HAWKS WIN SERIES, TAKE DOWN BUFFALO 3-1
Feb. 26, 2006
PRINCESS ANNE, MD - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) baseball team grabbed their second win of the season defeating the University at Buffalo (UB) (2-3) today at Hawks Stadium. The Hawks beat the Bulls in a nine-inning decision, 3-1.
First baseman Justin Hoban (Selbyville, Del./Delaware Valley College) went 2-3, including a triple and a walk, with two RBI and a run scored. Shortstop Bernie Stratchko (La Plata, Md./McDonaugh) also went 2-3 with a RBI and a walk.
Kenny Richardson (Princess Anne, Md./Washington H.S.) pitched a sensational game for the Fighting Hawks as he went eight innings, allowing just six hits and one unearned run. Richardson (1-0) recorded his first win of the season.
UMES came out strong in the first inning as second baseman Eric Gaines (Oberlin, Ohio/Eastern Michigan) reached after being hit by a pitch. Hoban then followed with a single to center and advanced to second on a throwing error by the UB pitcher attempting to throw Gaines out at home. However the Bulls would later heat things up in the top of fourth with a single to right center from UB catcher Dan Quinn. Centerfielder Carl Aquila would follow Quinns' single with one of his own through the right side. Quinn scored on a throwing error by third baseman Brandon Records.
With the game tied at one, the Fighting Hawks opened the bottom of the eighth with a walk by Brad Powell (Salisbury Md./Parkside H.S.). He was then moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Gaines. Hoban then tripled to right center, scoring Powell. Next, Stratchko singled to first base and scored Hoban. A single by Greg Cathell (Delmar, Md./Delmar H.S.) was not enough, as he and Stratchko would be left stranded at the end of the inning.
Kevin Hillenburg (Baltimore Md./Baltimore City CC) came in relief of Richardson in the ninth and final inning for UMES. He made the hawk faithful hold their breath as the bases were loaded when Mike Folli and Jacob Rosenbeck walked and James Kinglsey reached on a fielders' choice, all with two outs. Hillenburg would settle down and seal his first save for the Hawks with a pop up to the catcher by David Amaro.
UMES Baseball will return to Hawks Stadium when they take on Lehigh in a doubleheader Wednesday March 1, 2006 at noon.