Retrievers Battle Back to Take Rubber Match, 5-2 Against UMass Lowell on Sunday

Retrievers Battle Back to Take Rubber Match, 5-2 Against UMass Lowell on Sunday

Baltimore, Md.—After delaying the series finale between the Retrievers and River Hawks due to weather, UMBC came from behind to take the series rubber match 5-2 on Sunday. Freshman Christian Torres (Miami, Fla./Miami Senior) and junior Jamie Switalski (Gibsonia, Pa./Pine-Richland) each drove in two RBI to lead the Retrievers.

UMBC improves to 13-17, 7-5 AE, having won four of their last five. UMass Lowell falls to 20-16, 8-6 AE on the year. The Retrievers have now won eight of their last nine against the River Hawks, winning the last three series between the two.

The River Hawks got out to an early 2-0 lead after getting a run in the first and third innings.

UMBC found their bats in the bottom half of the third. Andrew Casali (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) got on base with a two-out single to center. Sophomore AJ Wright (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill West) followed up with a single to move Casali to second. Hunter Dolshun (Warwick, N.Y./Warwick Valley) brought home Casali just two pitches later to cut the deficit to just one.

Switalski came up next and ripped a triple off the center field fence, scoring Wright and Dolshun to give UMBC a 3-2 lead.

That would be all the Retrievers needed, as the UMBC pitching staff kept the River Hawks off the board the rest of the way.

UMBC added to their lead with a run in the sixth off a Torres RBI double that scored Switalski and a run in the eighth on another Torres RBI hit.

Cory Callahan (Sykesville, Md./Good Counsel) came on in the ninth and closed the door for his third save of the season. Starter Mitchell Wilson (Hagerstown, Md./St. James) went five innings, giving up five hits with four strikeouts to earn his fourth win.

Wright led the offense with three hits, while Torres and Switalski each had two hits and two RBI. 

UMBC returns to the diamond on Tuesday, April 25 against Georgetown. First pitch with the Hoyas is set for 7 p.m. at Shirley Povich Field in Rockville, Md.