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EXTRA’S AGAIN? NO PROBLEM
The best rivalry in the Ripken League was back in action at Carlo Crispino Stadium. Bethesda came to town for the 2nd time this season and for the 3rd meeting between the Redbirds and Big Train. Emmerson Gibbs (Tulane) took the mound for his fourth start and minus one shaky inning, he looked solid as usual. His counterpart tonight was Chris Monaco from Virginia Tech who also had a decent night on the mound. What it really came down to in the end was… which bullpen would make a mistake first?
Gibbs through three innings faced the minimum number of batters only allowing 1 runner but he induced an inning ending double play in the 2nd. In the bottom of the 3rd Zack Gahagan (UNC) led off for Baltimore and smacked his first homerun of the season to left. It gave the Redbirds a 1-0 lead but that didn’t hold for long. In the 4th, Gibbs had his worst inning of the season allowing 3 runs (2 earned) thanks to some timely hitting from catcher Justin Morris (Maryland) and Chris Lewis (Sacramento State). Bethesda led 3-1 but Baltimore quickly tied it up in the bottom of the 4th with a couple of hits, a walk and then an RBI single from Logan Warmoth (UNC) and a throwing error from Big Train shortstop Zach Kirtley (St. Mary’s).
We remained scoreless for an extremely long time and went through a plethora of pitchers. Gibbs would go 7 innings on the mound. He only allowed those 3 runs while striking out 3. Monaco would go 5 innings only allowing those 3 runs. Each starter received no decisions and then it was up to the bullpens. Baltimore used 3 relievers and Bethesda used 5. We would go to the 12th tied at 3 runs apiece and the Redbirds looking for their 2nd extra innings win of the week already. Walker Sheller (Stetson) would remain on the mound for his 3rd inning of work in the 12th and he would walk Will Golsan (Ole Miss) and then hit Stuart Fairchild (Wake Forest) with a pitch. Joshua Thorne (Stetson) would replace him and he would intentionally walk Nic Perkins (Ole Miss) before facing Ben Breazeale with the bases loaded. Well, Ben came through in the clutch and delivered the walk off single to left scoring Golsan from 3rd and giving the Redbirds a 4-3 win over their rivals! They improved to 19-5 and hold a tie for the best record in the league with Bethesda but have beaten the Big Train twice in 3 games this season.
The Birds improved to 2-1 in extra-inning games (all 3 have gone exactly 12 innings) and they recorded their 3rd walk off win of the summer. Isaac Mattson (PITT) got his 2nd win in another stellar performance. He went 2.2 innings on the mound striking out 5 and allowing only 1 hit. Sheller would get the loss and fall to 3-2 on the year. The guys are back in action tonight against the Dodgers at Calvert Hall… 1st pitch at 6:30. We hope to see you there!
RedBirds Walk Off in Extras
Fans, if you love pitching duels than this was your kind of game. The T-Bolts came into Baltimore on Monday night just 5 games out of first place behind the Redbirds. The only team in the league that the Redbirds have not been able to figure out losing the 1st two matchups. Will Stokes (Ole Miss) took the mound for the Birds still looking for his first win of the summer. Stokes allowed a triple to AJ Lee in the top of the 1st who scored a couple pitches later on a passed ball. Little did either team know that Lee’s run would but the last until the bottom of the 8th and the last one for the T-Bolts. Stokes would go 6 strong on the mound allowing 1 run, 4 hits (3 of the 4 were triples) and striking out 5.
Stokes counterpart Conrad Wozniak (UMBC) was even better. The righty looking for his league leading 4th win of the season went 7 innings striking out 6 and allowing no runs on 4 hits. Unfortunately for Wozniak, his bullpen couldn’t hold the lead for long. Logan Grant (Millersville) came in to pitch the 8th and the second batter he faced was Will Golsan (Ole Miss) who took the righty yard for his 1st long ball of summer. That tied the game up at 1-1.
After that things were pretty quiet for a few innings and you can tell by the title that we had bonus baseball in this one. Isaac Mattson (Pittsburgh) pitched 3.1 innings in relief and retired all 10 batters he faced, striking out 6, continuing his reign of filthiness on the mound. In the bottom of the 11th inning the Redbirds had the bases loaded after an intentional walk to Zach Jancarski (Maryland). Nic Perkins (Ole Miss) came to the plate and hit into a questionable inning ending 6-4-3 double play that prolonged the game even more.
