HAWKS DROP DOUBLEHEADER TO MOUNT ST. MARY'S
March 13, 2012
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. -- UMES attempted comebacks in the final inning of each game, but the Hawks fell in each contest of the twinbill to Mount St. Mary's on Tuesday. UMES lost 11-6 in game one and 6-0 (7) in the later contest to fall to 0-16 on the season, while Mount St. Mary's goes to 4-9.
The Hawks struck first in the bottom of the second in game one. James Newsome (Mechanicsville, Md.) singled off Mount starter Karl Lamont (1-1) and advanced to second off a Malik Wylie (Bronx, N.Y.) sacrifice bunt. After Dustin Aigner (Melfa, Va.) walked, Joshua James (Milford, Del.) doubled down the third base line to score Newsome for a 1-0 lead.
The visitors responded in the next half-inning against UMES starter Alex Welch (Baltimore, Md.), using three RBI plate appearances including RBI singles from Nick Walker and Josh Winter, to build a 3-1 lead.
The deficit from UMES did not last long as in the third, Stephen Bull (Millsboro, Del.) led off with a double followed by a Byron Campbell (Waldorf, Md.) single, increasing Campbell's hit streak to eight games, to put runners on the corners. Next batter, Tre-Von Johnson (East New Market, Md.) singled to score Bull. With Franklin Armstrong (Trenton, N.J.) batting, Lamont committed a balk to allow Campbell to score, tying the game at 3-3.
After the Mount got an RBI single by Winter to retake the lead in the top of the fourth, the Hawks tied the game again that same inning. James led off with a single and was pushed to second on a sacrifice bunt by Shaquille Bagwell (Atlantic, Va.). Two batters later, Campbell doubled to center to score James and bring UMES even with Mount St. Mary's 4-4.
Welch left the game after the fourth, not getting a decision with four runs allowed and two strikeouts.
After throwing a scoreless fifth, Michael Epps (Pottstown, Pa.) (0-1) was hit hard in the sixth by the Mount with back-to-back RBI doubles by Walker and Mark Quaranta. Quaranta later scored on a throwing error to give MSM a 7-4 advantage.
Mount St. Mary's sealed game one in the eighth with a Winter sacrifice fly three-run home run by Tom Healy off Bernard Parker (Waldorf, Md.) for an eventual 11-4 victory.
Lamont got the win in the first contest with six innings thrown, allowing four runs and striking out eight. The loss went to Epps with three earned runs in 1+ innings pitched.
Game two started as a pitcher's duel between UMES's Karim Gonzalez (Mexico City, Mexico) (0-2) and the Mount's Ben Smallenbroek (1-1).
Jack Schwartz had a two-out double the top of the second for the Mount. Jay Knight followed with a single to center to score Schwartz for a 1-0 lead.
Gonzalez retired the side in order in the third then pitched the fourth. Schwartz struck again with an RBI double to push the Mount to a 2-0 advantage.
After a Quaranta RBI single in the fifth, UMES threatened in the bottom half with bases loaded and one out, but strikeouts from Smallenbroek and Dan Horner ended the inning with no UMES runs scored.
The Mount scored two more runs off a Michael Foster single in the sixth and another off a seventh inning Healy sacrifice fly to go up 6-0. UMES got the bases loaded again in the seventh but was unable to score a run and was shut out in game two.
Gonzalez had a strong start despite the loss, throwing four innings with just two runs allowed and three strikeouts. Smallenbock got his first win of the year with no runs allowed in 4.2 innings, while Horner had a save after finishing the game with no runs and six strikeouts.
Bull finished with a strong day, going a combined 5-for-9 with two doubles and a pair of runs. Johnson and Newsome hit safely in each game, while Campbell went 4-for-5 with a double and triple in game one with two runs and RBI, but did not get hit in game two to end the hitting streak at eight games.
Forst led the Mount with a 4-for-10 day, scoring three runs and two RBI. Winter and Healy each had four RBI in the doubleheader.
UMES will begin conference play this weekend as the Hawks head across the Bay Bridge-Tunnel for a doubleheader against Norfolk State on Saturday starting at 1 p.m.