Baltimore, Md.—UMBC baseball will face a familiar foe in James Madison on Tuesday, May 17 at 6 p.m. at Alumni Field. The Retrievers and Dukes played a three game series in Harrisonburg earlier this year, where the Dukes took two of three. UMBC is currently riding a six game winning streak, dating back to May 1, and are 25-20 on the year.
James Madison Game Info:
What: UMBC Retrievers (25-20) vs. James Madison Dukes (20-28)
When: Tuesday, May 17 – 6:00 p.m.
Where: Baltimore, Md. – Alumni Field
How to Watch: Live video at AmericaEast.TV, live stats at UMBCRetrievers.com
Social Media: @UMBCBaseball, @UMBCAthletics, @AmericaEast, #AEBASE, #GritAndGlory
Scouting the Retrievers:
-UMBC is currently riding a six game win streak, after defeating Delaware State 3-2 in extra innings on Friday. Mitchell Carroll (Oakton, Va./Oakton) finished off his big week, hitting the walk-off double in the 11th inning to score Tim Kelly (Hampton, Va./York/Virginia Tech).
-Kevin Lachance (Clifton, Va./Centreville) leads the team offensively, hitting .400, having played in every game. He leads the team in hits (70), doubles (14), as well as swiping 26 bases in 30 tries. Classmate Anthony Gatto (Hauppauge, N.Y./Smithtown West) is second on the team with a .340 average, while junior Hunter Dolshun is hitting .333 with a team best eight home runs.
-On the mound, Conrad Wozniak (Cypress, Texas/Cypress Woods/Frank Phillip) leads the rotation with a 3.08 ERA in 12 starts this season. Wozniak has a 6-3 record in 64.1 innings pitched with a team best 51 strikeouts. Junior Cory Callahan (Sykesville, Md./Good Counsel) has made five starts since entering the rotation, throwing 47.1 innings of work with 25 strikeouts.
Scouting the Dukes:
-James Madison enters the mid-week contest at 20-28 and most recently took two of three from UNC Wilmington this past weekend. The Seahawks won the opener before the Dukes took the final two games in Harrisonburg to win the series.
-Chad Carroll leads the team offensively with a .386 average, leading the team in hits (56) and stolen bases (17). He has hit nine doubles, three triples and one home run with 23 RBI on the year. Brett Johnson is second on the Dukes with a .331 average, smacking 54 hits and 29 RBIs on the year.
-The Dukes have a collective ERA of 6.76 with batters hitting .312 against them. Aaron Hoover leads the starting rotation with a 5.56 ERA in 12 starts this year. He is 5-4 in 69.2 innings of work with 37 strikeouts. Ben Garner is the leader out of the bullpen, with eight saves and a 3.34 ERA in 35.0 innings pitched.
-Tuesday's contest will see the three Carroll brothers share the field in Baltimore. Along with Mitchell, his brothers Chad and Tyler will take the field for the Dukes, both seniors. All three brothers played their high school ball at Oakton High School in northern Virginia.
-The Dukes and Retrievers have met 12 times prior to Tuesday, with James Madison holding a 9-3 record, including two wins this year. The Retrievers have never beaten the Dukes in Baltimore.
-Earlier this year, James Madison won the bookends of a three game series by scores of 12-7 and 13-5. The Retrievers took a 13-11 win in the middle of the series, winning in extra innings.
-Senior Kevin Lachance and junior Andrew Casali are fast approaching the top of the record books in several categories. Lachance is just 15 hits away from the program record for a career. He is also four 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 one sacrifice away from the all-time lead.
-UMBC will conclude the regular season on Friday and Saturday, May 20-21 with an America East Series with Hartford. The Hawks and Retrievers will play a double header on Friday starting at noon, with Senior Day on Saturday also at noon. Saturday will also serve as Alumni Day, as all UMBC baseball alumni are welcomed to join the Retriever seniors for pregame recognition.