Lowell, Mass.—UMBC baseball earned a pair of victories on Saturday against the River Hawks by scores of 7-3 and 2-1. Hunter Dolshun (Warwick, N.Y./Warwick Valley) had the big two RBI double in game two that gave UMBC the lead, and finished with three RBIs on the day as the Retrievers improve to 22-20, 10-9 AE on the year. After the game one win, head coach Bob Mumma picked up his 100th career victory.
The Retrievers jumped on the River Hawks early, getting a run off an Anthony Gatto (Hauppauge, N.Y./Smithtown West) RBI foul out, plating Kevin Lachance (Clifton, Va./Centreville). UMBC would add to their advantage in the fourth, getting a home run from Dolshun and an RBI single from Andrew Casali (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) to make it 3-0 UMBC.
The River Hawks (17-25, 5-15 AE) would answer with two runs in their half of the fourth, but the Retrievers never wavered, holding UMass Lowell to just three runs in the contest.
Freshman AJ Wright (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill West) singled home Casali in the sixth, before a trio of runs in the seventh sealed the victory for the Retrievers.
UMass Lowell would try to cut into the deficit, scoring on a wild pitch in the eighth, but Casali shut down the River Hawks in the ninth, giving UMBC a 7-3 win.
Lachance went 3-5 in game one scoring twice. Casali added three hits and an RBI. The Retriever pitching staff combined for ten strikeouts, including five from Jonny Dierks (Easton, Md./Independence/Fort Scott), who picked up his sixth win of the year.
The second game saw the River Hawks come out as the aggressor, scoring a run in their half of the first on a single up the middle.
Neither side had much going with the bats through the next few innings, till the Retrievers broke through in the fourth. Nick Naumann (Essex, Md./John Carroll/Chestnut Hill) reached after being plunked in the head with a pitch. Gatto came up and singled the very next pitch, moving Naumann to second. Dolshun laced a double down the left field line just pitches later to give UMBC a 2-1 lead.
That would be all the Retriever pitchers needed, as Patrick Phillips (Richmond, Va./Steward School/ODU) came on in relief of starter Conrad Wozniak (Cypress, Texas/Cypress Woods/Frank Phillip) to shut down the River Hawks. UMBC got a game ending double play to take the second game 2-1.
Wozniak went five full innings, striking out three to earn his sixth win of the year. Phillips pitched two innings of relief to earn the save.
Game three begins at noon tomorrow from LeLacheur Park.