Retriever Baseball Travels to GW on Tuesday, Hosts Navy for Thursday Matinee
BALTIMORE – After earning its first-ever series win over conference rival Maine this past weekend, the UMBC baseball team takes on two local rivals for mid-week games. The Retrievers travel to Arlington, Va. to face George Washington on Tuesday, before returning home to host Navy at Alumni Field on Thursday. Both games are scheduled for 3:00 p.m. starts with Thursday's home contest set to air live on UMBCRetrievers.tv.
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UMBC (5-10) dropped the opening game of the weekend series against Maine, 4-1, but then took game two, 2-1, behind a complete-game effort from senior Mac Gill (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson). The Retrievers then outlasted the Black Bears in the finale for a 7-6 win in 12 innings. Red-shirt junior Jonny Dierks (Easton, Md./Independence/Fort Scott CC) pitched 5.2 innings of scoreless relief to pick up the win for the Black and Gold.
George Washington (7-13) dropped the first two games of a home series with St. Joseph's over the weekend, but salvaged the series with a 4-3 win on Sunday. The Colonials are 7-10 in home games at Barcroft Park this season.
Navy (12-11) split a four-game non-conference set with Princeton in Annapolis to remain above .500 for the year. The Midshipmen and Tigers split each of the doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday with the Mids winning the middle two games of the series. Navy is 1-2 on the road this season after playing 17 of its first 23 games in the friendly confines of Max Bishop Stadium. The Retrievers defeated the Mids in Annapolis, 8-3, back on March 12 thanks to a five-run sixth inning.
The pitching matchups have not been announced for the two games.
Sophomore Kevin Lachance (Clifton, Va./Centreville) went 4-for-10 in the three games against Maine, including a 2-for-2 game in Saturday's night cap, and leads the Retrievers with a .339 average. The second-year shortstop has connected for three doubles this season while scoring eight times and driving in six runs. Classmate Mark Esposito (Bethany, Conn./Amity Regional) has stabilized the left side of UMBC's defense at third base, and is hitting .314 this season.
Owen Beightol is hitting a team-best .319 (22-for-69) for GW, clubbing two home runs and three doubles in the early going. The senior outfielder also leads the club with 12 runs scored and has knocked in eight more.
Sophomore outfielder Robert Currie and sophomore infielder Drew Hayes are both batting over .300 for Navy with Currie collecting eight extra-base hits so far in 2014. Currie's 17 runs scored also lead the team and senior first baseman Kash Manzelli has driven in a team-best 15 runs.
George Washington leads the all-time series with UMBC, 29-15, but the Retrievers took the matchup in Northern Virginia last season, 4-1, behind a two-run home run from Jake Barnes (Annandale, Va./Annandale). The Colonials earned a split in the season series by taking a 12-5 decision at Alumni Field.
The Retrievers extended their lead in the all-time series with Navy to 21-18 with the win in Annapolis two weeks ago. Before the March 12 meeting, UMBC and Navy last met in 2012 for a three-game set with the Mids taking two of three.
- UMBC is 1-1 against in-state opponents this season (March 12 Win at Navy; March 19 Loss vs. Maryland).
- The Retrievers are 1-5 on the road and 2-7 overall in games away from Alumni Field in 2014.
- Esposito is hitting .333 (9-for-27) in non-conference action this season.
- UMBC has stolen 17 bases in 23 attempts so far. Last year, the Retrievers stole 48 bases, the sixth-most in a single season in program history.