West Hartford, Conn.—UMBC baseball fell in the opener, 16-7, before taking game two 7-3 after a comeback in the final inning. Junior Zack Bright (Fairfax Station, Va./WT Woodson) hit the go-ahead pinch hit single in the seventh to help UMBC split on Friday.
The Retrievers improve to 10-16, 4-4 AE while the Hawks fall to 11-17, 3-5 AE on the year.
The Hawks jumped out early with a run in the bottom of the first to take an early 1-0 lead.
UMBC responded the next half inning with a solo home run from Jamie Switalski (Gibsonia, Pa./Pine-Richland) and RBI single from Christian Torres (Miami, Fla./Miami Senior) that put the Retrievers in front 2-1.
Trailing 4-2, UMBC cut the deficit in half with Torres scoring on an RBI single from Mitchell Carroll (Oakton, Va./Oakton) to make it 4-3. However the Hawks would score 12 runs over the next four innings to take a commanding 16-4 lead into the final inning.
The Retrievers would not go quietly, as they got an RBI walk from Matt Shatto (Lancaster, Pa./Manheim Township), RBI single from Connor Hax (Bowie, Md./Bishop McNamara), and Bright sac fly to cut it to 16-7, but the Hawks shut the door taking game one.
Torres led the way in game one with three hits, scoring once and driving in a pair.
The Retrievers and Hawks battled to a scoreless tie through the first three innings, as UMBC starter Matt Chanin (Olney, Md./Sherwood) held the Hawks without a hit. However it would be Hartford who struck first, getting a pair of runs in the fourth to take a 2-0 lead.
UMBC answered the next half inning, getting a big two-run home run from Hunter Dolshun (Warwick, N.Y./Warwick Valley) to tie it before Collin Stack (Jamestown, N.Y./Monroe CC) singled home Jamie Switalski to give UMBC the lead 3-2.
The Hawks would tie it in the bottom of the fifth, but the Retrievers stuck last, getting four runs in the seventh, getting the go-ahead run on a Bright single scoring Stack.
Michael Austin (Eldersburg, Md./Bethune-Cookman) would retire the side in the bottom of the inning to give UMBC a 7-3 win in game two. Austin came in to relieve Chanin going 3.1 innings, giving up one run and four hits to earn his second win.
The rubber match will be played tomorrow, Saturday April 15 at noon in West Hartford on AmericaEast.TV.