Bats Go Quiet as UMBC Baseball Drops Both Games of Doubleheader to UMass Lowell
BALTIMORE – The UMBC baseball team managed just two runs against UMass Lowell starters Shane Beauchemin and Mike Calzetta and the Retrievers' seven-game win streak came to an end as the River Hawks swept Saturday's America East doubleheader at Alumni Field.
Beauchemin (3-3) outpitched UMBC sophomore Riley Stephenson (Frederick, Md./Boonsboro) in game one as the visitors won, 5-1, with both starters going the distance, and then Calzetta (3-1) shut down the Retrievers in a seven-inning complete-game win, a 15-1 victory for the River Hawks (15-15, 7-6 AE).
Stephenson (2-4) pitched well for the Retrievers in earning his first career complete game, but took the loss as Beauchemin held UMBC (13-20, 6-8 AE) to one run on four hits in nine innings. Stephenson struck out six and Beauchemin fanned four batters as each hurler issued one free pass.
Calzetta also yielded just one run to the Retrievers while scattering six hits in earning the win for UMass Lowell.
The River Hawks took the early lead in the series opener as Luke Reynolds started the game with a double to left-center and two batters later, after Reynolds moved to third on a grounder, Danny Mendick brought him home with an RBI ground out.
Stephenson held UMass Lowell off the board in the next three innings and his offense rewarded him in the bottom of the third. Senior Rob McCabe (Philadelphia, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep) led off the inning by slapping a single through the left side and then stole second. After sophomore Kevin Lachance (Clifton, Va./Centreville) reached on an error to put runners on first and third win no outs, freshman Andrew Casali (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) hit a sacrifice fly to deep left to plate McCabe and knot the game at 1-1.
Two innings later, the visitors took the lead for good with Jacob O'Keefe bringing in Ian Strom with an RBI single down the right field line and then Reynolds scoring O'Keefe on an RBI ground out to second. The River Hawks added two more in the top of the ninth as Matthew Sanchez knocked one in with a single up the middle and Jimmy Ricoy followed immediately with an RBI double down the left field line.
The Retrievers battled in the bottom of the ninth with Lachance smacking a single back up the box and freshman Hunter Dolshun (Warwick, N.Y./Warwick Valley) sending a single the other way to right with two down. Beauchemin got the next batter to ground out, though, and end the game.
In game two, UMBC started brightly as senior Mac Gill (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson) sent UMass Lowell down in order in the top of the first and the Retrievers plated one in the bottom half. With one out, Casali roped a double to left-center and junior Vince Corbi (Medford, N.J./Shawnee) delivered with an RBI single to center for a 1-0 UMBC lead.
The River Hawks responded with two runs in the top of the second and never trailed thereafter. The visitors added three more in the next frame before scoring two in the fifth, one in the sixth, and seven in the seventh.
Mendick connected for two home runs in four at-bats in game two for six RBI while Reynolds went 3-for-5 for the River Hawks, scoring three times and driving in a run as well.
UMBC and UMass Lowell conclude their weekend series on Sunday with a single game. First pitch at Alumni Field is scheduled for 12:00 p.m.
- Today's games were the first-ever matchups between the two America East rivals.
- UMBC is now 0-4 this season against teams it had not previously played before 2014 (0-2 vs. Elon; 0-2 vs. UMass Lowell).
- McCabe's stolen base in game one gives UMBC 50 for the season, the sixth-highest mark in program history.
- The Retrievers are now 7-9 when scoring first after taking the lead in game two.