UMBC Baseball Travels to UNC Asheville for Three Game Series This Weekend

UMBC Baseball Travels to UNC Asheville for Three Game Series This Weekend

Baltimore, Md.—UMBC baseball will travel down to North Carolina to take on UNC Asheville this weekend in a three game set with the Bulldogs. The Retrievers are coming off a 7-3 extra inning loss to Towson on Wednesday that saw UMBC come back from three down to force extras.

UNC Asheville Series Info:

What: UMBC Retrievers (1-7) at UNC Asheville Bulldogs (5-6)

When: Friday-Sunday, March 10-12 – Each game starting at 1 p.m.

Where: Greenwood Field – Asheville, N.C.

How to Watch: Live video at BigSouthSports.com, live stats at UNCABulldogs.com

Social Media: @UMBCAthletics, @UMBCBaseball, #AEBASE, #GritAndGlory

Scouting the Retrievers (1-7):

-The Retrievers are coming off a 7-3 loss to Towson on Wednesday in 11 innings. The Tigers got up 3-0 early, before UMBC put up three runs over the seventh and eighth. However in the 11th, Towson got a three-run home run and added another run to seal the win.

-Three Retrievers are hitting over .300, led by Zack Bright (Fairfax Station, Va./WT Woodson) at .364. Zack DeThomasis (Rennsalaer, N.Y./Hudson Valley CC) and Hunter Dolshun (Warwick, N.Y./Warwick Valley) are batting .333 and .318 respectively. AJ Wright (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill West) and Andrew Casali (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) pace the offense with five RBI each.

-UMBC will see Michael Austin (Eldersburg, Md./Bethune-Cookman), Matt Chanin (Olney, Md./Sherwood) and Jacob Christian (Nokesville, Va./Patriot) start this weekend. Chanin leads the rotation with a 4.15 ERA in two starts, striking out ten in 13 innings. Austin holds a 6.52 ERA in 9.2 innings of work, while Christian has a team best 14 strikeouts with a 5.79 ERA.

Scouting the Bulldogs (5-6):

-UNC Asheville comes into the weekend at 5-6 after dropping a 4-3 decision to Appalachian State on Wednesday in Boone, N.C. The Bulldogs hold a 2-1 record in Asheville, going 2-4 away from home and 1-1 in neutral site games.

-A trio of Bulldogs are batting over the .300 mark, led by Justin Woods. Woods is hitting .357 with ten hits and two home runs. Jake Madole is hitting .333 with a pair of doubles while Brandon Lankford is batting .326 with team bests in runs (11), home runs (4), and RBI (12).

-Spencer Orr leads the pitching staff, going 1-0 in three starts with a team best 19.1 innings pitched, fanning 12 batters. Woods also appears out of the bullpen for the Bulldogs, with five appearances and two saves in six innings of work.

All-Time Series:

-UMBC and UNC Asheville have met 17 times in the all-time series, with the Retrievers holding a slim 10-7 lead. UMBC has won two of the last three matchups, all played in Baltimore.

-The two have not met since 1998, when both were a part of the Big South Conference. All-time in Asheville, UMBC leads 5-4.

On Deck:

-The Retrievers will return home with a mid-week contest against Navy on Wednesday, March 15. First pitch at Alumni Field is set for 6 p.m.