UMBC Blanks Baseball 2-0 At Chanticleer Classic
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – UNCG limited UMBC to just three hits Saturday night, but the Spartan offense could not push a run across as the Terriers picked up a 2-0 victory in game four of the Chanticleer Classic inside TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark. UNCG fell to 5-7 overall while UMBC picked up its first win of the season to improve to 1-4.
Sophomore RHP Ryan Clark (1-2) (Johnson City, N.Y./Johnson City) pitched well for the Spartans but was saddled with the loss after hurling eight innings and giving up two runs (one earned) on just three hits. He retired the first seven batters he faced. Riley Stephenson (1-1) recorded the win for the Terriers throwing 7.1 scoreless innings, giving up five hits and striking out six UNCG batters. Jonny Dierks posted the save for UMBC as he hurled 1.2 innings without allowing a hit.
No player on the field had more than one hit on the evening while Kevin LaChance recorded the only RBI of the contest.
The Spartans had a nice opportunity to score first in the bottom of the second as junior infielder Jordan McDonald (Perth, Australia/Chattanooga State) and junior outfielder Nick Chapman (Morganton, N.C./Patton) led off with singles. However, senior infielder Sean Guite (Huntington Beach, Calif./Irvine Valley CC) lined into a double play to effectively kill the inning.
UMBC took advantage of some Spartan miscues in the top of the third, scoring a two-out run when McDonald and King committed a pair of errors which allowed Mark Esposito to score from second base.
After both teams’ bats went relatively quiet for the majority of the game, the Terriers would add an insurance run in the top of the eighth. Kevin LaChance drove in Andrew Casali from third base with a RBI single to make it 2-0. Sophomore catcher Jake Hall (Asheboro, N.C./Southwestern Randolph) led off the bottom of the frame with a base hit through the left side, but was gunned down at second on a nice defensive play by the UMBC middle infield for the first out. UNCG could not muster anything after that as the Terriers took the two-run advantage to the ninth. Both teams went down in order to end the contest.
The Spartans return to action tomorrow morning at 11 a.m., taking on Minnesota in their second game of the Chanticleer Classic.