March 2, 2012
BALTIMORE, Md. -
Friday's Army-UMBC baseball game has been suspended due to rain with the teams tied at 3-3 following seven complete innings. The game will resume either Saturday or Saturday.
Army jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning as the Black Knights pushed across one run without the aid of a hit. Daniel Cortes, Kevin McKague and Connor Love drew consecutive one-out walks to load the bases and Cortes scampered home with the game's first run on J.T. Watkins' RBI groundout.
The Black Knights added another run in the top of the second to increase their lead to 2-0. Michael Sands reached on an infield single leading off the frame, moved to second base on Patrick Mescher's sacrifice bunt, took third when Alex Jensen reached on an error and scored on Zach Price's fielder's choice grounder.
UMBC stormed back with three runs on three hits in the bottom of the fourth inning to take a 3-2 advantage. Tom Gilchrist walked leading off the frame and moved to second base following a passed ball. Anthony Gatto then ripped an RBI single to score Gilchrist from second and trim UMBC's lead in half. Gatto, who moved to second base on the play, advanced to third on Ian Glassman's ground out and scored on Michael Pesci's RBI double. Curtis Schickner followed with a run-scoring single to plate Pesci with UMBC's third run.
After two scoreless frames, Army tied the score at 3-3 in the top of the seventh inning as McKague delivered a two-out RBI single up the middle. Cortes reached on a fielder's choice, moved to second on a failed pickoff attempt and scored on McKague's base hit.
Army right-handed pitcher Manny Fernandez came on in relief of Black Knight starter Logan Lee in the bottom of the seventh and retired UMBC. Then, with the rain intensifying, the umpires decided to clear the field. After a one-hour rain delay, the game was officially suspended.
Lee allowed three runs on four hits and three walks in six innings of work. He struck out three during his outing.
Both teams recorded five base hits through the first seven innings. Cortes, McKague, Watkins, Sands and Jensen all collected hits for the Black Knights.
UMBC starter Shane Vlasic settled down after a rocky first two innings to allow three runs (two earned) on four hits and four walks. He struck out two in 6.2 innings of work.
Tomorrow's regularly-scheduled nine-inning game has been moved up a half hour and will begin at 5:30 p.m.