Bob Mumma leads 'amped up' UMBC back to NCAA baseball tournament -- this time as head coach

The Baltimore Sun

After about an hour of blasting music on the bus ride home from the America East baseball tournament, celebrating UMBC's first conference title and an automatic NCAA tournament bid, the Retrievers decided to watch a few movies.

Well, at least they tried to watch "Friday Night Lights" and "Shooter."

"The bus ride was wild," senior catcher Hunter Dolshun said. "The movies didn't really get watched very carefully."

The activity supposed to calm the bunch and pass time couldn't settle the players and coach Bob Mumma, a UMBC alum who played in the program's first NCAA tournament appearance in 1992. They were too hyped about their first NCAA berth since 2001 via a 2-1, 10-inning championship win against Maine on Sunday.

"Everybody was so fired up on the bus the whole time," Dolshun said. "I don't think anybody fell asleep or anything. It was a great time. It really hasn't sank in yet, but it will soon."

The Retrievers will face No. 1 seed Wake Forest on Friday at 7 p.m. in the Winston-Salem Regional. The four-team bracket includes No. 2 seed West Virginia and No. 3 seed Maryland. Winners advance to eight best-of-three super regionals. Those winners move on to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.

The team learned its destination Monday when the festivities continued at a selection show viewing party.

For Mumma, the moment elicited memories of watching the announcement in 1992. Those Retrievers had lost two one-run games in the East Coast Conference tournament, so he battled nerves while waiting to see if UMBC earned an at-large bid.

The two NCAA tournament games in Miami were his last as a college baseball player. As the program's all-time leader in home runs (42) and tied for third in RBIs (152), he was the Chicago White Sox's 13th-round pick that June and played two minor league seasons.

But he returned to the Retrievers as an assistant in 1996 and helped them reach the NCAA tournament in 2001. He assumed the head position in June 2011 with aspirations of more postseason success.

UMBC came close in 2015, falling in the America East final, but Mumma said the Retrievers were "just happy to be there."

This year, as he watched the grit and ecstasy from his team as the conference's No. 2 seed, playing in the winners' bracket, he knew the milestone had become the expectation.

"I just want the kids to be able to experience some of those same feelings I had as a player because it's something you never forget," Mumma said. "It can't be more satisfying watching this group."

To achieve that, Mumma kept his group relaxed throughout the title match.

In the fifth inning, redshirt senior pitcher Michael Austin remembered the team feeling tense. "We weren't scoring. We were squaring up some balls."

Mumma's message — "we're going to win this game" — resonated, Austin said, as the team preserved a tie at 1 in the seventh with a wacky double play on Maine's suicide squeeze attempt.

Then in the bottom of the 10th, junior catcher Zack Bright, admittedly nervous, stepped to the plate and drew a four-pitch walk with the bases loaded for the walk-off run.

"I'm not sure how calm I was on the inside," Mumma said. "It was just because I wanted it so bad for them."

But he and the Retrievers settled into practice Tuesday afternoon, blaring country music throughout the field.

Mumma had just talked with his assistants about travel plans and held court with TV cameras on the field as his players trickled into the dugout after their latest celebration stop: a ring-sizing session for their championship memento.

"We're just so amped up, so happy that we just won the America East championship for the first time in our history," Austin said. "After the game, some of the guys were tearing up a bit because it was just such a long journey and road to finally reach that great point."

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NCAA baseball tournament schedule

 

All Times EDT

Double Elimination; x-if necessary

At Boshamer Stadium

Chapel Hill, N.C.

Friday, June 2

Game 1 — Michigan (42-15) vs. Florida Gulf Coast (42-18), 1 p.m.

Game 2 — North Carolina (47-12) vs. Davidson (32-24), 6 p.m.

Saturday, June 3

Game 3 — Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 1 p.m.

Game 4 — Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 6 p.m.

Sunday, June 4

Game 5 — Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 loser, 1 p.m.

Game 6 — Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 6 p.m.

Monday, June 5

x-Game 7 — Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 6 p.m.

