Retriever Baseball Opens the Last Month of Play Against La Salle and Georgetown This Week

Photo: Ian Feldmann
Photo: Ian Feldmann

Baltimore, Md.-- UMBC baseball returns to action this week when they travel to La Salle on Tuesday before hosting Georgetown on Wednesday at Alumni Field. The Retrievers are coming off a 2-1 series loss to first-place Stony Brook this past weekend. The Seawolves earned a win in game one 11-3 before fighting back to take game two 8-6. In the series finale on Sunday, UMBC jumped out to a 2-0 lead but Stony Brook rallied to tie it and win in extra innings, 3-2 to drop UMBC to 20-21, 6-12 AE.

La Salle Game Info:
What: UMBC Retrievers (20-21) at La Salle Explorers (22-23)
Where: Hank DeVincent Field - Philadelphia, Pa.
When: Tuesday, April 30 - 3:00 p.m.
How to Watch: Live stream on ESPN+ ($), live stats at GoExplorers.com
Social Media: @umbcbaseball, @UMBCAthletics, #RetrieverNation, #AEBASE

Georgetown Game Info:
What: UMBC Retrievers (20-21) vs. Georgetown Hoyas (16-27)
Where: Alumni Field - Baltimore, Md.
When: Wednesday, May 1 - 6:00 p.m.
How to Watch: Live video and live stats at UMBCRetrievers.com
Social Media: @umbcbaseball, @UMBCAthletics, #RetrieverNation, #AEBASE

Scouting the Retrievers:

-UMBC comes into the contest at 20-21 on the year, their fifth straight 20-win season after going 1-2 against Stony Brook this past weekend. UMBC dropped the first game before coming back to win game two 8-6. In the finale, UMBC jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but the Seawolves rallied to win 3-2 in extra innings.

-Terrence Pinkston (La Plata, Md./McDonough/Norfolk State) is leading the team in several offensive categories, including batting average (.347), hits (51), runs (42), doubles (15) and stolen bases (22). Christian Torres (Miami, Fla.) is batting .320 with a team best 35 RBI while AJ Wright (Cherry Hill, N.J.) provides the power with six home runs, one of three Retrievers with five or more.

-Stephen Schoch (Laurel, Md./Good Counsel/Appalachian State) leads the pitching staff with a 3.18 ERA and a team high five wins in 14 appearances. He has struck out a team best 51 batters. Tanner Esposito (Williamsport, Pa.) will get the start on Tuesday against the Explorers. Esposito is 2-0 with a 6.04 ERA in seven starts and 25.1 innings pitched. He has struck out 15 batters giving up 17 earned runs.

Scouting the Explorers:

-La Salle comes into the contest at 22-23 on the year after dropping two of three against A10 foe UMass this weekend. The Explorers took game one with a slim 6-5 victory before falling the final two games, 9-6 and 5-2. La Salle is 14-9 at home this year, compared to 8-14 on the road.

-The Explorers have a quartet of batters hitting over .300 led by Peyton Sorrels at .380. Sorrels also leads the team with 68 hits, 46 runs scored, four triples and 17 stolen bases. Tatem Levins (.338), Kevin McGowan (.309) and Tommy Toal (.305) are all over .300 with Levins leading the team with eight home runs.

-Right hander Chuck Kelley will get the start for the Explorers against the Retrievers. Kelley is 1-2 in two starts and ten appearances. He sports a 4.91 ERA in 18.1 innings of work, striking out 19 and surrendering just 10 earned runs.  

Scouting the Hoyas:

-The Hoyas sit at 16-27 on the year after a three-game sweep of St. John's this weekend at Shirley Povich Field. Georgetown held the Red Storm to just five runs scored over the three games, as they improve their home record to 9-7, going just 5-13 away from Bethesda.

-Eddie McCabe leads the team with a .312 batting average on a team best 49 hits in 157 at bats. Kyle Ruedisili provides the power on the offense with eight home runs and 24 runs batted in.

-Anthony Redfern will get the start for the Hoyas on Wednesday. Redfern is 0-2 in three starts and seven appearances with 4.91 ERA. He has 13 strikeouts, issuing 11 walks with eight earned runs in 14.2 innings.

All-Time Series:

-This will be the first meeting all-time with the Explorers.

-The Retrievers and Hoyas have met 54 times in the all-time series with UMBC holding a 34-20 lead in the series. Last year, the Hoyas won both matchups, 11-9 and 11-6. The home loss last year was the first for the Retrievers in Baltimore against Georgetown since 2012.

Stealing All the Bases:

-UMBC is on pace to reset all records in the stolen bases categories this year, records that were last broken during the team's historic 2015 season. This year the Retrievers have stolen 84 bases which ranks second in program history, just behind the 2015 team who stole 113 bags. They have attempted 100 steals, just 13 behind second place at 113 back in 2016.

-Terrence Pinkston has stolen 22 bases, just seven behind first place in a single season set by Anthony Gatto and Kevin Lachance in 2015.

On Deck:

-UMBC remains home to host Binghamton in a key America East series for the Dawgs. UMBC is currently just a game out of the last playoff spot with just the series against the Bearcats and UMass Lowell left.