HAWKS FALL IN NINTH TO COLONIALS IN SEASON OPENER
Feb. 19, 2014
ARLINGTON, Va. – Despite holding a 2-0 lead in the seventh inning, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore bullpen could not close the deal, as the Hawks dropped a 3-2 decision to George Washington at Barcroft Park on Wednesday night. UMES collected six hits in the contest, but made a pair of errors and walked seven altogether.
UMES (0-1) and George Washington (1-0) found themselves locked up a 2-2 affair in the bottom of the ninth. Cody Bryant welcomed UMES reliever Will Turley (Greensboro, Md.) with a single to open the frame, before pinch runner Joey Bartosic stole second. Bartosic moved over on a fielder’s choice and came to score the following at-bat after Andrew Selby singled to rightfield. The hit sealed the contest as GW scored three unanswered runs to finish the game.
Sophomore J.P. Black (Elkton, Md.) was fantastic on the hill for UMES in the contest as he received the opening day start and went 4.2 innings with two hits allowed. Black was followed by freshman Jesse Stinnett (Amherst Heights, Va.), who threw 3.1 innings and let up two earned runs with two walks. Senior Byron Campbell (Waldord, Md.) was 2-for-4 with one run, while junior Greg Turlik (Gaithersburg, Md.) had a double and two hits. Freshman Justin Dattilo (Pittsburgh, Pa.) threw out a pair of runners and had one RBI.
The two teams engaged in an early battle as the game was scoreless through three innings. With one away, Campbell singled and moved to third on a double by Turlik. Dattilo scored Campbell on the following at-bat on an RBI groundout, before senior Jeffrey Fleetwood (Delmar, Del.) singled home Turlik to give UMES a two run advantage.
UMES had its lead threatened in the fifth, but Stinnett came in relief with runners on first and second with two away to induce a groundout.
After retiring the side in order the next frame, Stinett got into a little trouble in the seventh. Andrew Selby singled through the right-side with two runners on to bring the GW deficit to one. The Colonials took advantage of a pair of walks by Stinnett to tally another run in the eighth after a Bobby Campbell sacrifice fly scored Xavier Parkmond.
Stinett was replaced by Turley in the ninth, who was credited with the loss after allowing two hits.
GW was led by the two-hit performances of Selby and Cody Bryant. Aaron Weisberg pitched well for the Colonials after allowing five hits and fanning six in seven innings. Colin Milon threw a scoreless eighth, before Eddie Muhl took home the victory after walking one in one inning pitched.
UMES will stay on the road for its next contest when the Hawks travel to Georgia Southern for a three-game set beginning on Friday night at 6 p.m. The Eagles will host UMES on Saturday and Sunday as well, before the Hawks return home to face Georgetown next Wednesday at 2 p.m.
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