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Baseball Swept in Season Finale by Vermont

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GAME 1: Vermont 3, UMBC 0

Ed Bach pitched a decent game allowing three runs on five hits with five strikeouts, but Vermont completely shut down UMBC’s hitting as they recorded just four hits and no runs. And no matter how good your pitching is, when you don’t score you can’t win.

GAME 2: Vermont 5, UMBC 1

UMBC got an early lead as Brad Brainer crossed the plate in the top of the first inning, but Kevin Clark gave up five runs off seven hits for the eventual loss. The hitting was still bad for UMBC. They only recorded three hits and two of them came in the first inning.

Game 3: Vermont 12, UMBC 0

Austin Drewyer got shelled in game three. He gave up 11 runs off 12 hits in five innings of work. But once again it does not matter what your pitching does, or how bad they play, if the team cannot get runs they cannot win. UMBC got six hits but was unable to capitalize on any of chances as they were shutout.

Game 4: Vermont 7, UMBC 4

After a rain delay on sunday the game was rescheduled to Monday and the team played much better than the previous three outings. Brad Brainer and Rich Conlon both recorded multi-hit games while UMBC recorded four runs off eight hits. But the pitching still needs work. Travis Pearson gave up five runs and his help in Steve Miller gave up two more in the loss.

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Written by Corey Johns

May 11, 2009 at 6:21 pm

Baseball falls to Nationally Ranked George Mason, 12-4

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Max Himmelstein is going to be a good player in his UMBC career. He went 4-5 with one run and one RBI against the Patriots but only Tom Meaney helped his effort with a multi-hit game. The problem was once again pitching. Travis Pearson got shelled in the third inning, giving up five run which was enough for the loss. But to put the blame on him would be wrong. The defense had three errors and none of those five runs were earned. The relievers did not help much either. Steve Miller gave up five runs in three innings himself while Brian Klukowicz gave up two runs in 1.1 innings. The only retriever pitcher to not allow a run was Josh Dick, who pitched a shut out 1.2 innings.

Written by Corey Johns

April 29, 2009 at 9:25 am

Baseball Gets Big Win Down the Stretch with 9-7 win over Georgetown

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It’s not big in a sense that it will get us in the playoffs because it is non-conference but it’s got to be a confidence boaster for the guys who’ve just gone through an abysmal season. They’re now 6-26 but haven’t been destroyed in many games. The problem has been pitching but Dave divita stood strong on the mound giving up just three runs (2 earned) in six innings with three K’s. Michael Pesci almost blew it at the end giving up four runs in the ninth but Steve Miller shut down the final two batters for the save.

UMBC got off to a slow start in the game. They were down 1-0 for the first three innings but finally got on the board, with a two run fourth inning as Shawn Retz hit a home run to left field to score himself and Wink Nolan.

The next inning they built the lead two more. Justin Lamborn reached second on a throwing error early in the inning to give UMBC a player in scoring position with just one runner down. They Rich Conlon added another base runner when he took a pitch to the side. But it was Nolan who got the RBI’s. He singled to left and with Lamborn and Conlon’s speed they added the two more runs.

While Georgetown added a run in the fifth UMBC answered right back in the sixth when Tom Meaney for a lead off-double only to be batter in by the next batter.

Georgetown was being pesky though. They added another run in the sixth and were showing signs of getting to Divita. But Coach John Jancuska called for the relief. Michael Pesci pitched a 1-2-3 seventh inning while UMBC backed him up in the eighth. Conlon had a two RBI at bat to score Dustin Ferguson and Rick Phillips. But they weren’t done their. Lamborn crossed the plate when Casey Medairy helped him out with a single to left center. And Conlon who started the help with the scoring crossed the plate one a error to give UMBC a four run inning and a 9-3 lead.

While Pesci only gave up one hit in the bottom of the eight he gave UMBC a scare in the bottom of the ninth when he gave up four runs with just one out. But Jancuska made another good call to get him out of their and have Steve Miller come in. Miller also almost blew the game as he allowed the bases to be loaded, but got the save for UMBC’s sixth win of the season.

