Baltimore, Md.-- UMBC baseball picked up their fourth straight win, getting a balanced attack from the lineup in a 9-4 victory in the series opener against Mount St. Mary's. Christian Torres (Miami, Fla.) drove in three, including a big two-run home run to lead the Retrievers on Friday afternoon.
The Retrievers improve to 9-11 while the Mountaineers fall to 9-13 on the year.
The Mountaineers got the scoring started thanks to a two-run home run in the second to take an early lead. The Retrievers wasted no time responding, tying the game the next half inning. Blaze O'Saben (Warrenton, Va.) reached with a two-out single and scored four pitches later on an AJ Wright (Cherry Hill, N.J.) double to right center. Torres tied the game, driving in Wright on a single to left to make it 2-2.
UMBC pulled in front with two more runs the next inning. Raven Beeman (Somerset, Pa.) reached base on a walk and would be driven in on an Andres Machado (Coral Gables, Fla.) single. Machado would come around to score thanks to a Terrence Pinkston (La Plata, Md./McDonough/Norfolk State) single to left center to give UMBC a 4-2 lead.
Mount St. Mary's would cut the deficit to 4-3 with a solo home run in the fifth, but the Retrievers would put up runs in the seventh, eighth and ninth to take a commanding lead.
Wright singled up the middle in the seventh to score Pinkston to extend the lead back to two. Peter Godrick (Millersville, Md./Archbishop Spalding) and Machado each drove in runs in the eighth with Torres capping the scoring with a big two-run home run in the ninth to make it 9-3 in favor of the Retrievers.
MSM added a run in their half of the ninth, but the Retrievers shut the door for the 9-4 win on Friday afternoon.
Torres drove in three runs with two hits. Pinkston led the Retrievers with three hits in five at bats, scoring once. Five different Retrievers had multiple hits in the contest.
Nick Trabacchi (Smithtown, N.Y.) picked up his second win of the year, going seven strong innings scattering six hits with four strikeouts.
UMBC and Mount St. Mary's will continue their series with a double header starting at noon tomorrow. The two will play a pair of seven inning games.