Columbia, Md. (Mar. 9, 2019) --- The Delaware State baseball team dropped two games to UMBC today, falling 10-5 in game one and 3-2 in the nightcap.
In the opener, third baseman Christian Torres was four-for-four with two triples and four runs batted in to lead UMBC’s 10-hit attack.
The Retrievers opened the scoring with three runs off Delaware Starter Sean McGrath in the bottom of the first inning. The big blow in the inning was a two-run triple by Torres. He also triple in a third inning run to give UMBC a 4-0 lead.
The Retrievers added a run in the fourth off McGrath to lead 5-0.
The Hornets got on the board in the fifth on a two-out solo homer to left by Todd Henry, his first of the season.
UMBC still led 5-1 before tacking on five more runs in the seventh off DSU reliever Austin Warrington.
Outfielder Raven Beeman smacked a two-run homer, while Torres and A.J. Wright had run-scoring singles in the inning.
Delaware State put on a late charge with four runs in the top of the eighth to cut the deficit to 10-5. Mark Herron tripled to lead off the inning and scored the Hornets’ second run when Alex Vasquez followed with a double. Two batters later, John Weglarz tripled in Vasquez was DSU’s second run of the inning. Miguel Rivera singled in Vasquez with the third of the inning and Jared Gills drove in the final run of the frame on a sacrifice fly.
Rivera had two of the Hornets’ nine hits in the game.
McGrath (1-1) was tagged with the game one loss for DSU. He threw the first five innings, allowing four hits and five run, four earned, while striking out six and walking four.
UMBC starter Max Goron (1-0) threw 7.1 innings to earn the win in the opener.
In the seven-inning nightcap, the Retrievers scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth and held off a last inning rally by the Hornets for a 3-2 victory.
The game was scoreless before UMBC scored two runs in the fourth off DSU starter Garrett Lawson. Wright doubled to lead off the Retriever fourth and scored the first run of the game on a one-out bunt single by Joey Goodwin. Blaze O’Saben tripled in Goodwin with two outs for the second run of the inning.
The Hornets answered with two runs in the fifth to tie the game. Weglarz doubled with two outs and Tripp Kimmell drew a walk to put runners at second and third. Vasquez followed with a double to centerfield to score Weglarz and Kimmell to tie the game.
In the UMBC sixth, Lawson gave up a double to lead off the inning. After Wright moved to third on a sacrifice bunt, he scored the go-ahead run on a grounder to short.
In the Hornet seventh, UMBC reliever Stephen Schoch retired the first two batters before Weglar drew a walk. Kimmell followed with a double down the left field to chase Weglarz to third. Vasquez was then hit by a pitch to load the bases with two outs, but Schoch retired Jared Gillis on a grounder to short to end the end.
UMBC outhit the Hornets 5-3, but the Hornets left eight men on base to four for the Retrievers in the nightcap.
Lawson (2-2) took the loss, allowing all three UMBC runs on five hits, while striking out eight and walking two in six innings.
The Hornets and Retrievers will wrap up the series with a single game on Sunday. Game time is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. in Columbia, Md.