers broke through in the 11th. Dolshun led off the inning with a single, before Casali tripled home the Retriever catcher to give them a 4-3 lead. Wright followed up the very next batter with a triple of his own to score Casali. Tim Kelly (Hampton, Va./York/Virginia Tech) added the insurance with a sac fly, plating Wright to make it 6-3.

Jonny Dierks (Easton, Md./Independence/Fort Scott CC) gave up just one hit in the bottom of the frame to earn his fifth win of the year. Wright and Casali each had three hits in the win.

UMBC continues their road swing with a mid-week matchup at George Mason on Tuesday, May 3 at 3 p.m.