Fort Myers, Fla.—UMBC baseball fell in the series opener with the Eagles, 5-0 on Friday in Fort Myers. The Retrievers managed five hits, loading the bases twice, but failed to score a run leaving 11 runners on base in the loss.
UMBC falls to 5-11 while FGCU improves to 16-5 on the year.
Freshman Max Goron (Laurel, Md./Reservior) picked up the loss for the Retrievers in his first career start to move to 2-1. Mario Leon earned the win for the Eagles to move to 3-1, striking out ten in six innings.
Neither side could get anything going through the first three innings, as both starters dominated the game early. FGCU broke through in the fourth, putting up a pair of runs due in part to a Retriever error.
The Retriever bats came alive in the sixth, getting a leadoff single from AJ Wright (Cherry Hill, N.J.) moving to third after Zack Bright (Fairfax Station, Va.) reached on an error. However, three straight outs ended the inning.
FGCU added a trio of runs the very next inning to take a 5-0 lead, after the Retrievers went down in order in the top of the frame. UMBC tried to cut the lead in the eighth, as Bright and Dmitri Floyd (Dover, Del.) had back-to-back walks, followed by a Christian Torres (Miami, Fla.) single to load the bases. However, all three would be stranded on an inning ending strike out.
The Eagles held the Retrievers in the ninth to take a 5-0 victory on Friday.
Torres led the Retrievers with a pair of hits with Wright, Floyd and Dalton Stewart (Sharpsburg, Md./Boonsboro) also had hits in the loss.
Game two of the series will commence at 2 p.m. tomorrow from Fort Myers, Fla. Freshman Nick Trabacchi (Smithtown, N.Y.) will get the start for UMBC.