HAWK OFFENSE CAN'T GET OVER THE HUMP, FALL 6-2
Feb. 25, 2008
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) took a 2-0 lead with lone runs in the second and third innings but could not hold back the Rider University offense any longer as the Brons used a three run fourth inning to take the lead for good and the eventual victory in game two of the three game series, 6-2.
UMES jumped out early, posting one run in the second inning when Ken Richardson led off with a single up the middle. After Derrick Baker moved him over Tyler Love singled up the middle to plate Richardson.
The Hawks seemed to have things going their way in the third inning as they jumped all over Rider starter Derek Caldwell. Josh Dunham led off with a walk and went to second when Pat Hercinger reached on error by Mason Heyne. Ryan Coppi then singled to center to plate Dunham and move Hercinger to second base. Russell Deutschmann would draw the walk to load the bases with no outs.
What looked like would be a big inning for UMES ended suddenly with no more runs as Richardson pooped out to second, Baker reached on fielder's choice that got Hercinger out at home and Love would go down swinging to end the inning.
Rider got their three runs in the fourth inning with Garrett Olson reaching on an error by starter Mike Roberts and Heyne doubling to center, plating him. Maurice Williams would come up with another double later in the inning that plated Heyne. With Williams on third after a wild pitch Eric Woodrow singled up the middle to plate him.
Roberts would get the loss for UMES but due to no fault of his own. He went six innings, threw 99 pitches, 56 for strikes. He allowed three runs, two earned, walked just three and struck out a pair. It was a solid outing for the junior lefty.
The Hawks collected six hits on the day. The first came with the first batter of the day, centerfielder Phil Vaughn who led-off with a triple but did not score. Vaughn, Coppi, Deutschmann, Richardson, Love and Remo Orsini all collected one hit each for the Hawks.
Sean Olson and Heyne each had a pair of RBI for Rider. Steve Galella was 2-2 at the plate with Heyne going 2-4 with two doubles.
Dan Sasso got the win in relief for the Broncs. Kris Brown picked up his first save of the year throwing the final two innings and allowing just one hit. He struck out five, including the final three Hawk hitters.
The two teams play game three of the series today at 1:30 p.m., the back end of a double header.