BULL, JOHNSON EXTEND HIT STREAK TO SIX GAMES IN TWINBILL LOSS TO NORFOLK
March 17, 2012
NORFOLK, Va. - UMES had the tying run in scoring position in the top of the ninth, but fell just short to Norfolk State 7-5 in the first game on Saturday. The Hawks lost game two 8-1 to drop the doubleheader and fall to 0-2 in the MEAC and 0-18 overall, while the Spartans went to 2-3 in-conference and 4-12 on the season.
Tre-Von Johnson (East New Market, Md.) led off the top of the second in game one with a single, followed by Franklin Armstrong (Trenton, N.J.) drawing a walk from Norfolk starter Jordan Egan. Next batter, Brandon Schott (Warren, Pa.) hit a double into the left-center gap to score Johnson. Joshua James (Milford, Del.) continued with a two-run single to center to bring home Armstrong and Schott for a 3-0 UMES lead.
In the next half-inning, Norfolk State got on the board with an RBI off a Tyon Ore fielder's choice. Ore scored next batter after Justin Lee reached on an error, pulling the Spartans within one.
Ore struck again with an RBI single against Tyler Witte (Westminster, Md.) (0-4) to score Ryan Montgomery in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game. Lee brought Ore across the plate with a ground out to second, giving the home team the lead 4-3.
UMES tied the game in the sixth starting with a pair of one-out singles by Armstrong and Schott. Two batters later, Shaquille Bagwell (Atlantic, Va.) singled through the hole on the left side, scoring Armstrong for a 4-4 tie score.
After Norfolk State led the bottom of the sixth with a ground out, Cameron Day tripled, scoring next batter off an Ore single. Ore stole second and scored off a Lee single. Lee stole second, took third on an error, and got home on a Chris Warren sacrifice fly for a 7-4 NSU advantage.
The Hawks were not done yet, as Schott doubled down the left field line and advanced to third during a James single. Bagwell earned his second RBI with a sacrifice fly, bringing in Schott to cut the deficit to two.
In the top of the ninth, UMES got second and third with two outs with singles from Bull and Jeffrey Fleetwood (Delmar, Del.) to put the tying run in scoring position, but the Hawks could not get them home as they fell 7-5 in the first game.
Witte pitched 5.1 innings in the defeat, allowing seven runs, only four earned, in the start. Zachary Saca (Elk Grove, Calif.) and James Smith (Florence, S.C.) each had scoreless relief appearances, throwing 1.2 innings and one frame respectively.
Egan did not get a decision with five innings thrown in his start, allowing three runs. Richie Salter (2-0) got the win in relief with four innings pitched.
In game two, NSU struck first against UMES starter Jacob Foreman (Little Orleans, Md.) (0-4). Three batters after a pair of leadoff singles, Lee singled to left to score Day and Ore for a 2-0 start.
UMES got a run back in the top of the third. Bagwell hit a one-out single and advanced to second via passed ball. Byron Campbell (Waldorf, Md.) singled up the middle to score Bagwell and cut the deficit to one as UMES trailed 2-1.
That was as close as UMES got, as after Norfolk State scored an unearned run in the third, the home team got four run-scoring plate appearances in a row in the fourth, including RBI hits by Day, Ore and Shane Hoggard, to build an eventual final score of 8-1.
The Hawks tried hard against Preseason All-MEAC selection Ryan VanAssche (1-3), but the Spartans starter had a complete game against UMES with seven innings throw with seven strikeouts.
Foreman had a complete game as well for UMES despite getting the loss, striking out seven with eight runs allowed, just six of them earned.
Bull and Johnson each increased their individual hit streaks to six games. Bull, getting his fifth straight multi-hit game after the first contest, went 3-for-8 combined. Schott went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a pair of runs scored in game one, while James was 2-for-4 with two RBI.
Day led NSU with a 5-for-7 doubleheader, scoring four runs and bringing in three more. Ore had six hits and eight at bats, scoring four times and bring home four.
UMES will rematch against Norfolk State on Sunday at noon at Miller Field.
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