HAWKS UP LATE IN GAME TWO BUT SWEPT IN TWINBILL TO LEHIGH
Feb. 27, 2013
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - The Hawks led 4-0 after four innings in the second game to try to split on Wednesday, but UMES lost both contests to Lehigh at home, falling 13-2 and 8-4. UMES drops to 1-7 while Lehigh goes to 3-2.
Lehigh got a lot of production in the top of the second against Jesus Hernandez (0-2) in game one. After a reach on error by Connor Faust, the Mountain Hawks put together six straight hits, capped by a two-run single by Casey Turner, to take a 6-0 lead. The visitors added one in the second on a sacrifice fly by Mike Garzillo for a 7-0 game.
UMES got on the board in the bottom half of the third. Two batters after Connor Breslin (Saylorsburg, Pa.) walked, Mike Escanilla (Waldorf, Md.) singled to put runners on the corners. Malik Wylie (Bronx, N.Y.) grounded out to second, allowing Breslin to score to get UMES its first run.
The Mountain Hawks responded with four more runs combined in the next two innings, including an RBI double by Casey Turner in the fifth, to go up 11-1 after four-and-a-half.
In the bottom of the sixth, the heads-up play of Byron Campbell (Waldorf, Md.) got the home team a run. After hitting a single, Campbell reached third on a wild pitch and scored on a throwing error by the catcher, making the score 11-2.
But UMES could not put any more on the board, as Lehigh added two in the eighth and took the win 13-2.
Hernandez got the loss for UMES, being charged 11 runs, just eight earned, in 4.1 innings. The win went to starter Colin Gotzon (1-1), who pitched five innings in his start with one run and three strikeouts.
The Hawks turned the tables in the second game, starting quickly in the first inning. The first three batters got on: Escanilla singled, Joshua James (Milford, Del.) hit an infield single and Campbell got hit by a pitch. Jeffrey Fleetwood (Delmar, Del.) hit a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Escanilla for UMES's first run. After Nick Cooper (Delmar, Del.) walked and a pop out, Dustin Aigner (Melfa, Va.) hit a single to second, scoring a pair of runs to give UMES an early 3-0 advantage.
With Zachary Saca (Elk Grove, Calif.) (0-2) holding strong on the mound, the Hawks scored again in the bottom of the fourth. Dylan Bell (Salisbury, Md.) singled, and two batters later Thomas Gray (Delmar, Del.) and Tim Gray (Dover, Del.) singled and walked respectively to load the bases with one out. Escanilla hit a ball to deep center for a sacrifice fly, bringing in Bell and pushing the Hawks up 4-0.
But Lehigh responded in the fifth, putting together four straight hits with two outs, finished by a three-run single by John Elson with the bases full, tying the game at four.
In the top of the sixth, the first four Lehigh batters earned hits, finished by a two-run single by Mike Garzillo. J.P. Black (Elkton, Md.) retired the next two batters, but Justin Pacchioli hit a two-run triple to cap another four-run inning and give the visitors an 8-4 advantage.
UMES was not able to muster another hit in the final two innings and was defeated 8-4 in the second contest.
In the second game, Saca got the loss after going five-plus innings. Despite pitching a scoreless first four innings, he was charged with eight runs. Lehigh's starter Kevin Long pitched just the first inning, allowing three runs. The win went to Jayme Edwards, who pitched the last three innings of relief without allowing a run.
Escanilla reached base four times in eight plate appearances, going 3-for-7 with a run and an RBI. He has now reached base in each of his first eight games as a Hawk. Campbell scored two runs and stole a base, going 2-for-6. James hit safely in each game, finishing 2-for-7.
For Lehigh, Pacchioli went 5-for-10 in the two games, bringing in five runs and scoring three times. Turner concluded with a 4-for-8 day and driving in four.
The Hawks will stay home and welcome in Cornell and Saint Peter's this weekend for the UMES Tournament. UMES takes on Cornell first at noon on Friday.