SOLID STARTING PITCHING HELPS RIDER TO SERIES SWEEP OF UMES, 4-1, 7-0
March 1, 2010
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - Rider starting pitchers Joe Cologero and Patrick Devlin combined to limit the University of Maryland Eastern shore baseball team to one run and second baseman A.J. Albee went 4-for-9 with two runs and two RBIs as the Broncs swept the Hawks, 4-1 and 7-0, at Hawks Stadium Monday.
Rider improves to 4-0 with its second straight doubleheader sweep while UMES falls to 0-8 on the season.
Cologero (1-0) went eight strong innings in his collegiate debut, surrendering just one earned run on six hits in the bottom of the eighth inning of Game 1, and Devlin pitched four innings of shutout baseball in the second game to complete the sweep. Devlin (1-0) scattered three hits and struck out five on the day. Neither pitched issued a walk.
UMES mustered 11 base hits over the two games, three of which came off the bat of junior Elliott Alston (Littleton, Colo.), who was 3-for-7 at the plate.
Senior Cameron Zimmerman (Harrisburg, Pa.) absorbed the loss in the first game. Zimmerman (0-2) gave up three runs - all earned - six hits and three walks in five innings. Sophomore Karim Gonzalez (Mexico City, Mexico) took the loss in Game 2 allowing four earned runs. Gonzalez (0-2) made it through five innings, giving up nine hits, two walks and fanned three.
The Broncs scored a run in each of the first three innings of the first game. Rider loaded the bases in the first with no one out on singles by Albee and Matt McCollum and a walk from Mason Heyne. After a fielder's choice forced Albee out at home, Steve Galella reached on another fielder's choice to shortstop, scoring McCollum to give the guests a 1-0 lead.
Rider manufactured a second run in the next frame when Garrett Rugg led off with a single. He moved to third on consecutive groundouts and scored on a Zimmerman wild pitch. In the third, Galella singled with one gone and was chased home on a double by Nick Wojnowski to left field.
With freshman Tony Gonzales (New Braunfels, Texas) on in relief of Zimmerman to start the sixth, the Broncs added to the lead. Adam Wayman singled up the middle and was sacrificed to second, moving to third on a groundout. Karl Johnston then took a 1-1 pitch to left field for a single to drive in Wayman.
Gonzales settled down, allowing just one more hit and mo walks in his final three innings.
UMES cut into the margin in the eighth with two outs. Tre-Von Johnson (East New Market, Md.), Phil Vaughn (Clinton, Md.) and J.J Corriveau (Hollywood, Fla.) strung together three straight singles to get on the board. Corriveau took a 1-0 offering through the right side on a hit-and-run to plate Johnson from third for what proved to be the Hawks' only run of the series.
Nate Eppley nailed down the win for Cologero in the ninth, striking out the side sandwiched by a Bryan Chaikowsky (Bethlehem, Pa.) single to the gap in left-center field.
Rider again jumped out to an early lead in the second game, tallying a run with a two-out RBI single to center by McCollum and picked up two in the third and four in the fourth to secure the sweep.
UMES never mounted a serious threat and had just four hits in the game. Devlin and three relievers combined for the shutout as Johnson collected the hosts' only extra-base hit of the contest, a double to the gap in left center in the third.
UMES is back in action at Hawks Stadium Wednesday with a doubleheader against Lehigh first pitch is scheduled for 12 p.m.