HAWKS EXPLODE LATE IN FIRST MEAC WIN OF 2014
March 16, 2014
BALTIMORE, Md. – The University of Maryland Eastern Shore baseball team saw four players record three hits games on Sunday afternoon as the Hawks picked up a 14-3 victory over Coppin State at Joe Cannon Stadium. The win was the first of the year for UMES in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, where their record is now 1-2.
With the decision, UMES moves to 3-10, 1-2 MEAC, while Coppin State drops to 4-9, 2-1 MEAC.
The game was scoreless through the first three innings, before Coppin State erupted with two runs in the bottom half of the fourth. The lead by the Eagles did not last long, however, as UMES scored five in the fifth to take a three-run lead.
Senior Stephen Bull (Millsboro, Del.) walked to open the inning and came around to score on the first of two RBIs on the day by freshman Justin Dattilo (Pittsburgh, Pa.). Junior Greg Turlik (Gaithersburg, Md.) knocked in senior Byron Campbell (Waldorf, Md.) the following at-bat, before the Hawks scored three more runs to bat around in the frame.
Following a scoreless inning tossed by junior Chipper Smith (Florence, S.C.) UMES used four hits and one error to score another four runs in the sixth. UMES scored two runs in the seventh and sophomore Jordan Bone (Pittston, Pa.) held sway for the next three innings.
UMES was led by sophomore Connor Breslin (Saylorsburg, Pa.), who was 3-for-5 with two runs and four RBI. The third baseman enjoyed his finest game of the season as he ripped a double and came through with several big at-bats. Campbell was 3-for-5 with four runs scored, while Turlik was 3-for-5 with three RBI and two runs.
Bone (1-0) was credited with the win after he pitched three innings and allowed just one earned run. Smith threw well in his third start of the year by allowing six hits and two walks in four innings. UMES left 14 runners on base in the game, but did not make an error defensively.
Randal Mendez paced CSU with a 3-for-3 and two RBI performance. William Brown had the other RBI with one hit and leadoff hitter, Jeffrey Fitch, walked twice. William Grebenstein (1-3) was saddled with the loss after allowing eight hits and five runs in 4.1 innings pitched.
UMES looks to keep up its winning ways this week when the Hawks travel to Durham, N.C., to take on Duke on Tuesday at 6 p.m. The game is the first of two for UMES on their spring break trip, as they travel to UNC Greensboro on Wednesday at 6p p.m. as well.
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