Baseball To Open America East Play At UMBC
Baseball To Open America East Play At UMBC
ALBANY, N.Y. – After a two-week hiatus due to inclement winter weather, the University at Albany baseball team resumes the 2014 season this weekend with the opening of America East Conference play against UMBC. Traveling to Baltimore, the Great Danes will clash with the Retrievers in a three-game series, featuring a doubleheader that starts at noon on Saturday and a single game Sunday, also with a 12 p.m. first pitch.
UAlbany at UMBC – Alumni Field – Baltimore, Md.
Saturday, March 15 (12 p.m.) DH
Sunday, March 16 (12 p.m.)
LIVE STATS: http://livestats.prestosports.com/umbc/
UMBC: Mac Gill (Sr., RHP) (0-1, 1.46 ERA)
UAlbany: Kevin Archbold (Sr., RHP) (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
UMBC: Joe Vanderplas (So., LHP) (0-1, 2.77 ERA)
UAlbany: Daniel Castro (Sr., LHP) (0-0, 1.42 ERA)
UMBC: Riley Stephenson (So., RHP) (1-1, 3.12 ERA)
SCOUTING THE GREAT DANES
2014 Record: 1-6, 0-0 America East
Head Coach: Jon Mueller (15th season / 303-414-5)
THE COACH: Jon Mueller is in his 15th season as the head coach of the University at Albany baseball program in 2014. The Stillwater, N.Y. native has had proven success as both a player and coach throughout his career. Mueller ranks first among UAlbany’s career leaders with 303 coaching victories, and was named the America East Coach of the Year in 2004. He also led the Danes to the program’s first America East Conference tournament championship title and NCAA appearance in 2007. Mueller has produced dozens of all-conference standouts and has had six players selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft under his direction, including two in the past three seasons.
LAST TIME OUT: Originally scheduled to play a three-game series against Central Connecticut State at the start of the month, UAlbany instead traveled south and joined the Campbell Classic in Buies Creek, N.C. Feb. 28-March 2. There, the Great Danes captured their first victory of the season, overcoming the hosting Camels, 6-3, as Kevin Archbold and Daniel Castro combined to toss a one-hitter. UAlbany fell 8-2 to Towson on day two, and slipped to Army, 16-1, on the final day after the Black Knights used a 10-run sixth inning to put the game out of reach.
UALBANY LEADERS: As a team, UAlbany is batting .206 led by redshirt senior Josh Nethaway’s .391 average, including four RBI and two runs scored. Sophomore Evan Harasta has also been consistent for the Danes, batting .292 through seven games, while also owning a .379 on-base percentage. Battling the transition from indoor workouts to live game action, UAlbany will look to raise its team fielding percentage from .916 this weekend. With Archbold (1-0, 0.00 ERA) and Castro (0-0, 1.42 ERA) slated to start on the mound, the Danes will also look to lower the squad’s 7.60 team ERA.
ARCHBOLD’S NO-HIT OUTING
Senior southpaw Kevin Archbold led UAlbany to its first win of the 2014 season Feb. 28th, throwing seven no-hit innings, as the Great Danes captured a 6-3 victory over Campbell University – the reigning Big South regular season champions. Archbold (1-0) earned the win, throwing seven frames with three unearned runs, and a career-high eight strikeouts. On the season, Archbold has yet to yield an earned run in 13.0 innings of work.
WHERE THERE’S A WILL, THERE’S A NETHAWAY
Redshirt senior Josh Nethaway led UAlbany at the Campbell Classic, batting .500 (5-for-10) with three runs batted in. Nethaway piloted the Great Danes to a 6-3 win over the Camels, going 4-for-5 at the plate with two RBI. He drove in the tying runs in the fifth inning with a single to right centerfield, and added another single in the seventh, sparking a go-ahead rally. Nethaway also logged a single and an RBI vs. Towson in the second game of the Campbell Classic. He leads the team with a .391 average this spring.
SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS
2014 Record: 2-6, 0-0 America East
Head Coach: Bob Mumma (3rd season / 30-81)
THE COACH: Bob Mumma is in his third season as the head coach at UMBC after being promoted from the assistant coach job in June 2011. After a stellar collegiate career at UMBC and two seasons of professional baseball, Mumma returned to his alma mater in the fall of 1996 and has served as the Retrievers’ assistant baseball coach for the past 15 seasons. In Mumma’s first season as the Retrievers’ head coach in 2012, UMBC posted a 10-42 record, recording wins over Army and Navy as well as a victory over perennially ranked Tulane in New Orleans. In 2013, the Retrievers made an eight-win improvement to record an 18-30 overall mark 9-21 conference record, the squad’s best since 2008.
LAST TIME OUT: UMBC comes off Wednesday’s 8-3 road win over Navy after Hunter Dolshun (Warwick, N.Y./Warwick Valley) belted his first career home run, a two-run shot to left, to cap a five-run sixth inning en route to the victory. The Retrievers’ other win on the season came on March 8th versus UNC Greensboro. UMBC shut out the Spartans, 2-0, at the Chanticleer Classic.
UMBC LEADERS: Batting .231 as a squad, Mark Esposito leads UMBC with a .375 average with two doubles, two RBI, and three runs scored. Kevin Lachance follows, batting .324 with 11 hits, and Jake Barnes leads the team with five runs and three RBI with a .276 average. In the field, the Retrievers have a .964 fielding percentage, backing the pitching staff that owns a collective 4.68 ERA.
LAST YEAR VS. THE RETRIEVERS
UAlbany went 5-1 against UMBC in 2013, outscoring the Retrievers, 37-8. After falling, 4-3, on March 23rd in Baltimore, the Great Danes bounced back to win 13-1 and 5-2 on the road. In Albany, the Danes swept the home series, including two shutout victories, winning 5-0 and 10-1 on April 27th and 1-0 on April 28th. As a team, UAlbany posted a .335 average across the six games, while the pitching staff boasted a miniscule 0.72 ERA and held the Retrievers to a .142 batting average.