BALANCED EFFORT HELPS UMES SECURE DOUBLEHEADER SWEEP OVER THE MOUNT
March 11, 2014
BEL AIR, Md. – Freshman hurlers Jesse Stinnett (Madison Heights, Va.) and Philip Berry (Milford, Del.) combined to allow just two earned runs in over 12 innings of work, as the University of Maryland Eastern Shore baseball team took two games from Mount St. Mary’s on Monday afternoon at Hartford Community College. The Hawks won game one by a score of 5-3, before taking an 8-4 decision over The Mount in the nightcap.
UMES (2-8) combined for 27 hits between the two games. Junior Joshua James (Milford, Del.) enjoyed his finest games of the season with a 5-for-8 effort at the plate and senior Byron Campbell (Waldorf, Md.) hit safely in both to up his hit-streak to seven games. Freshman Justin Dattilo (Pittsburgh, Pa.) had two RBI in both games.
Stinnett (1-2) set the tone for the Hawks in the opener as allowed nine hits and two runs in eight innings. The freshman fanned five batters in the game as he logged his first quality start with the Hawks. His effort was backed up by a fantastic offensive effort, where the Hawks had a season-high 15 hits and had five players with multiple hit games.
Senior Jeffrey Fleetwood (Delmar, Del.) led the way with a 3-for-5 performance at the plate. Fleetwood chipped in with a double, one RBI and one run, while sophomore Mike Escanilla (Waldorf, Md.) was also 3-for-5 with two runs. James had two hits, including an RBI double in the sixth.
UMES found itself in an early 3-0 hole after two innings, but an RBI groundout by Dattilo brought the Hawk deficit to two. Stinnett settled down and did not allow a run for the next six innings and the Hawks evened the game up with single tallies in the sixth and eighth.
With one away in the ninth, Escanilla and Campbell each singled. Escanilla gave UMES the lead, 4-3, after he was plated on an RBI single by junior Greg Turlik (Gaithersburg, Md.). The Hawks added an insurance run when Dattilo sent Campbell home on a sacrifice fly. Junior Devin Repine (Salisbury, Md.) threw a perfect ninth to notch his first save of the year.
In the nightcap, UMES jumped out to an 8-0 lead after two innings. Berry (1-1) began the game by blanking The Mount for the first four innings, before three runs by MSM in the fifth brought the game to within five, 8-3. Senior Bernard Parker (Waldorf, Md.) continued his success on the mound with 1.1 innings of scoreless ball and Repine pitched the ninth to finish his second game of the day.
James led the Hawks with a 3-for-4 performance in game two, while Campbell was 1-for-3 with a run and an RBI. The Hawks allowed just three hits to the opposition.
Mount St. Mary’s (2-5) was paced by Andrew Frazier, who hit safely in both games and was 2-for-4 with a stolen base in the second game. Karl Lamont allowed just one earned run the opener, before giving way to a pair of relievers to finish the game. Jordan Lawson took the loss for MSM in the first game, while Vincent Molesky was saddled with the loss in the nightcap. Mount St. Mary’s combined for nine hits on the day.
UMES returns to action this weekend, when the Hawks open up their Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference schedule with a doubleheader at Coppin State on Saturday, March 15. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.
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