DUKE OVERPOWERS UMES IN NON-CONFERENCE BOUT
March 18, 2014
DURHAM, N.C. – It was a frigid night at Jack Coombs Field on Tuesday and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore baseball team was unable to keep up its hot play, as the Hawks fell at Duke, 15-7. UMES has now lost 12 consecutive games against the Blue Devils. The Hawks posted 10 hits and have recorded double-digit hits four times in the past six games.
With the decision, UMES falls to 3-11 on the year, while Duke ups its record to 13-8.
UMES opened the scoring in the game as the Hawks took a 1-0 lead in the top half of the first. Senior Stephen Bull (Millsboro, Del.) singled to left, before moving over on a bunt single by sophomore Mike Escanilla (Waldorf, Md.) Duke starter Karl Blum would fan the next two hitters, but junior Greg Turlik (Gaithersburg, Md.) came up big for UMES with a single up the middle to score Bull.
Duke responded with two in the bottom half of the frame, but Turlik hosed Duke’s Jordan Betts on a perfectly executed throw home to end the Blue Devil rally. The game went silent in the second, before Duke upped its lead to 3-1 on an RBI double to right-center by Betts to score Chris Marconcini.
The Hawks inched closer with a single tally in the fourth as Duke chased UMES starter Will Turley (Greensboro, Md.) in the bottom half of the inning with six runs. The seven-run Blue Devil advantage was cut nearly in half by UMES in the fifth.
Escanilla walked to open the inning and scored on a one-out RBI by freshman Justin Dattilo (Pittsburgh, Pa.). Turlik doubled on a one hop to the left field fence the next hitter to score Dattilo, before scoring on an RBI groundout by senior Jeffrey Fleetwood (Delmar, Del.) to make the score 12-5.
The Blue Devils matched the Hawks with three of their own in the bottom half of the inning. The Hawks used a triple to left center by Escanilla to score Bull and bring the game to within six.
Duke proved to be too tough down the stretch as the Blue Devils won for the second time this year against a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opponent.
The Hawks had four players register two-hit performances in the game. Escanilla had a team-high three hits including the triple, while Turlik was 2-for-3 with two RBI. Senior Byron Campbell (Waldorf, Md.) went 0-for-5 in the game to end his hit-streak at 10 games. Turley (0-2) was credited with the loss after allowing seven hits and five earned runs in three innings. UMES ran out four pitchers in relief of Turley.
Duke was paced by Mark Lumpa, who was 4-for-4 with four runs and two RBI. Chris Marconcini was 3-for-5 with four RBI, including his sixth homer of the year to rightfield in the sixth. Dalton Brown came on in relief to pick up the win as he threw two innings and allowed three runs in relief of Blum.
UMES will return to action tomorrow, March 19, when the Hawks travel to Greensboro, N.C,, to square off with the Spartans of UNC Greensboro. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.
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