GAINES FIRST HOMERUN POWERS HAWKS TO WIN IN GAME TWO, 6-5 OVER LEHIGH
March 13, 2007
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - Eric Gaines crushed a lead-off home run in game two, the first of his collegiate career, to put the Hawks ahead and eventually leading them to a 6-5 win over the Lehigh University Mountain Hawks (3-7-1) in a double header today at Hawks Stadium.
Gaines was 3-4 in the game, scoring twice and plating two runs. His lead-off homer was followed by a double to left center in the fifth that scored Derrick Baker who had singled earlier in the inning. Gaines wasn't done there as he reached on a bunt single in the final inning.
In that inning the Hawks (3-14) rallied, tied at five, after Lehigh scored four in the sixth. Tyler Love, playing today for the first time this season, led-off the inning as he was hit by a pitch. Baker then reached on a bunt single. After a Lehigh pitching change Gaines did the same, putting Baker on third and scoring Love as Mountain Hawk third baseman Matt Reitz threw the ball away at first. Fearing the hot hitting Joel Gonzalez, Lehigh intentionally walked him to load the bases. Justin Hoban was the hero hitting a deep fly to right and sacrificing Baker home for the win.
UMES got one run in the first on the home run, one in the second on a Baker single that scored James Walls and two in the fifth. Those came on the Gaines double that scored Baker and on a Gonzalez single that plated Gaines.
Mike Roberts picked up the win in relief, throwing a perfect seventh inning with two strikeouts. Starter Ken Richardson was lifted after five solid innings. He allowed just three hits and one earned run.
In the game Baker was 3-3 with two runs and an RBI while Walls and Gonzalez were each 1-3.
Lehigh's Liam O'Connor was 1-2 in the game with a run and two RBI. David Moscow, and Reitz were both 1-3 in the game. Ken Longernecker picked up the loss in relief throwing one and two thirds innings, allowing two earned runs and one hit in the seventh.
In game one UMES jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first. Gaines scored after being hit by a pitch on a Gonzalez single to center. He then scored on a Kevin Hillenburg double to center that hit the fence.
Hillenburg hit the ball hard in the game, recording another double in the third. This time it hit the fence on one hop and Gonzalez, who reached on a single up the middle, scored from first.
The Hawks added one more run in the fifth as Gonzalez hit a one out double to right center and was plated on a Hillenburg single.
In game one the Hawks managed just 10 hits, three coming from Hillenburg on a 3-4 game with three RBIs and four from Gonzalez who was an impressive 4-5 with three runs and an RBI.
UMES was up 4-2 after the fifth with Hawk ace Dustin Longchamps allowing two unearned runs to that point. Longchamps gave up two runs in the seventh as Lehigh's Joe Ercolano doubled to right and went to third on a throw home that plated O'Connor. Ercolano then scored on a Stephen Salemme single to center.
With the game tied at four heading to the ninth, Longchamps took the mound to try and get the win. O'Connor started the Mountain Hawks momentum again, doubling to center and than scoring on an Ercolano single through the left side. The other two runs came on a Nick Bet homerun to deep right field.
Longchamps threw a wowing 151 pitches in the complete game loss while Lehigh's Greg Mortka got the win, working three innings and allowing just two UMES hits.
With the split UMES improves to 3-14 on the year and look for win number four tomorrow when the Purple Eagles of Niagara come to town for one game with a schedule 2:30 pm start.