DESPITE STRONG DEFENSIVE EFFORT, UMES FALLS TO WINTHROP 2-1 IN 10
Feb. 15, 2013
ROCK HILL, S.C. - UMES battled with Winthrop through 10 innings with strong pitching and defense, but the Eagles walked-off to win 2-1 on Friday. The Hawks begin the year at 0-1 while Winthrop goes to 1-0.
Early in the game, Jesus Hernandez (Haverstraw, N.Y.) looks good for UMES, getting out of early jams to keep Winthrop off the scoreboard in the opening pair of innings.
UMES was hitting the ball hard in the top of the third, with Mike Escanilla (Waldorf, Md.) lining a single to left-center with two out. Malik Wylie (Bronx, N.Y.) lined a single to right to put runners on the corners. While Stephen Bull (Millsboro, Del.) batted, pitcher Matt Pierpont threw a wild pitch, allowing Escanilla to score to give UMES a 1-0 lead.
Hernandez continued to pitch strongly, going through the third and fourth with no hits. Winthrop got a hit in the fifth and got the bases full with one out. Hernandez worked his way out of it, inducing a pop out from Matt Lobacz and another pop out from Max Vogel to get out of the inning with no runs across. He finished the day with five innings pitched with no runs, not getting a decision.
Winthrop broke through in the bottom of the sixth of James Smith (Florence, S.C.). Reid Langdale grounded a single through the hole on the left side, scoring TJ Oleschuk from third to tie the game at one.
Again the home team threatened in the bottom of the seventh with runners on the corners and one out. Vogel tried a safety squeeze, but Smith threw out Leighton Daniels at the plate. UMES held to keep the score at 1-1.
The Hawks battled in the next half-inning, with Tre-von Johnson (East New Market, Md.) and Byron Campbell drawing two-out walks to put a runner in scoring position, but UMES was not able to bring in a runner.
UMES had some great defense in the next two innings, including Brandon Schott (Warren, Pa.) throwing out a runner at second in the eighth and Campbell making a diving catch in center in the ninth, forcing extra innings with a 1-1 tie.
But the Hawks could not get a runner on base in the tenth, and with two out in the bottom part of the inning against Sean Woods (Clinton, Md.) (0-1), pinch hitter Clay Altman grounded a single to left, scoring Oleschuk to give Winthrop a 2-1 walk-off win.
Smith went three innings with a run and a pair of strikeouts, and, despite getting a loss, Woods pitched 1.2 frames with an unearned run.
For Winthrop, Pierpont went six innings with one run and eight strikeouts. Mitchell Knox (1-0) got the win, pitching the final 2.1 innings without a runner allowed and two strikeouts.
Escanilla earned a hit in his first at bat as a Hawk, going 1-for-4 with a run scored. Johnson reached base twice with a 1-for-3 night, getting a walk and two stolen bases.
Olesczuk scored both runs for Winthrop, hitting 1-for-5. Daniels had the only multi-hit game on the day, finishing with two hits in four at bats.
UMES will rematch against Winthrop on Saturday at 3 p.m. in Rock Hill.