Retriever Baseball Kicks off NCAA Tournament at Winston-Salem Regional This Weekend

Retriever Baseball Kicks off NCAA Tournament at Winston-Salem Regional This Weekend

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Baltimore, Md.—UMBC baseball heads to North Carolina for the NCAA Tournament this weekend, just days after winning their first America East title in program history. The Winston-Salem Regional will feature host Wake Forest as the top seed, as well as Maryland and West Virginia. 

Winston-Salem Regional Info:

What: 2017 NCAA Tournament – Winston-Salem Regional (Wake Forest, Maryland, West Virginia, UMBC)

Where: David F. Couch Ballpark – Winston-Salem, N.C.

When: Friday-Sunday June 2-4

How to Watch: All games will be streamed on ESPN 3

Social Media: @UMBCBaseball, @UMBCAthletics, @NCAACWS, #RoadToOmaha, #AEBASE

Retriever Update

-UMBC continues their hot postseason play in the Winston-Salem Regional of the NCAA Tournament this weekend. The Retrievers have saved their best baseball for the end of the season, as they went 3-0 in the America East Tournament, earing their first league title. 

Scouting the Retrievers 

-UMBC comes into the regional at 23-23, winners of their last four contests. Most recently, the Retrievers knocked off Maine in the America East Title game to earn their first conference title. The Black and Gold loaded the bases in the tenth, winning on a four pitch walk-off walk to Zack Bright.

-Seniors Andrew Casali and Hunter Dolshun lead the offense with .333 batting averages. Casali leads the team in multiple categories including hits (62), triples (3), total bases (90) and stolen bases (12). Dolshun provides the power to the Retriever order, belting nine home runs with a team best 34 RBI. 

-Classmate Michael Austin leads the rotation with a 4.21 ERA in eight starts and 17 appearances. He holds a 4-2 record in 62 innings pitched with 45 strikeouts. Jacob Christian has the most strikeouts on the staff with 53.

Scouting the Field 

-Wake Forest comes into the regional at 39-18 on the year, falling to Miami in the ACC tournament last week. The Demon Deacons won their tournament opener, 5-4 against Georgia Tech, before falling 5-2 to Miami in Louisville. Stuart Fairchild who is hitting .353 with a team best 83 hits and 15 home runs leads the team offensively. On the mound, Connor Johnstone (7-0, 3.46 ERA) and Parker Dunshee (9-1, 4.16 ERA) lead the staff. 

-West Virginia is 34-24 on the year, dropping a 4-3 extra inning decision to Oklahoma State to end the season. Ivan Gonzalez has the best average on the team at .314 with 25 RBI. Darius Hill has driven in a team best 44 RBI on a team best 69 hits. On the mound, BJ Myers has been the top starter, going 4-4 in 15 starts with a 4.15 ERA. 

-The Terrapins finished the season at 37-21, falling to Northwestern in the Big Ten semifinals, 6-5. Marty Costes leads the offense with a .326 average and a team best 75 hits, 11 home runs, three triples and 42 RBI. On the hill, Brian Shaffer is the top starter with a 7-3 record in 15 starts and a 2.18 ERA in 103.1 innings pitched. 

All-Time vs. Regional Opponents

-UMBC is a combined 11-35-1 against the teams in the Winston-Salem Regional. 

-The Retrievers are 11-30-1 against Maryland, having played earlier this year. The Terrapins took a 10-2 decision in College Park in early May. 

-UMBC in a combined 0-5 against West Virginia and Wake Forest, with the Mountaineers and Retrievers having last played in 2013 where UMBC fell 4-0. The Black and Gold played last year, with the Demon Deacons winning 10-8 in February. 

Looking Back at the America East Tournament 

-The Black and Gold saved their best baseball for the end of the season, winning all three games they played in the conference tournament. 

-UMBC took down Stony Brook in game one, behind a solid performance from Michael Austin on the mound. Playing the Seawolves for the fourth time in the span of a week, the Retrievers jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, holding off a rally late for the win. 

-Game two saw the Retrievers dominate from the get-go, putting up nine runs in three innings. UMBC got more than enough help from their defense and pitching as Matt Chanin pitched a complete game with a season best eight strikeouts in the win. 

-In the title tilt, UMBC fell behind early after Maine scored in the top of the first. UMBC would tie the game just a couple innings later. As the game went to extra innings, the Retriever defense stood tall, holding Maine at bay. In the tenth with the bases loaded, Zack Bright drew a four pitch walk-off walk to give UMBC the title.

-Hunter Dolshun was named tournament MOP, while Dolshun, Connor Staskey, Andrew Casali, and Matt Chanin earned All-Tournament Team honors. 

Retriever All-Conference Honors 

Five different Retrievers earned spots on All-Confer­ence teams, led by Rookie of the Year Christian Torres. Torres was also placed on the All-Rookie and All-Con­ference Second Teams. Hunter Dolshun was named to the All-Conference First Team for the second straight season, while Michael Austin (All-Conference Second Team), Zack Bright (All-Conference Second Team) and Cory Callahan (All-Academic Team) also earned confer­ence honors. 

Number Never Lie 

-UMBC hit their stride at the end of the season, as the pitching staff came together at a crucial time of the year. Over the last four games of the year (Stony Brook twice, Albany and Maine), the Retriever pitching staff posted a 0.71 ERA giving up just three earned runs and striking out 26 batters in 38 innings.

-Senior Andrew Casali has been a catalyst for UMBC in the playoffs. The Connecticut native has played in nine America East Tournament games, batting .457 (16-35) with nine RBI.

-UMBC has been one of the best offenses in the league, batting a league best .293 during the 2017 campaign.

UMBC in NCAA Tournament History

-The Retrievers will be making their third NCAA Tournament appearance, with the first two coming in 1992 and 2001. The 1992 team earned an at large bid after going 37-13, 10-4 in the East Coast Conference. Current head coach Bob Mumma was a member of that squad.

-In 2001, the team won their first conference title in program history, winning the Northeast Conference with a 31-20-2 record. However both appearances ended quickly, as UMBC has an 0-4 record all-time in NCAA Tournament games.

25 Years Ago

-Just a quarter of a century ago, the UMBC baseball team made their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament, earning an at-large bid in 1992. Current head coach Bob Mumma was a junior on the team and had one of the biggest seasons in program history.

-Mumma and the Retrievers earned an at-large bid after going 37-13 during the year, the most wins in a single season. Mumma smashed 13 home runs that season while teammate Shawn Shugars batting .426, the eight best in a single season.