Retrievers Split Saturday Double Header Against UNC Asheville

Retrievers Split Saturday Double Header Against UNC Asheville

Asheville, N.C.— UMBC baseball split the final two games against UNC Asheville on Saturday, winning the second of the twin bill to improve to 2-9 on the year.

Game One:

The Retrievers once again found themselves behind early on in the game, as the Bulldogs raced out to a 4-0 lead after two innings.

UMBC got on the board with a run in the top of the fourth. Dalton Stewart (Sharpsburg, Md./Boonsboro) got on with a one-out single and would steal second just a couple pitches later. Freshman Christian Torres (Miami, Fla./Miami Senior) brought Stewart home with a double to right, cutting the deficit to 4-1.

After UNC Asheville responded with a pair of runs to make it 6-1, the Retrievers went on to score five straight over the next two innings. Raven Beeman (Somerset, Pa./Somerset) led off the fifth with a single and would advance to second on a stolen base. Collin Stack (Jamestown, N.Y./Monroe CC) would drive him in with a single up the middle to make it 6-2.

A passed ball moved Stack up to third, followed by a Jamie Switalski (Gibsonia, Pa./Pine-Richland) walk set up Stewart. The freshman doubled to right center, plating Stack and Switalski to cut the Bulldog lead to 6-4.

The very next inning, Owen Schneider (Stafford, Va./Colonial Forge) would cross home after he singled and scored on a Zack Bright (Fairfax Station, Va./WT Woodson) double. Stack once again struck with an RBI single up the middle to plate Bright, tying the game.

However the Bulldogs struck the final blow, getting the walk-off win on an RBI single in the ninth.

Stack led the offense with three hits, driving in two runs. Mitchell Carroll (Oakton, Va./Oakton) also collected three hits, while Stewart drove in two runs.

Game Two:

The Retrievers came out in game two swinging, getting a run in the top of the first on a Switalski RBI double, scoring Stack.

After a Bulldog run in the bottom of the inning, UMBC scored a pair of runs in both the third and fourth innings. Switalski struck again, blasting a big two-run home run to increase the lead to 3-1 in the third. In the fourth, AJ Wright (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill West) reached on a fielding error, and moved up on a Stack single. Just pitched later, Dalton Stewart singled home both runners to make it 5-1 UMBC.

UNC Asheville would cut the lead to 5-4 after the eighth, but UMBC put up three in the ninth to take the 8-4 victory.

Starter Joe Vanderplas (Fairfax, Va./Tennessee) picked up the win going 5.1 innings giving up just two runs with three strikeouts. Cory Callahan (Sykesville, Md./Good Counsel) earned the save, not giving up a hit in 1.2 innings of work.

Switalski had four hits with four RBI in the win.

The Retrievers will be back in action on Wednesday, March 15 with a 6 p.m. first pitch against Navy at Alumni Field.