Baltimore, Md.-- UMBC baseball will be the No. 3 seed in the upcoming America East Tournament, and will take on No. 6 seed Albany on Wednesday afternoon. The Retrievers and Great Danes split their only two meetings just days ago in Baltimore.
America East Tournament Info:
What: 2018 America East Tournament
Where: Mahaney Diamond - Orono, Maine
When: Wednesday-Saturday, May 23-26
Teams Competing: Hartford, UMass Lowell, UMBC, Stony Brook, Maine, Albany
How to Watch: Live stream on ESPN+, live stats at AmericaEast.com
Social Media: In game updates at @UMBCAthletics using the hashtag #RetrieverNation, #AEBASE, #AEChamps
Scouting the Retrievers:
-UMBC enters the tournament at 22-27 as the three seed. Most recently, the Retrievers split the regular season finale with Albany on Sunday, falling in game one 3-2 in 11 innings, before taking the nightcap, 6-1. AJ Wright (Cherry Hill, N.J.) led the Retrievers with a pair of multi-hit games, including a leadoff home run in game one.
-Freshman Joey Goodwin (Rockville, Md./Good Counsel) leads the Retrievers at the plate with a .360 batting average. Senior Zack Bright (Fairfax Station, Va.) has a team best 49 hits with 29 RBI and 27 runs scored. Wright has 48 hits with 20 doubles and three home runs. Freshman Dmitri Floyd (Dover, Del.) is currently riding a ten-game on base streak.
-Stephen Schoch (Laurel, Md./Appalachian State) leads the pitching staff with a 1.79 ERA in 23 appearances. He has ten saves in 55.1 innings of work with 66 strikeouts. The Retrievers will look to Matt Chanin (Olney, Md./Sherwood), Chase Bailey (Fairfax, Va.) and Max Goron (Laurel, Md./Reservoir) in the tournament. The trio is a combined 8-12 on the year with Chanin throwing a complete game shutout on the year.
Scouting the Field:
-For the second straight year, the tournament field will consist of six teams. Hartford earned the top spot, winning the regular season title for the first time in program history. UMass Lowell will be the two seed after qualifying for their first postseason birth in Division I history. Stony Brook, Maine and Albany round out the field with the preseason favorite Binghamton missing the tournament.
-Teams two through five all finished within a game and half of each other, as the seeding came down to the final games of the season.
UMBC in America East Tournament History:
-The Retrievers will be making their fifth appearance in the America East Tournament, and fourth in a row. In 2015 the Retrievers picked up their first tournament win in a 9-5 win against Maine. The Dawgs got all the way to the America East Championship game, where they fell 16-11 to Stony Brook. All-time, UMBC is 5-6 going 3-0 last year, 0-2 in 2016, 2-2 in 2015 and 0-2 in 2008.
They Say Defending is Hard to Do:
-Only four times since 1990 has a team repeated as conference champion. The last team to do so was Binghamton in 2013-14. UMBC will look to join the Bearcats, as well as Maine (2005-06), and Delaware (1998-01, 1995-96) as the only teams to repeat.
A Look Back at the 2017 Tournament:
-The Retrievers earned the two seed in last year's tournament on the final day of the regular season, using a walk off double by Collin Stack (Jamestown, N.Y.) over Stony Brook. UMBC would face the Seawolves in their opening game, winning 3-2. UMBC would then get a complete game shutout from Matt Chanin against Albany in a 9-0 victory before taking down Maine in the title game 2-1 after a walk off walk by Zack Bright.
-Hunter Dolshun was named tournament Most Outstanding Player, joined by Chanin, Andrew Casali, and Connor Staskey on the All-Tournament.