UMES OUTHITS SAINT JOSEPH'S BUT FALL IN BATTLE OF HAWKS 6-3
March 11, 2012
MERION STATION, Pa. - Despite multi-hit games from Brandon Schott (Warren, Pa.) and Stephen Bull (Millsboro, Del.) and UMES outhitting its opponent 10-6, the Maroon and Grey fell to the Hawks of Saint Joseph's 6-3 on Sunday. UMES is 0-14 while Saint Joseph's is now 3-12.
Tre-Von Johnson (East New Market, Md.) led off the second with an infield single, advancing to second on a wild pitch. Two batters later, Schott singled to put runners on the corners with one out. With Joshua James (Milford, Del.) batting, St. Joseph's starter Jordan Carter threw a wild pitch, allowing Johnson to score for a 1-0 UMES lead.
The home team responded in the bottom half of the inning bringing home three runs, including an RBI infield single by Eddie Palmer plus a pair of walks, to go up 3-1.
In the top of the fourth, Franklin Armstrong (Trenton, N.J.) drew a one-out walk. Next batter, Schott drilled a double to center to score Armstrong and cut the deficit to one. Later, after James reached second base, Bull singled up the middle against Daniel Thorpe (1-0) to score the UMES shortstop, tying the game at three.
UMES had a scare in the fifth as Saint Joseph's threatened with second and third with one out. James Smith (Florence, S.C.) (0-3) relieved Devin Repine (Salisbury, Md.), striking out Chris Hueth, walking Quinn Renner and inducing a ground out to third from Brett Tiagwad to end the inning with no runs across, keeping the game tied.
The tie was short-lived as with first and second with two outs in the bottom of the sixth, Kevin Taylor hit a home run to center field to give a 6-3 lead to St. Joseph's.
The bullpen came through in the bottom of the seventh, as the inning started with first and second and nobody out. Zachary Saca (Elk Grove, Calif) came in for UMES, and after a sacrifice bunt put two in scoring position with one out, Saca struck out Palmer on three pitches and induced a ground out to first from Stefan Kancylarz to end the seventh with no scoring.
UMES was not able to close the gap despite putting the tying run on deck in the eighth, and fell to Saint Joseph's 6-3.
The win went to Thorpe with 3.1 innings thrown in relief, not allowing a run with three strikeouts. Smith got the loss with 1.1 innings pitched, allowing three runs. Lansing Veeder picked up the save, throwing the last two innings with a pair of Ks.
Each starter did not get a decision. Jesus Hernandez (Haverstraw, N.Y.) pitched two innings for UMES with three runs allowed, while Jordan Carter went three-and-two-thirds with three runs given up with three strikeouts.
Out of the bullpen, Repine had a scoreless 2.1 frames, while Saca pitched two innings of scoreless relief with two strikeouts.
Schott led UMES with a 3-for-4 day, including a pair of doubles and an RBI. Bull went 2-for-5 with an RBI, while Byron Campbell (Waldorf, Md.) increased his hitting streak to seven games with a double in the first inning.
Taylor led Saint Joseph's, having a 1-for-4 outing with the home run and three RBI. Eddie Palmer went 2-for-3 with a run and RBI.
UMES returns home to Princess Anne for a doubleheader on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. as the team hosts Mount St. Mary's at Hawks Stadium.