In the Bottom of the 12th the Redbirds once again loaded the bases after an intentional walk to Will Golsan and Stuart Fairchild (Wake Forest) stood in and on a 3-2 pitch, hit the game winning sac fly to left off of T-Bolts closer Connor Tagg. Mac Caples (Virginia Tech) who led off the inning with a single and extended his hit streak to 5, scored the game winning run from 3rd. The Redbirds won 2-1 and are now 1-1 on the season in extra innings. It was also Baltimore’s 3rd walkoff win of the season. The Redbirds get a well-deserved off day tomorrow and return to action on Wednesday at Alexandria. Bethesda comes to town on Thursday for a 6:30 contest so we hope to see you then! If not… make sure you listen/watch the ball game on the Redbirds Radio Network.
In Between Two Redbirds Episode 1
LET’S PLAY TWO? LET’S WIN TWO!!
The Redbirds got the chance to play a couple of 7-inning games at home today against the Herndon Braves and even though they were the away team in game one, they may as well have been the home team. A combination of solid pitching and an offensive explosion made the first of two an easy one. Garrett Hudson (Virginia Tech) got the scoring started with a 2-rbi double in the 2nd, one of 3 Hudson hits on the afternoon. In the 5th the Birds plated 6 men thanks to a couple 2-rbi doubles from Mac Caples (Virginia Tech) and Martin Costes (Maryland). Zack Gahagan (UNC) also drove in a run on a fielders choice in the 5th. In the 6th Mac Caples would once again come up big… with 2 outs and a couple of men aboard, he smacked his first round tripper of the summer and put the Redbirds up 11-0 which would end up being the final score.
Jason Morgan (UNC) got the starting nod in game 1 for Baltimore and he did not disappoint. 5 innings on the mound a couple of hits allowed, he struck out three and walked nobody. That was above and beyond what he needed to earn his 3rd win of the summer. He got some solid pitching out of the pen too. Austin Sutor (Johns Hopkins) and Issac Mattson (Pittsburgh) combined for two scoreless innings and a couple of strikeouts. The Redbirds went on to win 11-0 and still had one more to play.
Larry Sheets would send the Redbirds “Ace” to the mound in game 2, Emmerson Gibbs (Tulane) to face off against Kyle Hassan (Catholic). This game would be a little more competitive than the first one. In the top of the 1st Alex Lipman (Salisbury) reached base on a Garrett Hudson error and then came into score on the Andy Mochabee (West Georgia Technical College) RBI double which would be an unearned run but the first run to score on Gibbs all season. Baltimore responded quickly with a RBI single of their own off the bat of Gavin Sheets (Wake Forest) in the bottom of the 1st. The Redbirds would retake the lead in the 2nd after Martin Costes’ tape measure shot to left, his first of the year.
Herndon would tie things up in the 5th on a Jamie Smith (Cornell) RBI double but the tie wouldn’t last very long. Mac Caples delivered an RBI double in the 5th that scored Gavin Sheets and then Mac would come in to score on a throwing error by Andy Mochabee. The final score in this one was 4-2 in favor of the Redbirds. Gibbs went 6 strong innings and struck out 3 en route to his 3rd win of the season. Will Stokes (Ole Miss) pitched a clean 7th for his first save of the season as well. Baltimore is now 16-4 overall and will hit the road tomorrow for a game at Vienna beginning at 7:00 PM. The guys are back home Monday night to face the T-Bolts at 6:30 PM so we hope to see you at Carlo Crispino then!
REDBIRDS WALK IT OFF IN THE 9TH
The Redbirds and Dodgers faced off in Towson on Monday night… the third meeting between the two ball clubs this season. Jordan Carr on the mound for the Redbirds retired the side in order in the top of the first on four pitches. In the bottom half of the first, Ben Breazeale (Wake Forest) gave the Birds an early 1-0 lead on an RBI single that scored Mac Caples (Virginia Tech) who walked earlier in the inning.
The 2nd inning was a little tougher for Carr. The first four batters of the inning for the Dodgers scored on a couple of hits, a walk, a sac fly and THREE errors from the Redbirds infield. The lefty would only allow those 4 runs to score as he really settled down and had a solid final three innings on the mound. Carr’s final line was 5 innings pitched/5 hits/4 runs/2 earned runs/5 strikeouts (career high)/1 walk. He got a no decision in this one.
