HAWKS HEAD HOME VICTORIOUS WITH 7-4 WIN OVER WINTHROP
Thomas Gray drove in three runs in UMES's first victory of the year.
Thomas Gray drove in three runs in UMES's first victory of the year.

Feb. 17, 2013

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ROCK HILL, S.C. - Sunday's game was worth the long wait as UMES came away late with a 7-4 victory against Winthrop. UMES improves to 1-1, splitting the series with Winthrop, which is also 1-1.

The start of the game was delayed four hours due to field cleanup after the Winthrop Ballpark got hit by snow and rain the day before.

UMES struck hard in the top of the second against Winthrop starter Tyler Klitsch. Byron Campbell (Waldorf, Md.) reached on an error and stole second after the next at bat. Brandon Schott (Warren, Pa.) and Joshua James (Milford, Del.) hit back-to-back RBI doubles to push UMES ahead 2-0. After Mike Escanilla (Waldorf, Md.) singled to put two runners on, Thomas Gray (Delmar, Del.) singled to right for two RBI, giving UMES a 4-0 lead.

On the hill, Zachary Saca (Elk Grove, Calif.) pitched very well in the first four innings, not allowing a run. However in the fifth, Winthrop got seven straight batters to reach base to total four runs, including a two-run double by Nate Bateman and an RBI double by Cody Dolan, to tie the game at 4-4.

Both starters were gone by the sixth inning with no decisions. Saca pitched well despite the rough fifth inning, going 4.1 innings with four runs, just three earned, and two strikeouts, while Klitsch went 4.2 frames, giving up four runs and striking out seven.

With one out in the top of the seventh, Stephen Bull (Millsboro, Del.) singled on a line drive to center. Next batter, Tre-von Johnson (East New Market, Md.) grounded a double down the third base line off Joey Strain (0-1) to score Bull and put UMES back in the lead 5-4.

In the next half-inning, Bernard Parker (Waldorf, Md.) (1-0) went through the order one-two-three to keep UMES ahead.

UMES added some insurance in the eighth. Escanilla got hit by a pitch with two out, stealing second with Gray batting. Gray followed up with a ground-ball single to right, scoring Escanilla and giving the Hawks a 6-4 advantage.

The Hawks added one more in the ninth, beginning the inning with back-to-back singles by Bull and Johnson. Two batters later, Jeffrey Fleetwood (Delmar, Del.) grounded a single to right, scoring Bull from second and making it 7-4.

The Eagles got the bases loaded with two outs, but Devin Repine (Salisbury, Md.) induced a foul out from Stephen Wallace to seal the game and give UMES the 7-4 victory.

Parker earned the win, going 3.2 scoreless innings in relief with a pair of strikeouts. For the second consecutive season he earned the first UMES victory of the year. Repine received his first save of his UMES career after pitching a scoreless ninth.

Strain got the loss in relief, giving up a run in 1.2 innings with two strikeouts.

For UMES, Gray went 2-for-4 with three RBI, bringing in nearly half of UMES's runs. Johnson got three hits in five at bats with an RBI, while Bull and Escanilla each earned two hits and a pair of runs.

Bateman scored a run and had a pair of RBI to add to his 2-for-5 day for the Eagles, while Leighton Daniels went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI.

UMES will play next weekend in Lexington, Virginia, taking on Buffalo at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, February 22nd.