UMES BASEBALL DOWNED IN SEASON OPENER, RAINED OUT IN OTHER GAMES
Feb. 16, 2004
Savannah, GA - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks (UMES) (0-2) were swept in a double header on Monday by the Savannah State Tigers (5-1) by scores of 7-4 and 18-3. They played on Monday as a make-up from the scheduled Sunday games but had to postpone Saturday's double-header because of rain.
UMES got a strong outing in game one from veteran players, Pete Mayta (2-4, 1 run), Joel Maher (2-3 1 run), and Bobby Shaw (1-3 1 run). The Tiger's errors allowed three UMES runs as Leon Tilghman recorded the only RBI of the contest. Dereck Casper in his first outing as a Hawk took the loss allowing six runs, five earned.
In game two the Hawks never got on track as Mayta again produced (2-3, 2 runs, 1 RBI) and was helped by Robert Benak and Anthony Jackson who both went two for three. Tilghman scored the only other run while going one for one at the plate. Sean Davis took the loss in his Hawk debut allowing eight runs, two of which were earned. The Hawks committed seven errors.
"The first game was great," said Head Coach Bobby Rodriguez. "Of course I wanted to win. However, for the first game on a team we are rebuilding I was pleased with the hard work and great hitting of Mayta, Jackson, Tilghman, Beank, and the rest. We did a lot of little things right," he added.
UMES Baseball will be a part of the homecoming activities this weekend hosting the U.S. Naval Academy at 4:00 at Hawk Stadium. Admission is free. Come out and see the home opener of your 2004 Hawks.