GAME ONE COMEBACK FALLS JUST SHORT, UMES LOSES DOUBLEHEADER
March 4, 2012
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. -- The Hawks had a strong ninth inning comeback attempt against Cornell in game one of their Sunday doubleheader, falling just short in the 7-5 loss. UMES fell in both games of the twinbill, losing game two 13-0 to fall to 0-11 on the year, while Cornell improves to 4-0.
Cornell scored three runs in the top of the first, capped by an RBI double by Matt Hall, to go up 3-0.
With Jesus Hernandez (Haverstraw, N.Y.) (0-1) holding down the Big Red in the next three innings, UMES rallied in the bottom of the fourth. After Tre-Von Johnson (East New Market, Md.) singled, two batters later Franklin Armstrong (Trenton, N.J.) doubled down the right field line for an RBI. After Brandon Schott (Warren, Pa.) flied out, Thomas Grey (Delmar, Del.) singled up the middle to bring home Armstrong. Aaron Burton (Roanoke, Va.) followed with a game-tying RBI triple. Next batter, Shaquille Bagwell (Atlantic, Va.) hit an infield single to score Burton and give the Hawks a 4-3 lead.
Next half-inning, Cornell used a pair of RBI doubles from Frank Hager and Brandon Lee to retake the lead 5-4.
Cornell added a pair of insurance runs in the top of the sixth with a pair of hits and errors for a 7-4 advantage.
Tyler Witte (Westminster, Md.) pitched 4.1 innings of relief with just one earned run and three strikeouts, giving UMES a chance in the final innings.
The Hawks put the tying run at the plate with no outs after Bagwell reached on error and Stephen Bull (Millsboro, Del.) doubled to left field. Johnson brought home a run with an RBI ground out, but UMES could not close the gap as it fell 7-5.
Brian McAfee (1-0) got the win for Cornell with five innings thrown in the start, allowing four runs with four strikeouts. Kellen Urbon got the save after pitching the ninth inning with a run allowed. Hernandez had the loss with five runs allowed in 4.2 innings, including three strikeouts.
Game two saw Cornell score first again with an RBI single by Brian Billigen to bring home Marshall Yansick for a 1-0 start.
Karim Gonzalez (Mexico City, Mexico) (0-1) held the Big Red off the board in the second, but the next inning, Cornell exploded for six runs, including two run-scoring triples from Hall and Hager, to push the lead to seven for the visiting team.
The Big Red put together another six-run inning in the fifth, with a three-run inside-the-park home run by Billigen, to go up 13-0.
UMES tried to come back, including having the first career hit for Dylan Bell (Salisbury, Md.), but the deficit was too much as the Maroon and Grey lost 13-0 in the final game. Bernard Parker (Waldorf, Md.) pitched a scoreless final two-and-a-third innings, striking out two.
Rick Marks (1-0) got the win, throwing the first five innings with two strikeouts, while the loss went to Gonzalez, allowing seven runs, just five earned, in the 2.2 inning start.
James Newsome (Mechanicsville, Md.) and Byron Campbell (Waldorf, Md.) each improved their hit streaks to four each after hitting safely in each contest. Armstrong walked three times and got a hit in game one with a run and an RBI.
The Hawks will hit the road for Philadelphia as they will play Villanova, Temple and Saint Joseph's next weekend.