Baltimore, Md.-- The Retrievers cap a five-game home stand against second place Hartford on Saturday and Sunday at Alumni Field. UMBC is coming off a 6-1 win against Maryland Eastern Shore on Wednesday afternoon to move to 17-17, 3-9 AE on the year. The Retrievers need just three more wins for their fifth straight 20 win season dating back to the 2015 season and are just a game out of the final playoff spot in the America East behind UMass Lowell.
Hartford Series Info:
What: UMBC Retrievers (17-17, 3-9 AE) vs. Hartford Hawks (12-20, 6-3 AE)
Where: Alumni Field - Baltimore, Md.
When: Saturday DH starting at 5:30 p.m., Sunday single game at 1 p.m.
How to Watch: Live stats available for all games at UMBCRetrievers.com
Social Media: @umbcbaseball, @UMBCAthletics, #RetrieverNation, #AEBASE
Scouting the Retrievers:
-The Retrievers come into the contest at 17-17, 3-9 AE on the year after splitting the first two games of the home stand with a 7-2 loss to Towson on Tuesday and a 6-1 win against Eastern Shore on Wednesday afternoon. Freshman Tanner Esposito (Williamsport, Pa.) picked up his first win of the year, going six strong innings in the win.
-Christian Torres (Miami, Fla.) and Terrence Pinkston (La Plata, Md./McDonough/Norfolk State) continue to lead the Retriever offense as they have most of the year batting .333 each through 34 games. Torres has one more hit than Pinkston (41) with three triples, four home runs and 33 RBI. Pinkston has scored a team best 32 times with 11 doubles and tied for the team lead with four home runs.
-Cooper Adams (Potomac, Md./St. John's College) and Stephen Schoch (Laurel, Md./Good Counsel/Appalachian State) lead the pitching staff with a 3.77 and 4.08 ERA respectively. Adams has thrown 31.0 innings in four starts and nine appearances with Schoch going 3-2 in 10 appearances with a team best 41 strikeouts.
Scouting the Hawks:
-Hartford comes into the series with the Retrievers at 12-20, 6-3 AE on the year in second place in the conference. The Hawks are on a four-game losing skid after being swept by Bryant last weekend and falling to Rhode Island on Wednesday. Hartford is 6-7 at home this year, compared to 6-13 on the road.
-John Thrasher and Chris Sullivan lead the Hawks at the dish with a .312 average and .300 average respectively. Sullivan leads the team with 36 hits with 18 runs scored and 30 RBI on the year. Ashton Bardzell has hit five home runs this year with .288 average.
-The Hawks will send Sebastian DiMauro, Nicholas Dombkowski and Billy DeVito to the hill this weekend against the Retrievers who are a combined 5-7 on the year. Dombkowski has thrown the most innings with 45.2 innings of work with 49 strikeouts and a 5.12 ERA. DiMauro and DeVito have a 5.86 and 6.82 ERA respectively.
-The Hawks and Retrievers have met 64 times prior to this weekend with the series tied 32-32. Last year, the Hawks won the season series, 4-2, sweeping the Retrievers in Connecticut with UMBC taking two of three in Baltimore.
Showing off the Wheels:
-The Retrievers are quickly rising the ranks in the stolen base category both as a team and individually. As a team, the Retrievers have stolen 73 bases, tied for third most in a single season with the 2016 team. The most in a single season was 113 back in 2015 and they are just two away from tying the 1991 team who had 75.
-The team is also tied for third in attempted steals with 87, tying last years team and are just behind second place at 113 (2016) and first place at 144 (2015).
-Individually, Blaze O'Saben (Warrenton, Va.) and Terrence Pinkston are tied for fourth with 18 swipes in 2019. Former Retrievers Anthony Gatto and Kevin Lachance are tied for first with 29 stolen bases in a single season in 2015. Pinkston has attempted 21 steals and O'Saben with 19 ranks them third and fourth respectively in a single season behind Gatto and Lachance at 34 in 2015.
-UMBC will hit the road on Tuesday, April 23 to take on rival Towson at 3 p.m. before returning home next weekend to take on first place Stony Brook at Alumni Field.