At David F. Couch Ballpark

Winston-Salem, N.C.

Friday, June 2

Game 1 — Maryland (37-21) vs. West Virginia (34-24), 2 p.m.

Game 2 — Wake Forest (39-18) vs. UMBC (23-23), 7 p.m.

Saturday, June 3

Game 3 — Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, Noon

Game 4 — Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 7 p.m.

Sunday, June 4

Game 5 — Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 loser, Noon

Game 6 — Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 5 p.m.

Monday, June 5

x-Game 7 — Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 7 p.m.

At Cliff Hagan Stadium

Lexington, Ky.

Friday, June 2

Game 1 — N.C. State (34-23) vs. Indiana (33-22), Noon

Game 2 — Kentucky (39-20) vs. Ohio (31-26), 7 p.m.

Saturday, June 3

Game 3 — Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, Noon

Game 4 — Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 7 p.m.

Sunday, June 4

Game 5 — Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 loser, 1 p.m.

Game 6 — Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 7 p.m.

Monday, June 5

x-Game 7 — Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 7 p.m.

At Jim Patterson Stadium

Louisville, Ky.

Friday, June 2

Game 1 — Xavier (32-25) vs. Oklahoma (34-22), 2 p.m.

Game 2 — Louisville (47-10) vs. Radford (27-30), 6 p.m.

Saturday, June 3

Game 3 — Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, Noon

Game 4 — Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 7 p.m.

Sunday, June 4

Game 5 — Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 loser, 1 p.m.

Game 6 — Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 7 p.m.

Monday, June 5

x-Game 7 — Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 7 p.m.

At Doug Kingsmore Stadium

Clemson, S.C.

Friday, June 2

Game 1 — St. John’s (42-11) vs. Vanderbilt (33-22), Noon

Game 2 — Clemson (39-19) vs. UNC Greensboro (35-22), 7 p.m.

Saturday, June 3

Game 3 — Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, Noon

Game 4 — Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 7 p.m.

Sunday, June 4

Game 5 — Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 loser, 1 p.m.

Game 6 — Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 7 p.m.

Monday, June 5

x-Game 7 — Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 4 p.m.

At Alfred A. McKethan Stadium

Gainesville, Fla.

Friday, June 2

Game 1 — Bethune-Cookman (33-23) vs. South Florida (41-17), 1 p.m.

Game 2 — Florida (42-16) vs. Marist (32-21), 7 p.m.

Saturday, June 3

Game 3 — Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 1 p.m.

Game 4 — Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 7 p.m.

Sunday, June 4

Game 5 — Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 loser, 1 p.m.

Game 6 — Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 7 p.m.

Monday, June 5

x-Game 7 — Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 4 p.m.

At Dick Howser Stadium

Tallahassee, Fla.

Friday, June 2

Game 1 — Auburn (35-24) vs. UCF (40-20), Noon

Game 2 — Florida State (39-20) vs. Tennessee Tech (40-19), 6 p.m.

Saturday, June 3

Game 3 — Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, Noon

Game 4 — Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 7 p.m.

Sunday, June 4

Game 5 — Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 loser, 1 p.m.

Game 6 — Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 7 p.m.

Monday, June 5

x-Game 7 — Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 7 p.m.

At Pete Taylor Park

Hattiesburg, Miss.

Friday, June 2

Game 1 — South Alabama (39-19) vs. Mississippi State (36-24), 1 p.m.

Game 2 — Southern Miss. (48-14) vs. UIC (39-15), 6 p.m.

Saturday, June 3

Game 3 — Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 1 p.m.

Game 4 — Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 6 p.m.

Sunday, June 4

Game 5 — Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 loser, 1 p.m.

Game 6 — Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 6 p.m.

Monday, June 5

x-Game 7 — Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 6 p.m.

At Alex Box Stadium

Baton Rouge, La.

Friday, June 2

Game 1 — Rice (31-29) vs. Southeastern Louisiana (36-20), 3:30 p.m.

Game 2 — LSU (43-17) vs. Texas Southern (20-32), 8 p.m.

Saturday, June 3

Game 3 — Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 3 p.m.

