Albany, N.Y. – The UMBC baseball team continued its end of the month hot streak, taking both games of a double-header, 15-8 and 5-2, respectively, over Albany (14-22, 3-11 America East) on Saturday afternoon.
The Retrievers were led by an offensive barrage in Game One, followed by Matt Chanin's (Olney, Md./Sherwood) second consecutive complete game in the night cap.
UMBC (16-17, 9-5 AE) has now tied a season-high with five straight wins and are now only a game and a half behind defending America East Champion Binghamton for first place in the conference.
The Retrievers offense opened the flood gates in game one, as five different players recorded multi-hit games. After Albany lead off their half of the first with a home run to take the lead 1-0, UMBC poured on nine unanswered runs between the third and fifth innings to go up 9-1 entering the sixth inning. They would bat around in the third, where six runs came by ways of Christian Torres (Miami, Fla./Miami Senior), Zach Bright (Fairfax Station, Va./WT Woodson), and Mitchell Carroll (Oakton, Va/Oakton) singles. Raven Beeman (Somerset, Pa./Somerset) would score the last two runs of the third by reaching base off an error.
Beeman would hit a home run in the seventh inning to put UMBC up 10-1, but the Great Danes would make a rally in their half of the seventh by pushing across four runs to make the score 10-5, cutting the deficit to five runs. UMBC would tack on five runs of their own in the eighth, lead off by Hunter Dolshun's (Warwick, N.Y./Warwick Valley) team-high fifth home run of the season. The inning was capped off by an AJ Wright (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill) double to make the score 15-5 going into the Albany eighth. Albany would fight back with three more runs between the eighth and ninth innings, but the Retrievers held on to win game one 15-8.
Michael Austin (Eldersburg, Md./Bethune-Cookman) went 6.1 innings, striking out eight batters as he picked up his third win of the season. Beeman lead the team at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a team-high three RBI.
The seven inning second game started off with both teams going scoreless through the first two frames. UMBC struck first, off a Torres single to go up 1-0 in the third, however, Albany would answer back, with a solo home run in the bottom of the third to tie the game.
The teams would go scoreless once again in the fourth, but the Retrievers offense would wake up in the fifth. After a Torres sac fly, his fourth RBI of the day, and a Bright RBI single, Carroll would hit a ground ball to the pitcher with bases loaded and one out. Carroll would be out at first, but Beeman who began the at bat on first, would advance to second on the play but was thrown out by the first baseman trying to reach to third. This however, would allow Bright and Dolshun, the other runners on base to score and put UMBC up 5-1.
Albany would get a run back in the fifth to make the score, 5-2, but that would be how the game ends.
Chanin's second straight complete game was his third win of the season. He would go seven innings, giving up six hits and two runs while striking out three batters.
The Retrievers look to complete the series sweep of the Great Danes, with the finale tomorrow with a noon scheduled first pitch.