ONe thing to realize about UMBC is they are very young. They have 12 freshman and six sophomores. The team has been killed by errors and inexperienced pitching all season. And whie the top five have hit consistently, after that it’s been questionable. they’re building a strong team but it’s going to take some tiem. Divita is going to be a good pitcher by next year and his senior year. Conlon and Lamborn are very good building blocks for the team. they are a good infield combo for next year ans Conlon will likely go back to short stop and Lamborn will likely take over for Brad Brainer at second base and Himmelstein looks to be the power for the next few years at catcher and first base. It’s just a gorwing period but they’ll be fine soon.

Baseball Drops Two Games to Fairfield

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GAME 1: Fairfield 7, UMBC, 2

Ed Bach is off to a very slow start this year. His first two years at UMBC he attracted pro scouts every time he stepped on the mound but that Ed Bach hasn’t shown up this year. He gave up five runs off eight hits in six innings with four strikeouts. Granted non of the five runs were earned but he was still pinned with his fifth loss this year.

Travis Pearson didn’t have much more success in relief. In three innings he allowed four hits with two runs (both earned) and no strikeouts.

The only two runs for UMBC came in the fourth inning with Tom Meaney homered to center field to also score Wink Nolan.

GAME 2: Fairfield 6, UMBC 4

The team scored twice as many runs in the second game of the double header but the pitching was still and issue. Kevin Clark far from meet the performance in his last outing which was a shutout but but this time in 4.1 innings he gave up eight hits, though just two runs (both earned). Three pitchers came out in relief. Steve Miller pitched 0.2 innings with two runs to finish the inning. Michael Pesci came in for one out but Ryan Morse was the one who was given the loss after giving up two runs off six hits in 2.2 innings.

Brad Brainer (2-4) and Justin Lambron (3-4) each scored two runs with Wink Nolan getting two of the RBI’s, but the two eighth inning runs by Fairfield were the difference for the UMBC loss.

Written by Corey Johns

March 28, 2009 at 11:52 pm

Baseball Get’s First Shutout in over 2 Years, Drop NJIT 5-0

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Before the shutout they lost a heart breaker to North Dakota State in 10 innings, 7-6. The gem of the day though was the shutout win against NJIT. The last time the team pitched a shutout was March 10, 2007 over Wagner.

Kevin Clark pitcked a beautiful 7 innings with five strikeouts and just three hits. It’s clark’s first year at UMBC and that was actually his first start after playing at Catonsville Community College last season. Freshman Steve Miller came in for the final two innings to close out the game with a shutout.

All around it was a pretty good game for UMBC. Shawn Retz hit his fifth home run of the season in the top of the first to give UMBC the early advantage.

Three innings later UMBC pilled on more runs as Tom Meany hit a three run jack to left field to bring in Justin Lambron and Max Himmelstein.

The final run came in the eighth innings when Meaney doubled to score Himmelstein.

Himmelstein had a great outing going 2-3 with 2 runs but the star of the offensive attack was Meaney who went 2-4 with 2 runs and four RBI’s, including the three run home run in the third.

Even though it was against NJIT, who is mostly know around the country because they are terrible at sports, it was nice to see two new pitchers pitched disciplined and when they did give up a few hits they hung in there to end the innings and not lose composure and give up more hits for runs.

Written by Corey Johns

March 20, 2009 at 9:32 am

Baseball Loses to Pittsburgh, Beats North Dakota State

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Bare with me baseball fans but the box scores aren’t being posted until a day or two after the game but I do have they finals for their last two games.

Pittsburgh topped UMBC 12-8 yesterday and they beat North Dakota State 13-3 today.

I don’t have box scores but one thing is clear. UMBC hasn’t lost a lot of hitting that they had last year even with the four big bats gone. The problem, much like last year, was pitching. It’s hard when you score 8 runs and lose but they have to get more consistent pitching. The pitching did come alive against North Dakota State and the bats stayed alive. I’ll update you who pitched and everything as soon as I can.

UPDATE:

Pittsburgh box score up-

second baseman Brad Brainer and short stop Justin Lambron lead the way with a 3-5 2 run and 2-3 3 run day, respectively. Austin Drewyer pitched ok giving up four runs in five innings but the loss came from Steve Miller who gave up six runs in 1.2 innings. The starters have been good but the relievers need some work before conference play.

Written by Corey Johns

March 17, 2009 at 6:24 pm