BALTIMORE – Seniors Brandon Coluccio (Freehold, N.J./Freehold Township/Brookdale CC) and Rob McCabe (Philadelphia, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep) have been selected to lead the UMBC baseball team for the 2014 season, head coach Bob Mumma announced on Thursday afternoon.
"They're both good players and are some of the hardest-working guys on our team," Mumma said. "They are certainly admired by their peers and both bring the attitude that we want our players to have day-in and day-out.
"Both Brandon and Rob are more concerned with the team success on and off the field than their own."
McCabe becomes the first three-time captain in Retriever program history after serving in the leadership role as a sophomore and junior. Last season, the outfielder hit a career-best .280 while collecting 45 base hits and swiping a career-high ten bases. He also knocked in the game-winning, walk-off RBI with a single to left against Coppin State. In addition, McCabe recorded 134 put-outs and .966 fielding percentage as UMBC recorded a .961 team fielding percentage.
"Rob has shown a tremendous work ethic and dedication to the program over his career here," said Mumma. "He's a great teammate who has been a leader since he came to UMBC."
Coluccio joined the UMBC squad last season after competing at Brookdale Community College in New Jersey. Serving primarily as the club's designated hitter, Coluccio hit .246, but drove in 16 runs. He also played behind the plate, helping the Retriever staff drop its earned run average (ERA) (4.78) over four points from 2012 (9.01).
"He is a natural leader with a lot of experience," Mumma said of Coluccio. "He works very hard behind the plate and has picked up some clutch hits for us."
The UMBC baseball team opens its 2014 season with a three-game set at William and Mary from Feb. 28-March 2 in Williamsburg, Va. The Retrievers then head to South Carolina for the Myrtle Beach Hyundai Classic before coming back to Maryland to play at UMES on March 12 and hosting Navy at Alumni Field on March 13.