UMES EARNS FIRST SHUTOUT OF 2013 IN TWINBILL SPLIT TO COPPIN STATE
March 17, 2013
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - After shutting out in-state rival Coppin State 3-0 in game one, UMES nearly came back from down four in the final inning in game two but fell 7-6 in the second game. UMES goes to 4-15 and 1-2 in the MEAC while Coppin State takes the series and goes to 5-12 overall and 2-1 in-conference.
The shutout is UMES's first since 2012, when the Hawks shut out Norfolk State on the road on May 5th. It is the first nine-inning shutout that UMES pitched since 2006, when the Maroon and Gray defeated Delaware State 5-0 in the MEAC Tournament on May 20th.
UMES struck in the first inning to take the lead. The Hawks loaded the bases with a Stephen Bull (Millsboro, Del.) infield single, Mike Escanilla (Waldorf, Md.) reaching on an error and Byron Campbell (Waldorf, Md.) getting hit by a pitch. Next batter, Jeffrey Fleetwood (Delmar, Del.) grounded a single to right, bringing in two runs. Brandon Schott (Warren, Pa.) followed with a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Campbell and giving UMES a 3-0 lead.
On the hill, Will Turley (Greensboro, Md.) (1-0) stayed strong for UMES. Going through the first six innings, he always had two outs with nobody on, and did not allow a run.
Jesus Hernandez (Haverstraw, N.Y.) took over in the seventh for Turley and had a couple of one-two-three innings in the final three innings, finishing out the game for a win for UMES.
Turley got his first win as a Hawk with six innings thrown and striking out three. Hernandez got his first save of the season, getting five strikeouts in the final three innings. Coppin State starter Shane Davies got the loss despite throwing a complete game, going eight innings with three runs and four strikeouts.
Into game two, Coppin State scored a run in the first inning off an Alex Brown RBI double to go up 1-0 against UMES starter Jordan Bone (Pittston, Pa.).
UMES countered in the next half-inning. After Escanilla walked against Coppin State starter Anderson Burgess, he stole second with Fleetwood batting. Fleetwood powered a double over the left fielder's head, scoring Escanilla and tying the game at one.
Coppin State got the lead back in the top of the second with three extra base hits, combining a Jack Kraft double, Daniel McCrea triple and a Chris Kashangaki double for two runs to go up 3-1.
In the bottom of the third, Byron Campbell (Waldorf, Md.) doubled with one out and took third on a wild pitch. Fleetwood ground out to second, allowing Campbell to score and pulling UMES within one.
Next inning, Connor Breslin (Saylorsburg, Pa.) singled with one out and stole second. After a strikeout, Dustin Aigner (Melfa, Va.) got hit by a pitch and Bull walked to load the bases. Escanilla reached on a ground ball single to short, scoring Breslin and tying the game up at 3-3.
Bone recovered after the first two innings and pitched well through six frames, not allowing any runs past the second. He finished with a no decision, going six innings with three runs and striking out two.
Into the seventh, Coppin State rallied against UMES reliever Bernard Parker (Waldorf, Md.). Parker retired two of the first three batters, with the other reaching on an error. After Brown walked to put first and second and two out, Chris Godfrey singled up the middle, scoring John Walls to give the Eagles the lead. After Kratf walked, Zach Hawk also walked to push Brown across. Next batter, McCrea singled up the middle to score two runs and give the visitors a 7-3 lead going into the ninth.
With the rain pouring down at Hawks Stadium, UMES tried to rally back in the bottom of the seventh against Coppin State reliever Michael Roberts (1-1). With one out, Escanilla reached second on an error. Campbell singled to short, and on a subsequent throw, Escanilla scored to make it 7-4. Fleetwood then walked, was pinch run for by Tim Gray (Dover, Del.), then Malik Wylie (Bronx, N.Y.) walked to load the bases. Darryl Martinez entered the game to pitch for Coppin State. Joshua James (Milford, Del.) reached on a fielder's choice to short, scoring Campbell. Next play, Breslin singled to left, scoring Gray and pulling UMES within one. After pinch hitter Schott walked to load the bases and put the tying run on third, Martinez induced a ground out from Aigner to finish the game as the Hawks fell just short 7-6 to Coppin State.
In game two, neither starter got a decision. Burgess went 3.2 innings, allowing three runs with five strikeouts.
Roberts got the win after throwing 2.2 innings in relief with three strikeouts and being charged three runs. The loss went to Parker, who had four unearned runs in the seventh. Martinez got his first save of the year after finishing the final two-thirds of an inning.
Fleetwood brought in four runs on Sunday, going 3-for-6 with a double and a walk. Though Campbell's 13-game hitting streak was snapped, he scored three runs and went 2-for-5 in the doubleheader.
For the Eagles, Kashangaki finished going 3-for-6 with two walks, a double and a run. McCrea concluded with three RBI, going 3-for-4 with a walk and a triple.
UMES will play a pair of non-conference games during the mid-week coming up, taking on Monmouth at Hawks Stadium at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19th.