BEL AIR, Md. – In the first matchup between the in-state rivals since 2010, Maryland scored two early runs and tacked on four more in the seventh and eighth innings to defeat the UMBC baseball team, 6-0, Wednesday afternoon at Harford Community College.
The Retrievers could not get much going against a Maryland (13-6) staff which limited the Black and Gold to just three hits. Starter Jake Drossner (2-0) earned his second win of the year after tossing six scoreless innings.
Sophomore Denis Mikush (Burke, Va./Robinson) took the loss for UMBC (3-9) after surrendering a two-run home in the bottom of the second inning to fall to 0-1 on the year.
After the Retrievers failed to score in the top of the first, senior Stephen Chrzanowski (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora/Hagerstown CC) was aided by a double-play ball to keep the game scoreless.
Maryland capitalized on Drossner's outing in the second inning as Jose Cuas lined a two-run homer to left to bring in Mike Rescigno who had been hit by a pitch and give the Terps a 2-0 lead.
UMBC relievers Kevin Ladner (Succasunna, N.J./Roxbury), Shane Vlasic (Ashburn, Va./Broad Run), Cory Callahan (Sykesville, Md./Good Counsel), and Bobby Applegate (Somerdale, N.J./Sterling/Gloucester County College) each pitched a scoreless inning to keep the Retrievers in it.
The Retrievers looked to push one across in the top sixth as freshman Connor Hax (Bowie, Md./Bishop McNamara) drew a lead-off walk. Senior Rob McCabe (Philadelphia, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep) followed by lacing a single to right to give UMBC runners on first and second with no outs. Two batters later Vince Corbi (Medford, N.J./Shawnee) grounded into a fielder's choice, to put men on first and third, and then stole second. The rally fell short though as the inning ended on a strike out.
Maryland added three runs in the bottom of the seventh as Kyle Convissar was hit-by-pitch with the bases loaded, Blake Schmit hit a sacrifice fly to left, and Anthony Papio singled to center.
UMBC went down in order in the top of the eighth and the Terps tacked on one more run to push the lead to 6-0 and round out the scoring.
The Retrievers now return home to continue America East play when they welcome Maine to Alumni Field for a three-game weekend series. The teams are scheduled to play a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 3:00 p.m. and then finish the set with a single game on Sunday.
- Today's game was the 41st all-time meeting between Maryland and UMBC. The Terps lead the all-time series between in-state rivals, 29-11-1.
- The Retrievers and Terps also met in Harford County in 2004 when Maryland took a 2-0 decision over UMBC at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen.
- UMBC is 1-2 in neutral site games in 2014.
- The Retrievers are 1-1 against in-state rivals this season (3/12 W at Navy; 3/19 L vs. Maryland). UMBC takes on Navy at home on March 26 before playing a home-and-home series with Towson on Apr. 26 (H) and May 6 (A).