Retrievers Drop 11-5 Decision to UNC Asheville on Friday Afternoon

Retrievers Drop 11-5 Decision to UNC Asheville on Friday Afternoon

Asheville, N.C.—UMBC baseball started the game with four runs in the top of the first, but the Bulldogs answered with eight straight to take the lead for good in an 11-5 win on Friday. Mitchell Carroll (Oakton, Va./Oakton) led the Retriever offense with two hits.

The Retrievers fall to 1-8 while the Bulldogs improve to 6-6.

UMBC got things going in the first, as Collin Stack (Jamestown, N.Y./Monroe CC) led off the game with a single. He would advance to second as Andrew Casali (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) reached on a fielding error. AJ Wright (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill West) moved Stack to third on a fly out. With the bases loaded, Jamie Switalski (Gibsonia, Pa./Pine-Richland) drew a walk to bring Stack home.

Connor Hax (Bowie, Md./Bishop McNamara) would step to the plate and draw a walk to allow Casali to cross home to make it 2-0. Just a few pitches later, Switalski would score on a wild pitch to increase the lead. Zack DeThomasis (Rennsalaer, N.Y./Hudson Valley CC) gave the Retrievers a 4-0 lead with an RBI infield single.

However the Bulldogs answered back in their half of the second, scoring eight runs in the inning, aided by a pair of UMBC errors.

The Retrievers would cut into the deficit, getting a run in the fifth on a Switalski RBI ground out that scored Wright to make it 8-5.

UNC Asheville would tack on a run in fifth and a pair in the seventh, as they took an 11-5 victory on Friday afternoon.

Carroll was the lone Retriever with multiple hits, collecting two in four at bats. Switalski, Zack Bright (Fairfax Station, Va./WT Woodson), Hax, and DeThomasis all drove in runs for the Retrievers.

The Bulldogs and Retrievers will now play a double header tomorrow, Saturday March 11 starting at noon. The teams will play two nine inning games, as inclement weather is expected in the Asheville, N.C. area on Sunday.