April 13, 2003
BRIDGEPORT, CT - Junior pitcher Dan Scott (Nanuet, NY) tossed a four-hit shutout in the opener to help Sacred Heart University to a 1-0 win and a split of a Northeast Conference baseball doubleheader with Maryland-Baltimore County on Sunday afternoon. UMBC won the second game, 4-1.
Scott matches zeros with UMBC starter Eric Butkiewicz (Plainville, CT) for the first seven innings. UMBC came close to denting Scott's shutout in the eighth. After striking out the first batter, Scott walked sophomore Jay Long (Millersville, MD). Sophomore Mike Orlando (Rochester, NY) then smacked an 0-1 pitch to left center for a double that put runners on second and third with one out. First baseman Derek Fritz (Baltimore, MD) then hit a grounder to short, and SHU's Tim Lantz fired the ball home to get Long at the plate. Scott got out of the inning when senior Scott Kosmicky popped up the first pitch he saw to first.
With one out in the bottom of the eighth, sophomore Andrew Cutrone (New Hyde Park, NY) beat out a bunt single to third base. Freshman Jason Maiella (N. Haledon, NJ) was next and he laid a hard bunt down the first base line between the pitcher and first baseman. He eluded a tag attempt by Fritz to put two runners on with one out.
Butkiewicz got the next batter to pop out to short. Freshman Anthony Diaz (Middletown, NY) stuck his bat on on the first pitch from Butkiewicz and blooped it to right center. Cutrone raced home from second and slid in ahead of the tag after a strong throw by senior Chris Yetter in right to end the game.
In game two, the Retrievers jumped on SHU starter Eric Bushor (Uncasville, CT) for a run in the first on an RBI single by Kosmicky that scored Orlando. UMBC would get three unearned runs in the second, after an error by SHU third baseman Maiella with two outs and two runners on. The error opened the door for an RBI double by Orlando, and a two-run double by junior Dan Carpenter (Glen Burnie, MD) to make it 4-0.
Bushor settled down and have up just one hit after the second inning. He would finish with nine strikeouts.
UMBC starter Joe Wilson was equally as dominant. The only run he allowed was on a sacrifice fly by Jamie Schilkowski (Shelton, CT) that scored Maiella, who had led off the inning with a double. Wilson would overcome three errors behind him and allow just five hits while striking out nine.