Baltimore, Md.—UMBC baseball senior Kevin Lachance (Clifton, Va./Centreville) was named America East Player of the Week, the conference announced on Tuesday. Lachance has gotten off to a hot start this year, as he finished the week hitting .778 with five RBI and five runs scored. The Retrievers are 4-9 on the year, winners of the last two.
Richmond Game Info:
What: UMBC Retrievers (4-9) at Richmond Spiders (11-6)
Where: Richmond, Va. – Pitt Field
When: Wednesday, March 16 – 3:00 p.m.
Social Media: @UMBCBaseball, #AEBase, #GritAndGlory
Scouting the Retrievers:
UMBC comes into the mid-week meeting at 4-9 overall, having won their last two games against Towson and Coppin State by scores of 12-3. The Retrievers most recently dismantled the Eagles, 12-3 on Wednesday, as UMBC mustered 14 hits, coming back from down 3-0 to start the game. Junior Andrew Casali (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) had a monster day, going 3-5 with a double, triple and home run, with three RBI.
Lachance leads the team, hitting .472 on the year with a team best 25 hits, 13 RBI and three home runs. The senior has stolen nine bases, while drawing nine walks. Classmate Nick Naumann (Essex, Md./John Carroll/Chestnut Hill) is batting .375 and is second on the team with 18 hits and has scored nine times.
On the hill, Riley Stephenson (Meridian, Idaho/Boonsboro) is leading the starters with a 3.63 ERA in 17.1 innings pitched. Stephenson has struck out ten, while only walking one. Senior Conrad Wozniak (Cypress, Texas/Cypress Woods/Frank Phillip) is the staff leader with 14 strikeouts.
Scouting the Spiders:
The Spiders are 11-6 on the season, including a 7-1 record in games played at Pitt Field. Richmond most recently lost to Princeton, 5-3 on Monday, after beating NYIT (9-1) and Penn State (6-5) at home this past weekend.
Kyle Adams leads the Spider offense with a .431 batting average. He has collected 25 hits, six of them for doubles with a triple and two home runs. Doug Kraeger is second on the team with a .379 average with 25 hits and a team best 18 RBI.
On the bump, Sean Collins and Dan Martinson lead the pitching staff. Collins is 1-1 in four starts, giving up just four earned runs for a 2.04 ERA. Martinson is a perfect 4-0 in his four starts, giving up eight earned with 15 strikeouts for a 2.67 ERA.
The Spiders and Retrievers have met 18 times, with Richmond holding a 13-5 lead in the series. Most recently, the two sides met up last year in South Carolina where the Spiders took a very competitive 3-2 decision.
The Retrievers will open America East play against defending champion Stony Brook on Saturday and Sunday March 19-20 in Baltimore. The Retrievers and Seawolves will play a single game on Saturday, and finish the series with a double-header on Sunday at Alumni Field.