LOWELL, Mass. – The University of Maine baseball team fell to UMBC 9-5 on Thursday evening in the first round of the 2015 America East Tournament at LeLacheur Park in Lowell, Mass.
Maine falls to 24-27 on the season, while UMBC improves to 33-18.
UMBC struck in the bottom of the second inning. Jamie Switalski singled up the middle and Connor Hax followed with a home run over the right field fence.
The Retrievers added two runs in the bottom of the third inning. Vince Corbi singled to left field and Anthony Gatto followed and doubled off the left field fence. Corbi scored on a balk. Hunter Dolshun and Switalski drew back-to-back walks to load the bases. Gatto scored when Andrew Casali reached on a fielder's choice.
UMBC added to its lead in the bottom of the fourth inning. Jake Barnes doubled to right field and Mitchell Carroll followed with a single up the middle. Barnes scored when Kevin Lachance singled to right field. Gatto was then intentionally walked to load the bases. Dolshun followed with a single through the left side scoring Carroll. Lachance scored when Switalski reached on a fielder's choice.
UMBC added a run in the bottom of the fifth inning. Barnes doubled to left field and scored when Carroll singled down the right field line.
Maine got on the board in the top of the sixth inning. Alex Cabrera (Miami, Fla.) doubled down the right field line and moved to third when Scott Heath (Westbrook, Maine) singled up the middle. He scored on a sacrifice fly by Brett Chappell (Rock Falls, Ill.) that was dropped.
UMBC tacked on a run in the bottom of the sixth to extend its lead to 9-1.
Maine added two runs in the top of the eighth inning. Heath and Chappell drew back-to-back walks. Doran singled to right field to load the bases. Stypulkowski followed with a double to right field scoring both Heath and Chappell. Doran scored when Brenden Geary (South Hadley, Mass.) hit a sacrifice fly.
Maine tacked on a run in the top of the ninth inning. Cabrera singled to right field and scored on a sacrifice fly by Brett Chappell.
Justin Courtney (Bangor, Maine) allowed four runs on five hits over 2.1 innings of play. He suffers the loss and falls to 5-6 on the season. Charlie Butler (Marlborough, Mass.) allowed three runs on four hits over 1.2 innings. Jacob Gosselin-Deschesnes (Montreal, Quebec) allowed a run on two hits over one inning. Jake Marks (Sarnia, Ontario) allowed one run over an inning of action. Clay Conaway (Georgetown, Del.) pitched a scoreless seventh inning for the Black Bears. Jeff Gelinas (Saco, Maine) pitched a scoreless eighth inning.
Conrad Wozniak allowed just one run on six hits over seven innings. He improves to 4-1 on the season. Hax allowed two runs in relief. Switalski allowed a run on two hits over one inning. Cory Callahan allowed a run on two hits in the ninth inning.
Maine next faces Hartford at 1 PM on Friday, May 22 in an elimination game at Lowell's LeLacheur Park.