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September 10, 2009 / umbcdawgblog

Retriever Alumni Update – September 10, 2009

Sorry for the lack of update last week as the Dawg Blog was in Sunny California with the volleyball team as they took part in the Long Beach State/UC Irvine Invitational. Some video and pics of that trip upcoming. But onto this week’s update…

Minor League Baseball

With the increase to 40-man rosters in the Major Leagues, former UMBC ace Zack Clark found himself on the move before the season ended. Last we checked in, he was in Frederick (Class A). He made his last appearance for the Keys on Aug. 29, striking out two and allowing one run in two innings of work. He finished the season in Frederick with a 1.13 ERA in eight innings of work. He struck out seven in the four appearances.

He then moved to AAA Norfolk for the remainder of the season, where he made two appearances.  He pitched two scoreless innings on Sept. 1 before allowing two runs in 2 and 2/3 innings of work on the 5th. He finished the season in Norfolk with a 3.86 ERA in 4 and 2/3 innings.

If you include his Gulf Coast League rehab stint, Clark’s numbers for the year looked good… 2-1 with a 3.35 ERA in 23 outings. He struck out 35, while only walking 13 in 48 and 1/3 innings of work. We’ll look forward to following his career next year.

United Soccer League – Division I

Matt Watson played all 90 minutes for the Carolina RailHawks in a 1-1 tie with Montreal on Aug. 30, before again going the distance in a 1-0 loss to Montreal on Sept. 2. Against Puerto Rico on Tuesday, Watson started his third game in a row, playing 85 minutes and recording a shot.

Cementing his starting position late in the season, Watson has appeared in 17 matches and has earned a goal and an assist.

National League Lacrosse

Former lax star Peet Poillon was drafted in the fourth round (37th overall) to the Philadelphia Wings, where he will get the chance to play alongside former UMBC star Drew Westervelt. Jon Harasym was traded on draft day from Philly to the Buffalo Bandits. Look for updates from the NLL starting in January 2010.

As always, if you know of any former Retrievers playing in professional or semi-professional leagues around the world, please email tfenster@umbc.edu and we’ll start tracking them. Thanks for reading, hope your summer is going well.

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