Baltimore, Md.—UMBC baseball returns to the field after a week off at UMass Lowell this Saturday and Sunday. The three game set will be the final regular season road contests for the Retrievers, who will finish the season with seven home games. UMBC hasn't played since Sunday, May 1, where the Retrievers knocked off Stony Brook 6-3 in extra innings to move to 20-20, 8-9 AE on the year.
UMass Lowell Series Info:
What: UMBC Retrievers (20-20, 8-9 AE) at UMass Lowell River Hawks (17-23, 5-13 AE)
When: Saturday, May 7 (DH starting at 1 p.m.) and Sunday, May 8 (single starting at noon)
Where: Lowell, Mass. – LeLacheur Park
How to Watch: All games will be streamed live at AmericaEast.TV with live stats at GoRiverHawks.com
Social Media: @UMBCBaseball, @UMBCAthletics, @AmericaEast, #AEBASE, #GritAndGlory
Probable Pitching Matchups:
Game One: UMBC RHP Cory Callahan (0-2, 2.76 ERA) vs. UML RHP Andrew Ryan (3-5, 2.48 ERA)
Game Two: UMBC RHP Conrad Wozniak (5-3, 3.24 ERA) vs. UML Steve Xirinachs (1-6, 3.04 ERA)
Game Three: UMBC RHP Jacob Christian (2-1, 3.89 ERA) vs. UML RHP Nick Kuzia (2-5, 4.13 ERA)
Scouting the Retrievers:
-UMBC comes into the mid-week meeting with George Mason at 20-20, 8-9 AE after going 2-2 last week with wins against Coppin State and Stony Brook. The Retrievers needed extra innings to take down the Seawolves on Sunday, getting big performances from freshman AJ Wright (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill West) and junior Andrew Casali (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) in the win.
-Kevin Lachance (Clifton, Va./Centreville) leads the team offensively, hitting .401, having played in every game. He leads the team in hits (63), doubles (11), as well as swiping 25 bases in 29 tries. Classmate Anthony Gatto (Hauppauge, N.Y./Smithtown West) is second on the team with a .352 average, while junior Hunter Dolshun is hitting .336 with a team best seven home runs.
-On the mound, Conrad Wozniak (Cypress, Texas/Cypress Woods/Frank Phillip) leads the rotation with a 3.24 ERA in ten starts this season. Wozniak has a 5-3 record in 58.1 innings pitched with a team best 47 strikeouts. Junior Cory Callahan (Sykesville, Md./Good Counsel) has made four starts since entering the rotation, throwing 42.1 innings of work with 21 strikeouts.
Scouting the River Hawks:
-UMass Lowell enters the weekend at 17-23, 5-13 AE on the year, having most recently being swept at Maine last weekend. The Black Bears gave up just five runs in the three game set.
-Joe Consolmagno and Steve Passatempo lead the River Hawks in almost every offensive statistical category. Consolmagno is batting .289 with 41 hits, four doubles, four triples and 21 RBIs. Passatempo is second on the team with a .266 average, with 38 hits and a team best nine home runs.
-On the mound the River Hawks have a collective ERA of 3.62m with opponents batting .251 against them. The River Hawks will trot Andrew Ryan, Steve Xirinachs and Nick Kuzia out to the mound this weekend. Ryan leads the rotation with a 2.49 ERA, going 3-5 in ten starts.
One Away From 100:
-With his most recent win against Stony Brook, head coach Bob Mumma is just one win away from career win number 100. The Retriever skipper is in his fifth year at the helm of UMBC, and had a 79-121 record coming into 2016.
-Senior Kevin Lachance and junior Andrew Casali are fast approaching the top of the record books in several categories. Lachance is just 22 hits away from the program record for a career. He is also five stolen bases away from breaking his own single season record he set last year.
-Casali is just one triple shy of tying the single season record, while also being two sacrifices away from the all-time lead.
-The River Hawks hold a slim 5-4 lead, including a 2-1 record in games played in Lowell. The Retrievers, however, have won the four of the last six against the River Hawks, including a three game sweep earlier this year in Baltimore.
-UMBC starts their seven game home stand to end the regular season with a pair of mid-week matchups against Georgetown on Tuesday, May 10 and UMES on Wednesday, May 11. Both games start at 6 p.m. from Alumni Field.