UMES HARDBALLERS GET FIRST WIN OF SEASON IN SPLIT WITH THE MOUNT
Feb. 20, 2007
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - Head Coach got his first win as Hawks' skipper and senior ace Dustin Longchamps the first of the season as the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) took game one of a double header with visiting Mt. Saint Mary's University. They defeated the Mount 5-1 in the opening game and fell in game two 8-7 despite a valiant comeback being down 7-0.
In game one the Hawk offense jumped out early, getting one run from Eric Gaines who opened the inning with a single through the right side. He was sacrificed over by Ken Richardson and a Joel Gonzalez single to center put Gaines on third. Justin Hoban picked up the first home RBI of the season when he reached on a fielder's choice to the shortstop.
The Hawks (1-4) added four runs in the fourth inning when Gonzales led-off with a single to left and then stole second. A Hoban double plated him. Josh Dean was hit by a pitch and the Hawks were first and second with no outs. A one out Derek Baker single to right then scored Hoban and put Dean on third. Baker then took second base and a James Walls single scored them both.
The Mount (1-4) added one run in the sixth on a Stephan Fay single to right center that scored Josh Vittek who led off with a single up the middle.
After that the Hawks pitching dominated. Longchamps (1-1) went seven inning allowing the one earned run and scattering six hits, he walked just four and struck out four. Daniel Sterling and Carl Huber worked the eighth and ninth innings respectively to seal the win allowing just one base runner between them.
In game two it looked like the Mount would walk away with an easy win taking a 7-0 lead bys coring five in the fourth inning. They got to starter Mike Roberts (0-2) early, tagging him for a run in the second and third innings and four more in the fourth. He would officially only work three innings, allowing six runs, five earned and issuing three walks with three Ks.
UMES would then begin chipping away, getting one back in the fourth on a Gonzalez double that scored Richardson. They got another run in the fifth when Kevin Hillenburg, who doubled down the right field line, scored on a Walls single. The Hawks then had a big inning of their own, plating four in the sixth of the seven inning contest. Hoban singled through the right side with one out and went to second on a Dean single. Hillenburg then singled through the left side to load the bases. A pinch hitter dug in in the form of Cameron Proctor who singled in his first collegiate at bat, scoring Hoban and Dean. A Baker single then plated Hillenburg. With two outs Gaines delivered a single to right center to score Proctor and UMES was down 7-6.
The Mount added one run in the top of the seventh as Justis Yokum scored on a wild pitch. Yokum pinch ran and subsequently stole second and third bases to get in scoring position.
UMES wasn't done, they added one run in the bottom of the last inning. Hoban singled to right and was lifted for pinch runner Brian White. He stole second base and scored from there on a Hillenburg single. Pinch hitter Will Prather made the final out on a hard hit ball to second, dashing the Hawks' hopes of a comeback.
"We played with a lot of heart in game two," said Gardner. "I am proud of them, they were down big and they never gave up. I told the team, this is a great learning experience, we can learn a lot form a comeback like this, losing 8-7, not so much from a 7-0 game. We can learn what it takes to compete and to keep fighting,' Gardner added.
In game two UMES used every active player on the roster except for two. "The freshman really stepped up," said Gardner. "They got big hits, put the ball in play and pitched well. They gained valuable experience today."
On the day UMES got some outstanding performances. Gaines and Gonzaalez were both 3-8 with a run and an RBI apiece. Baker was 4-6, adding a run and two RBI and Hoban was an impressive 4-8 with two runs and 4 RBI. Sterling worked a combined two and two thirds innings allowing just two hits and one walk.
The Hawks are off until the weekend when they host Iona for a three game series. A double header is scheduled for a noon start on Saturday with a single game scheduled for Sunday.