Baltimore, Md.—Retriever baseball returns to the diamond this weekend with a three game series against Gardner-Webb in North Carolina. UMBC dropped the first three contests of the season at the Lexington County vs. Cancer Tournament last weekend.
Gardner-Webb Series Info:
What: UMBC Retrievers (0-3) at Gardner-Webb Runnin' Bulldogs (3-7)
When: Friday-Sunday, March 3-5 – Friday (4 p.m.), Saturday (2 p.m.), Sunday (1 p.m.)
Where: john Henry Moss Stadium/Bill Masters Field – Boiling Springs, N.C.
How to Watch: Live stats available at gwusports.com, live video (free) at BigSouthSports..com
Social Media: @UMBCAthletics, @UMBCBaseball, #AEBASE, #GritAndGlory
Scouting the Retrievers (0-3):
-UMBC is coming off three loses at the Lexington County vs. Cancer Tournament this past weekend. The Retrievers opened the weekend with an 8-5 loss to Liberty on Friday, falling 15-3 and 8-0 to St. John's the next two days.
-Seniors Hunter Dolshun (Warwick, N.Y./Warwick Valley) and Connor Hax (Bowie, Md./Bishop McNamara) led the offense batting .400 each. Dolshun is tied for the team lead with four hits, driving in three runs. Hax has a pair of hits with a run scored.
-The Retrievers will trot out Michael Austin (Eldersburg, Md./Bethune-Cookman), Matt Chanin (Olney, Md./Sherwood) and Jacob Christian (Nokesville, Va./Patriot) this weekend. Chanin leads the rotation with a 4.50 ERA in six innings. He struck out seven giving up just three earned runs against St. John's on Sunday.
Scouting the Runnin' Bulldogs (3-7):
-Gardner-Webb enters the weekend set at 3-7 overall, splitting a pair of mid-week games against Wright State on Tuesday and Wednesday. GWU earned a 9-8 win in game one, dropped the finale 8-6.
-Mason Fox leads the team at the plate hitting .385 in ten games in 2017. He has a team best 15 hits with two doubles and three home runs. Danny Sullivan, Collin Thacker and Mickey Dugan are all hitting over .300, with Thacker leading the team with ten RBI and three home runs.
-Wil Sellers, Zach Mosay and Bradley Hallman will start this weekend, each having started a pair of games this year. Hallman leads the staff with a 1.29 ERA in 14 innings of work. He is 1-1 with ten strikeouts, giving up just two runs.
-This will be the first meeting between the two schools.
-UMBC is 54-83 all-time against current Big South schools. The Retrievers trail in the all-time series with all except Campbell and UNC Asheville with records of 3-2 and 10-7 respectively.
-The Retrievers will have a pair of mid-week contests on Tuesday and Wednesday. UMBC will head to Delaware on Tuesday with a 2:30 p.m. start time before hosting Towson at 2:30 p.m. in the home opener on Wednesday.