Posted by: bhyman | March 19, 2008

Scouting report: UMBC vs. Georgetown

This is a report from scout Max Smith on last Wednesday’s UMBC/Georgetown game:

University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) got out to an early lead and managed to hold off a number of Georgetown rallies to get a 10-9 win on Wednesday, March 12 in Bethesda, MD.

Will Delawter (SR-LHP/1B) helped carry UMBC as he went 3 1/3 innings allowing four hits and three runs (two earned) along with two walks and one strikeout in addition to his 3-4 day at the plate including a double and a long home run to right. UMBC’s center fielder Wink Nolan (JR-CF/P) showed off a great arm to end the first inning and keep the Retriever lead at 3-1 when he gunned out Hoya freshman Sean Lamont who was trying to score from second. Nolan also showed off some solid hitting and hustle over his 3-5 day when Georgetown had a miscommunication on a high fly on the infield and it fell untouched leaving Nolan standing on second base. He went on to score the insurance run that would make the difference, sealing the UMBC victory.

Although Delawter and Nolan each showed off their talent, Steve Russo (SR-2B/3B), did not impress at the plate. He had two infield nubbers in hitters’ counts as he was fooled by off-speed pitches several times. He went 0-4 on the day including grounding into a double play. In the 7th, he reached on an error and showed some weak baserunning as he was nearly picked off first but was saved by the ball deflecting off his helmet and was then caught stealing.

For Georgetown, Jimmy Saris (JR-RHP) went three innings allowing seven hits and five runs, all earned in addition to one walk and threew strikeouts. He showed a decent fastball and curve, but got hurt when he changed his arm angle to throw more of a slider that he hung several times.

Hoyas’ pitcher Alex Meyer (SO-LHP) is a player to watch down the road as even though he is nowhere near overpowering, he showed promising command and an excellent curve that kept hitters off balance.

Sean Baumann (JR-1B/OF) was the Hoyas’ DH and showed some good power on his 2-6 day. Georgetown freshman Erick Fernandez (FR-INF) pinch hit in the bottom of the 9th and drove a long foul while showing some good plate discipline, so as he works his way into the line up, he may be a player to watch down the road.

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