Retrievers Head to Lowell Looking to Capture Their First #AEBASE Title

Retrievers Head to Lowell Looking to Capture Their First #AEBASE Title

Championship Central

Baltimore, Md.—UMBC baseball looks to avenge last year's loss in the America East Championship game in this year's America East Tournament this week. The Retrievers finished the regular season at 28-21, 13-10 AE on the year, and will be the fourth seed in the tournament.

America East Tournament Info:

What: 2016 America East Baseball Championships

When: Wednesday, May 25 – Saturday, May 28

Where: Lowell, Mass. – LeLacheur Park

How to Watch: Live video of all games on AmericaEast.TV, live stats at AmericaEast.com

Social Media: @UMBCBaseball, @UMBCAthletics, @AE_GameDay, @AmericaEast, #AEChamps

#4 UMBC vs. #5 Albany Game Info:

What: #4 UMBC Retrievers (28-21) vs. #5 Albany Great Danes (21-28)

When: Wednesday, May 25 – 12:00 P.M.

How to Watch: Live video at AmericaEast.TV, live stats at AmericaEast.com

Scouting the Retrievers:

-The Retrieves come into the tournament winners of nine of their last ten, including winning two of three against Hartford this past weekend to end the regular season. The Dawgs blasted five home runs in the series, outscoring the Hawks 24-16 in the three games.

-UMBC is led by Kevin Lachance and Anthony Gatto who are hitting .390 and .367 respectively. Lachance leads the team with 76, 50 runs scored and 14 doubles. Hunter Dolshun has a team best 47 RBIs with 13 home runs.

-On the mound, Cory Callahan and Conrad Woznaik lead the rotation with ERA's of 3.02 and 3.12 respectively. Callahan has made six starts since joining the rotation in the middle of the season. He is 0-2 with a save in 50.2 innings of work. Wozniak has thrown a team best 69.1 innings and 52 strikeouts with four complete games. Senior Denis Mikush has made 21 appearances out of the pen, going 3-1 with three saves.

Scouting the Great Danes:

-Albany comes into the tournament at 21-28 overall, 9-14 in America East play, having dropped two of three against Stony Brook this past weekend.

-Matt Hinchy and Kyle Sacks lead the Great Danes offensively, batting .348 and .320 respectively. Hinchy has 33 RBIs with nine doubles, one triple and a home run in 2016, while Sacks has a team best 56 hits, with eight doubles and two home runs.

-On the mound, Brendan Ryan leads the team with a 5-4 record in seven starts  with a 3.34 ERA. He has a complete game to his credit, as well as a save. Stephen Woods leads Albany with a conference best 81 strikeouts in 59.1 innings of work.

All-Time Series:

-UMBC and Albany will be meeting for the 51st time in the series history. Albany holds a 32-18 record in the previous 50 meetings, including a 2-1 series win for the Great Danes earlier this year.

-This will be the first time the two sides meet in America East Tournament action, as the two sides have never played a neutral site game against each other. 

Record Breakers:

-The Retrievers once again set records in 2016, including head coach Bob Mumma, who recorded his 100th career victory. The UMBC skipper got win number 100 against UMass Lowell on May 7 in a 7-3 win. He reaches the career milestone in just his fifth season at the helm of the Retrievers.

-Senior reliever Denis Mikush became the program leader in career saves, earning save number 11 in a 10-8 extra inning win at George Washington on March 29. Mikush also holds the school record for saves in a single season, set last year.

-Andrew Casali become the program leader in career sacrifices with 31 earlier this month. The Connecticut native broke Vince Corbi's record of 30, which he set in 2015.

On Deck:

-The loser of the game will face the loser of No. 3 Stony Brook and No. 6 Maine at 7 p.m. in an elimination game. The winner will take on No. 1 Binghamton on Thursday at noon.