UMES SPLITS SUNDAY DOUBLEHEADER WITH LAFAYETTE
March 10, 2013
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - UMES held on for the victory in game one 5-4 over Lafayette, falling in the second contest 15-1 in seven to split the doubleheader. The Hawks enter conference play at 3-12 while the Leopards go to 2-9.
With first and second and one out in the top of the second, Parker Hills doubled to the left-center gap to bring in two runs and give Lafayette a 2-0 lead.
UMES got run back in the next half-inning. Brandon Schott (Warren, Pa.) led off with a double and advanced to third on a ground out. Next batter, Thomas Gray (Delmar, Del.) hit an infield single to bring in Schott and bring the Hawks within one 2-1.
Jesus Hernandez (Haverstraw, N.Y.) did not allow another run in his start, going five innings and allowing just two runs.
Into the sixth against UMES reliever Bernard Parker (Waldorf, Md.) (2-1), a Brad Hopek fielder's choice brought in Thomas Dunleavy to make it 3-1 Leopards.
The Hawks attacked in the sixth, finally getting multiple runs against Lafayette starter Connor Ortolf (0-3). After Byron Campbell (Waldorf, Md.) and Jeffrey Fleetwood (Delmar, Del.) each singled to put runners on the corners, Schott doubled to left to bring in Campbell. Joshua James (Milford, Del.) singled to right-center to being Fleetwood home and tie the game. Two batters later, Connor Breslin (Saylorsburg, Pa.) singled to right-center, scoring Schott and giving UMES a 4-3 advantage.
Next inning, UMES added some insurance. Mike Escanilla (Waldorf, Md.) hit an infield single and advanced to second on a Malik Wylie (Bronx, N.Y.) sacrifice bunt. Two batters later, Fleetwood hit a ball down the left field line for a single, allowing Escanilla to score and making it 5-3 UMES.
Lafayette tried to come back in the next half-inning against reliever Tyler Witte (Westminster, Md.). Tyler Hudson singled and got to third on a pair of wild pitches. Hills brought Hudson in with a single to bring the Leopards within one. Devin Repine (Salisbury, Md.) came in and finished the inning. Repine went through the ninth in four batters without a run to secure the 5-4 victory for UMES.
The win went to Parker, who was charged with only an unearned run in 1.2 innings of relief. Repine got his second save of the season, throwing the final 1.2 innings without a run allowed. Lafayette starter Ortolf got the loss, allowing four runs in six innings.
Things were tough for UMES in the second game, Lafayette opened the game with two runs in the first and three in the second against UMES starter James Smith (Florence, S.C.) (0-3). Later, the Leopards added two in the fifth and seven in the sixth to get a 14-0 lead after five-and-a-half.
UMES finally got a run in the bottom of the sixth after Breslin drew a bases loaded walk to make it 14-1. But the Hawks could not muster anymore runs and Lafayette added one more in the seventh and took the win 15-1.
Michael Massa pitched a complete game for Lafayette in the second contest, allowing one run in seven innings. Smith got the loss with five runs, just four earned, in four innings.
Campbell increased his hitting streak to 12 games after earning hit in both games, going 4-for-7 combined with two runs and a walk. Schott earned three hits with a pair of doubles and two runs, while Breslin had two RBI on a 2-for-6 day.
Hills concluded the game with a 5-for-9 doubleheader, driving in six runs. Hudson scored three times, getting three hits in eight at bats with a walk and two RBI.
UMES will now get ready for conference play as the team will face Coppin State next weekend, playing a home doubleheader at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 16th.