Game 4 — Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 8 p.m.

Sunday, June 4

Game 5 — Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 loser, 4 p.m.

Game 6 — Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 9 p.m.

Monday, June 5

x-Game 7 — Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 7 p.m.

At Baum Stadium

Fayetteville, Ark.

Friday, June 2

Game 1 — Oklahoma State (30-25) vs. Missouri State (40-17), 3 p.m.

Game 2 — Arkansas (42-17) vs. Oral Roberts (42-14), 8 p.m.

Saturday, June 3

Game 3 — Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 3 p.m.

Game 4 — Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 8 p.m.

Sunday, June 4

Game 5 — Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 loser, 4 p.m.

Game 6 — Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 9 p.m.

Monday, June 5

x-Game 7 — Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 7 p.m.

At Lupton Baseball Stadium

Fort Worth, Texas

Friday, June 2

Game 1 —Dallas Baptist (40-19) vs. Virginia (42-14), 4 p.m.

Game 2 — TCU (42-16) vs. CCSU (36-20), 9 p.m.

Saturday, June 3

Game 3 — Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 3 p.m.

Game 4 — Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 8 p.m.

Sunday, June 4

Game 5 — Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 loser, 4 p.m.

Game 6 — Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 9 p.m.

Monday, June 5

x-Game 7 — Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 7 p.m.

At Reckling Park

Houston

Friday, June 2

Game 1 — Texas A&M (36-21) vs. Baylor (34-21), 3 p.m.

Game 2 — Houston (40-19) vs. Iowa (38-20), 8 p.m.

Saturday, June 3

Game 3 — Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 3 p.m.

Game 4 — Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 8 p.m.

Sunday, June 4

Game 5 — Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 loser, 4 p.m.

Game 6 — Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 9 p.m.

Monday, June 5

x-Game 7 — Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 7 p.m.

At Rip Griffin Park

Lubbock, Texas

Friday, June 2

Game 1 — Texas Tech (43-15) vs. Delaware (34-21), 3 p.m.

Game 2 — Sam Houston State (40-20) vs. Arizona (37-19), 7 p.m.

Saturday, June 3

Game 3 — Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 3 p.m.

Game 4 — Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 7 p.m.

Sunday, June 4

Game 5 — Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 loser, 3 p.m.

Game 6 — Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 7 p.m.

Monday, June 5

x-Game 7 — Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 3 p.m.

At Goss Stadium

Corvallis, Ore.

Friday, June 2

Game 1 — Yale (32-16) vs. Nebraska (35-20), 4 p.m.

Game 2 — Oregon State (49-4) vs. Holy Cross (23-27), 11 p.m.

Saturday, June 3

Game 3 — Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 4 p.m.

Game 4 — Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 10 p.m.

Sunday, June 4

Game 5 — Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 loser, 4 p.m.

Game 6 — Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 10 p.m.

Monday, June 5

x-Game 7 — Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 11 p.m.

At Blair Field

Long Beach, Calif.

Friday, June 2

Game 1 —UCLA (30-25) vs. Texas (37-22), 7 p.m.

Game 2 — Long Beach State (37-17) vs. San Diego State (41-19), 11 p.m.

Saturday, June 3

Game 3 — Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 4 p.m.

Game 4 — Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 10 p.m.

Sunday, June 4

Game 5 — Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 loser, 4 p.m.

Game 6 — Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 10 p.m.

Monday, June 5

x-Game 7 — Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 11 p.m.

At Sunken Diamond

Stanford, Calif.

Thursday, June 1

Game 1 — BYU (37-19) vs. Cal State Fullerton (34-21), 4 p.m.

Game 2 — Stanford (40-14) vs. Sacramento State (32-27), 9 p.m.

Friday, June 2

Game 3 — Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 4 p.m.

Game 4 — Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 9 p.m.

Saturday, June 3

Game 5 — Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 loser, 4 p.m.

Game 6 — Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 9 p.m.

Sunday, June 4, or Monday, June 5

x-Game 7 — Game 4 winner vs. Game 5 winner, 4 p.m.

Game 7 will be played Sunday unless BYU is participating.

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