The Redbirds offense for the second straight day trailed early and had to manufacture some runs. Down 4-1 entering the bottom of the 2nd, they slowly started to chip away at the lead. In the 2nd inning Garrett Hudson (Virginia Tech) drove in Martin Costes (Maryland) on a sac fly. In the 3rd, Ben Breazeale scored on a passed ball by Dodgers starter Derrick Sylve (Holmes JC) and in the 5th, the Birds would finally recapture the lead. Ben Breazeale would once again score on a passed ball from Sylve, and then Zack Gahagan (UNC) would drive in Gavin Sheets (Wake Forest) on a sac fly to center.
Now up 5-4, Larry Sheets would ride his bullpen the rest of the way. John Ray (Ole Miss) came into the ballgame and he was a little shaky. After working out of a jam in the 6th inning with a couple of men aboard, Dodgers right fielder Michael Mioduszewski (Eastern Michigan) took advantage of Ray and delivered an RBI single and in the seventh. In Ray’s 3rd and final inning of work, Jason King (North Carolina A&T) scored from third base on Ray’s wild pitch. So after 8, we were knotted up at 6.
In the 9th Austin Sutor (Johns Hopkins) came into pitch for the Redbirds and after allowing the first two men to reach, he got some defensive help from Gavin Sheets throwing out the lead runner at third on a sac bunt attempt and then got the inning ending 6-4-3 double play. In the bottom of the 9th, the Redbirds drew three walks and on the third and final one against Richard Reedy (Penn State) ball four was a wild pitch that allowed Gavin Sheets to come home from third and give the Redbirds their 13th win of the season now (13-4). The dodgers drop their 2nd straight and fall to (5-10). The Redbirds travel to Rockville tomorrow and are back at home on Wednesday night to face Gaithersburg at 6:30.
Redbirds Drop Tough One
REDBIRDS BULLPEN STRUGGLES LATE IN LOSS TO BETHESDA
The Redbirds and Big Train faced off for the second time this year, and it’s a game that Baltimore will soon want to forget. The game started off with a Logan Farrar (VCU) base hit to center, and he eventually came in to score on an RBI groundout from Big Train shortstop Zach Kirtley (St. Mary’s). The Redbirds quickly responded with some runs of their own a couple innings later. Gavin Sheets (Wake Forest) led off the 2nd with a single and was driven in 2 batters later by a Martin Costes (Maryland) RBI double. On the very next pitch to Mac Caples (Virginia Tech) he delivered an RBI triple that drove in Costes and gave the Redbirds a 2-1 lead.
Have you fans noticed the lack of homeruns this season? Or maybe you’ve heard me mention the lack of them numerous times on air… well, the Redbirds finally got one… TWO in fact from a couple of Demon Deacons. Stuart Fairchild roped a solo shot to left in the third inning, and Gavin Sheets followed in the 6th with a 2-run blast of his own.
Things got pretty interesting in the 8th inning when Bethesda came to bat. Down 5-1, they needed a comeback and needed one quickly. Logan Farrar led off with a bunt single, then a Cody Brown (Mississippi St) walk and a Zach Kirtley (St. Mary’s) sac bunt left the Big Train with 2 runners in scoring positon and 1 out. Chris Lewis (Sacramento State) made the score 5-2 with an RBI single and then after a Harrison Crawford (Creighton) walk, Tim Yandel (Tulane) delivered the big hit… a 3-run double that tied the game at 5 apiece. Bethesda was not yet done as they had four more men cross the plate in the 8th and 9th and held a 9-5 lead heading into the bottom of the 9th. The Redbirds bullpen today (Kennedy/Sullivan/Schmitt/Oakley) went 3 innings, allowed 7 hits, 8 runs, 2 strikeouts and 5 walk. They also kept Will Stokes (Ole Miss) from recording his first win of the season after a solid 6 inning outing.
The Redbirds had one more chance to try and tie things up. Mac Caples would deliver his second triple of the ballgame and come into score on the error that allowed Zach Jancarski (Maryland) to reach base. Baltimore would eventually load the bases for Ben Breazeale (Wake Forest) with 1 out. Big Train Manager Sal Colangelo would make a pitching change for Tyler Tobin (George Mason) to come on and face Breazeale and he would get him to ground into the game ending 6 to 3 double play. Bethesda (14-2) took this one from Baltimore (12-4) by a final score of 9-6. The Redbirds are back in action tomorrow to face the Dodgers at Carlo Crispino Stadium. 6:30 first pitch… we hope to see you there!
REDBIRDS COME OUT ON TOP
It was the Aces of Alexandria coming to town for the first time this season. Emmerson Gibbs (2-0) took the mound for the Redbirds and got the first inning started by striking out the side. Aces starter Kevin Superko (1-2) retired the Birds in order in the home half of the first with a groundout and a pair of strikeouts of his own. The battle between the two starters continued into the bottom of the 7th when the scoreless tie was broken.
