UMBC Baseball Drops the Pioneers, 7-1
April 14, 2003
BRIDGEPORT, CT - Freshman pitcher Tom Ballenger (Cheverly, MD) hurled a complete game and got a two-run homer by battery-mate Scott Kosmicky (Baltimore, MD) to lead Maryland-Baltimore County to a 7-1 Northeast Conference baseball win over Sacred Heart University Monday.
The Retrievers, 8-14 overall and 6-3 in the NEC, jumped on SHU starter Bob McKee (Massapequa, NY) right from the start. Sophomore Mike Orlando (Rochester, NY) hit the first pitch he saw deep to center for a triple. Two batters later, senior catcher Scott Kosmicky (Baltimore, MD) launched his third homer of the season over the left field wall.
UMBC added two more in the second. After singles by Chris Yetter (Columbia, MD) and Jay Long (Millersville, MD), an error by the left fielder with two outs on a ball hit by Orlando allowed both runners to score. They added another in the fourth on an RBI double by Orlando, knocking McKee from the game.
After getting the last out of the fourth inning, SHU reliever Lee Nastu (Bridgeport, CT) gave up a run in the fifth on an RBI single by junior Dan Carpenter (Glen Burnie, MD).
Sacred Heart, 8-17 and 4-7 in the NEC, finally got on the board in the bottom of the seventh. With one out, Jamie Schilkowski (Shelton, CT) doubled. Junior Brian Rojee singled him to third, and junior Ryan Brooks (Brattleboro, VT) followed with a double down the right field line that scored Schilkowski. Ballenger came back to strikeout Tim Lantz looking, and got pinch hitter Chris Sommers to ground out to second to end the inning.
The win evened Ballenger's record at 2-2. McKee fell to 1-1 with the loss.