HAWKS FALL JUST SHORT IN BATTLE WITH GEORGETOWN 17-15
Stephen Bull hit his first home run in his UMES career on Wednesday and reached base five times.
Stephen Bull hit his first home run in his UMES career on Wednesday and reached base five times.

March 20, 2013

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - UMES had a five-run rally in the ninth, nearly coming back to defeat Georgetown, but came up just short to the Hoyas and was defeated 17-15 on Wednesday. UMES falls to 4-17 while the Hoyas go to 14-6.

This game was UMES's highest offensive output of the season with 15 runs and 19 base hits in the game, including seven hits for extra bases.

Curtiss Pomeroy scored on a wild pitch off UMES starter J.P. Black (Elkton, Md.) in the first inning. Next inning, he brought home Nick Collins on a sacrifice fly. Teammate Trevor Matern followed with an RBI single to give the visitors a 3-0 lead.

In the bottom of the second, Brandon Schott (Warren, Pa.) began with a double off Georgetown starter Jordan Chudacoff. Two batters later, Malik Wylie (Bronx, N.Y.) reached on an error, then Joshua James (Milford, Del.) walk to load the bases. On the first pitch, Thomas Gray (Delmar, Del.) belted a double down the left field line to bring in two runs. Following that, Stephen Bull (Millsboro, Del.) cleared the right-center field wall for a three-run home run, his first in his UMES career and the first for the Hawks this season. UMES was not done: with two outs, Byron Campbell singled, increasing his bases reached streak to 19 games, and took second on a wild pitch. Jeffrey Fleetwood (Delmar, Del.) hit a RBI double down the right field line to score Campbell and complete a six-run inning, pushing UMES up 6-3.

After Black got out of a bases loaded jam in the third with no runs, the Hoyas scored three runs in the top of the fourth, started by a two-run single by Justin Leeson and completed by a Jesus Hernandez (Haverstraw, N.Y.) wild pitch to score Leeson, tying the game at six.

Both starters were removed by the bottom of the fourth and did not get a decision. Black went 3.1 innings with six runs, just four earned, with three strikeouts in his first-ever start as a Hawk. Chudacoff was replaced after three innings, being charged six runs, also four earned, with four strikeouts.

In the fifth, Georgetown rallied for four runs, including RBI hits from Pomeroy, Matern and Christian Vendetti, to retake the lead and go up 10-6.

UMES got a pair of runs back in the bottom of the fifth from a familiar bat. Schott again began an inning with a double and went to third on a Connor Breslin (Saylorsburg, Pa.) single. Breslin went to second two batters later on a ground out to put second and third with two outs. Gray lined a single to right to bring in both runners for another two-run hit, cutting the deficit in half. After Bull walked, Mike Escanilla (Waldorf, Md.) singled to left to score Gray and bring UMES within one 10-9.

The Hoyas countered with a Ryan Busch two-run home run in the sixth to rebuild the lead to three. Next inning against Sean Woods (Clinton, Md.) on the hill, Matern and Leeson each reached base. Venditti hit his fourth home run of the year to left field for a three-run blast. Later with two outs, Busch hit a two-run double two score Nick Collins and Paul Bello and make it 17-9 Georgetown.

The Hawks added one more in the seventh on a Schott sacrifice fly. Woods held down the Hoyas in the eighth and ninth to keep the score 17-10 Georgetown going into the bottom of the ninth.

With one out, UMES pieced together four consecutive hits, an Escanilla single, a Campbell RBI double, a Fleetwood single and a Schott double, getting two runs and putting runners on second and third. Georgetown closer Charles Steinman came in and struck out Breslin to put UMES on its final out. Down 1-2 in the count at one point, Wylie walked to load the bases. Joshua James (Milford, Del.) grounded an infield single to short, scoring Fleetwood and making it 17-13. Gray drew a bases loaded walk on a full count to score Schott and bring UMES within three. Bull hit a ground ball up the middle for a single to the shortstop and scoring Wylie, but James was thrown out at the plate trying to score, ending the comeback attempt for UMES. The Hawks despite five runs in the ninth came just short, falling 17-15.

Gino Basso (1-0), who pitch the fourth and fifth for Georgetown, got the win, going two innings with three runs charged. The loss went to Hernandez, who had six runs, five earned, in 2.2 innings.

For UMES, Schott concluded the game with three doubles and an RBI in a 4-for-5 game. Bull went 3-for-5 with four RBI including his first-ever UMES home run, adding two walks. Gray finished with five total RBI, going 2-for-5 with two runs and a walk.

From the clean-up spot, Venditti was 2-for-5 with a three-run home run, a walk and four RBI. Matern and Pomeroy each earned three hits and two RBI, with the former scoring three runs and the latter getting two.

UMES returns to conference play this weekend, hosting Norfolk State on Saturday for a noon doubleheader.