Will Golsan (Ole Miss) led off the 7th with a 5 pitch walk and then was moved to second base on a sac bunt from Logan Warmoth (UNC). Nic Perkins (Ole Miss) then came to bat and delivered an RBI single to right field that scored Golsan. After a Stuart Fairchild (Wake Forest) single and Gavin Sheets (Wake Forest) foul pop-up, there were two outs and runners on the corners for Zack Gahagan (UNC). Gahagan roped an RBI single to left that scored Perkins, and that was followed by a pinch hit RBI single from Ben Breazeale (Wake Forest). Emmerson Gibbs went eight innings on the mound allowing five hits and striking out a season high 10 batters, nearly doubling his season total coming into the game.
Those three runs did the trick for Baltimore who beat Alexandria (3-0) and have now won both contests against the Aces this season outscoring them 10 runs to 3. The Redbirds now have a record of (12-3) and will take on Bethesda (13-2) tomorrow at 1PM at Carlo Crispino Stadium. It’s Father’s Day so come out to the ballpark with dad and enjoy some Redbirds Baseball! If you can’t make it, tune into the Redbirds Baseball Network on either USTREAM or Pointstreak to catch the action live with audio and video.
Interview with Stephan Polansky
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Former Redbirds Drafted
The Minnesota Twins selected LHP Alex Robinson and CF LaMonte Wade in day two of the 2015 MLB Draft. Both players played for the Redbirds in 2013 and continued to shine for the University of Maryland.
Robinson began his college career as the starting pitcher for UMD, but eventually became used as a reliever for the team. This season, the left-hander’s ERA was a 1.63. In 25 appearances he only allowed 5 runs and 12 hits while striking out 32 batters.
Wade was Maryland’s top hitter this season. The center fielder batted .335/ .468/ .453 with four homers, 32 RBIs and seven stolen bases in 42 games.
Huge Comeback For The 'Birds
REDBIRDS’ IMPROBABLE COMEBACK SECURES 7-6 WIN OVER EXPRESS
It looked like the Baltimore Redbirds’ undefeated start was about to end. Trailing 6-0 going to the bottom of the 9th, the Redbirds scored seven times for a thrilling 7-6 win over the Rockville Express on Sunday, June 7, 2015 at Calvert Hall. With the win, the Redbirds improved to 5-0 and opened up an early 3 game lead in the Cal Ripken Collegiate North Division.
Nic Perkins (Ole Miss) started the game winning rally with a double. A hit batsman, walk and wild pitch put the Redbirds on the scoreboard. Mac Caples (Virginia Tech) walked to reload the bases. After a pitching change, Cody Sherlin (Armstrong State) and pinch hitter Ben Breazeale (Wake Forest) has RBI singles to cut the lead to 6-3. An error by Rockville shortstop Jason Reyes (Concordia) allowed two runs to score, cutting the Rockville lead to 6-5.
With runners at first and second, Stuart Fairchild (Wake Forest) executed a perfect sacrifice bunt to move the runners up. Rockville elected to walk Gavin Sheets (Wake Forest) to set up a force at any base. The strategy backfired, however, when Brandon /Fleming walked Perkins to tie the game. Martin Costes (Maryland) then hit a slow roller to second and beat the potential double play relay throw to give the Redbirds the win.
/Rockville scored 6 times in the top of the second off Redbirds starter John Wesley Ray (Ole Miss). Cole Warrenfeltz (Eastern Kentucky) doubled in the first run. Conrad Kovalcik (North Carolina Central) walked with the bases loaded to drive in the second run. After a fielder’s choice made it 3-0, a walk and a single by Connor Hax (UMBC) made it 4-0. Lewis Guilbeau (McNeese State) completed the scoring in the inning by driving in 2 runs with a bases loaded double.
The Redbirds’ amazing 9th inning would not have been possible without an exceptional job by the bullpen. Emmerson Gibbs (Tulane), Nick Raquet (North Carolina) and Joey Sullivan (Virginia Tech) combined to pitch 7 shutout innings after the Rockville 2nd, allowing only 3 hits. Sullivan earned his first win of the season.
The Redbirds continue their short home stand with a 6:30 start versus the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts on Monday.
