Columbia, Md.-- UMBC baseball completed a two-game sweep of Delaware State on Saturday afternoon with 10-5 and 3-2 wins at Blandair Park. The Retrievers used ten hits in game one, including two triples from Christian Torres (Miami, Fla.) to pull ahead and got a big RBI ground out from Joey Goodwin (Rockville, Md./Good Counsel) in the sixth to win game two.
UMBC improves to 4-5 on the year, snapping a four game losing streak while the Hornets fall to 4-7.
The Retrievers jumped out in front of the Hornets, putting up three runs in the first inning. After AJ Wright (Cherry Hill, N.J.) reached on a throwing error, and got to third after a wild pitch, Torres smacked a triple to score him and Goodwin to make it 2-0 early. Blaze O'Saben (Warrenton, Va.) would bring in Torres just two batters later on a sacrifice fly to make it 3-0.
Torres struck again in the third, tripling home Goodwin to make it 4-0 while Colin Casey (Ipswich, Mass.) had a sac fly of his own in the fourth, scoring Ethan Wentzlaff (Damascus, Md./Damascus) to give UMBC a 5-0 lead.
Delaware State would get a run in the fifth on a solo home run. UMBC would have the answer in the form of a five run seventh inning. Wright singled in Casey, followed by a Goodwin RBI groundout scoring Terrence Pinkston (La Plata, Md./McDonough/Norfolk State). Torres would bring home Wright on a single, with Raven Beeman (Somerset, Pa.) capping the inning with a two-run home run to make it 10-1.
The Hornets would cut into the lead, putting up four runs in the eighth, but UMBC shut the door in the ninth to seal a 10-5 victory in game one.
UMBC starter Max Goron (Laurel, Md./Reservoir) had a masterful day, going 7.1 innings getting his first win of the year. Reid Celata (Virginia Beach, Va.) came in the final 1.2 innings and held the Hornets without a hit in the win.
Torres went 4-4 in the game with four RBI and two runs scored, as seven of the nine Retriever starters recorded hits.
UMBC starter Nick Trabacchi (Smithtown, N.Y.) had a great start for the Retrievers, going 3.1 innings, not giving up a hit with two strikeouts on the mound.
The Retrievers would finally crack through in the fourth. Wright led off the inning with a double and would advance on a Torres sacrifice bunt. He would later score on a suicide squeeze by Goodwin to make it 1-0 UMBC. O'Saben would bring in Goodwin with an RBI triple down the right field line, giving UMBC a 2-0 lead.
However, the Hornets would respond, getting a pair of runs to tie it in the fifth.
The Retrievers would retake the lead in the sixth with Goodwin plating Wright on an RBI groundout to make it 3-2.
After Delaware State loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh, Stephen Schoch (Laurel, Md./Good Counsel/Appalachian State) got a groundout to end the game, giving UMBC the series in a 3-2 win.
Wright and O'Saben each had two hits with Goodwin driving in two runs.
The Retrievers and Hornets will conclude the series tomorrow, March 10 at 2 p.m. from Blandair Park.