Baltimore, Md.—UMBC baseball found out their fate on Monday afternoon, as the team will head to the Winston-Salem Regional for the 2017 NCAA Tournament. The Retrievers won the program's first America East Title with a 2-1 walk-off victory against Maine on Sunday.
The Retrievers will take on the host Wake Forest (39-18) on Friday, June 2 at David F. Couch Ballpark with the first pitch slated for 7 p.m. Maryland and West Virginia open the regional with a 2 p.m. contest. The format for the regional round is a four-team double elimination style, with the winner heading to a best of three Super Regional the following week.
Games will broadcast on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.
"We know all three of these teams, we've played them, and there is nothing that is going to surprise this group," said head coach Bob Mumma. "We aren't going to go out there just being happy to be there. We are going to go out there and want to play our best baseball. As we've said since we started in the fall, 'play the game the right way, give ourselves a chance to win a ballgame, let's find a way to win and see what happens.'"
UMBC (23-23) won just their second ever conference title with the win against Maine on Sunday. Back in 2001, the Retrievers won the Northeast Conference title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in Division I. The 1992 team received an at-large bid to the tournament.
Senior catcher Hunter Dolshun was named America East Tournament Most Outstanding Player, while Dolshun, junior pitcher Matt Chanin (Olney, Md./Sherwood), senior hurler Connor Staskey (Virginia Beach, Va./Temple) and senior outfielder Andrew Casali (New Canaan, Conn.) were named to the all-tournament team.