Redbirds Stay Hot
REDBIRDS CONTINUE HOT START WITH 7-1 WIN OVER HERNDON
Garrett Hudson (Virginia Tech) drove in the team’s first four runs to lead the Baltimore Redbirds to a 7-1 win over the FCA Herndon Braves in the hope opener at Carlo Crispino Stadium at Calvert Hall on Friday, June 5, 2015. The Redbirds improved to 3-0. Starter Zach Flowers (Delaware) earned the victory, allowing only 1 run and 3 hits over 5 innings.
Hudson drove in the game’s first run with a sacrifice fly down the right field line in the home 2nd. After Herndon tied the game on a single by pinch hitter Alan Mocahbee in the 4th, Hudson drove in what turned out to be the game winning run in the home 4th on an infield out. After a walk and a double by Mac Caples (Virginia Tech), Hudson increased the Redbirds’ lead to 4-1 with a two run single in the 6th.
The Redbirds scored on a wild pitch in the 7th and added two insurance runs in the 8th on rbi singles by Martin Costes (Maryland) and Stuart Fairchild (Wake Forest).
The Redbirds’ bullpen, including Chris Oakley (Tulane), Jordan Carr (UNC Asheville) and Isaac Mattson (Pittsburgh) threw four innings of shutout relief to back Flowers.
The Redbirds go on the road to face the D.C. Grays on Saturday. They return home to Carlo Crispino Stadium for home games against the Rockville Express (1 p.m. on Sunday) and the Silver Spring-Takoma T-Bolts (6:30 p.m. on Monday).
UMD Advances to Super Regional
The University of Maryland baseball team is beyond fired up!
For the second consecutive season in a row, the Terps earned a regional victory and have claimed their spot in the NCAA Super Regionals. Maryland bested No. 1 seed UCLA two of three games and are now set to face former ACC rival UVA for a Super Regionals rematch. Virginia knocked Maryland out of the tournament last year, so this is bound to be a great series!
Many past and present Redbirds players play for UMD. Freshman outfielder Zach Jancarski will be making his debut as a Redbird once the Maryland players finish up the tournament. Freshman pitcher Brian Shaffer is on the roster as well. He has had a great first year with the Terps. Shaffer earned some starting roles during the season, and was a large part of Maryland’s victory over Illinois in the Big Ten Tournament. Finally, Freshman Jamal Wade will be returning to the Redbirds for his second season with the team.
Former Redbirds players that currently play for Maryland include pitcher Willie Rios, relief pitchers Alex Robinson and Robert Gilligan, catcher/infielder Nick Cieri and center fielder LaMonte Wade. Cieri was a strong contributor to Maryland’s victory over UCLA, nabbing one of the two RBIs to seal the win on Monday, and Wade is currently Maryland’s top hitter. He’s batted .344 with 52 hits, six doubles, one triple, four home runs, 29 RBIs, and 29 runs scored for Maryland.
The Terps will face Virginia in the Charlottesville Super Regional, June 5-7, at Davenport Field in Charlottesville, VA.
RedBirds Demolish Dodgers
The Redbirds had their opening game last night, and they could not have started the season off any better!
The Redbirds defeated the Dodgers an astonishing 12-1 on Tuesday night and while walks were what ultimately destroyed the Dodgers, the Redbirds still looked great.
Dakota Forsyth led in pitching. The Penn State Junior executed three strikeouts, allowed zero walks and runs and he only let the Dodgers get one hit off of him.
Cody Sherlin led in batting. He batted .400 with two hits, two doubles, two RBIs and three runs scored. Gavin Sheets also batted .400 with two hits, one double, two RBIs and three runs scored, and ACC top hitter Stuart Fairchild of Wake Forest University made his debut last night as well. He batted .333 with one hit, one RBI and two runs scored.
The Redbirds take on the Braves next for their home opener on Friday, June 5th, at 6:30 PM.
Batter up! It’s that time of year again folks!
The Cal Ripken Collegiate Summer League is getting their season underway and the Baltimore Redbirds are looking great!
There are eight returning players including last year’s post-season MVP outfielder Mac Caples, along with pitcher Sean Kennedy, catcher Ben Breazeale, infielders Cody Sherlin, Gavin Sheets and Garrett Hudson, and outfielders Jamal Wade and Matt Tilly.
Two new faces that are bound to add even more talent to the roster are Wake Forest outfielder Stuart Fairchild and Maryland pitcher Brian Shaffer. Fairchild was one of the top hitters in the Atlantic Coast Conference this year, and Shaffer is leading the Terps with a great record of five wins and one loss for the season.
The Redbirds open their season against the Dodgers on June 2nd at 7:00 PM, where they will start their journey to win their fourth consecutive championship title.
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