FRESHMAN STARTING PITCHERS BRILLIANT IN UMES SPLIT WITH SPARTANS
March 22, 2014
NORFOLK, Va. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore baseball team received two fantastic starting efforts from a pair of freshman pitchers on Saturday afternoon as the Hawks split two games with Norfolk State at Marty Miller Field. Freshman right-handed pitcher Jesse Stinnett (Madison Heights, Va.) hurled the best game of his young collegiate career in a 9-3 victory in the opener, before Philip Berry (Milford, Del.) allowed just one earned run in a 3-1 loss in the nightcap.
With the decisions, UMES stands at 4-13, 2-3 MEAC, while Norfolk State is now 5-16, 2-3 MEAC.
Stinnett (2-3) was magical in the opener as he fired a complete game and limited the Spartans to just three runs (two earned) with six strikeouts. The freshman did not walk anyone in the game and allowed just eight hits. His performance was the first complete game of his collegiate career and the first for a Hawk in 2014.
UMES had seven players register two-hits in the opener. Junior Greg Turlik (Gaithersburg, Md.) was 2-for-5 with two runs, one homer and two RBI, while freshman Justin Dattilo (Pittsburgh, Pa.) reached base safely four times and was 2-for-2 with two walks. The Hawks had 16 hits in the game, which was the third time in the past four games that the unit had double-digits hits.
The Hawks jumped out to an early lead when Dattilo singled home sophomore Mike Escanilla (Waldorf, Md.), who had earlier doubled. UMES made it 2-0 the next frame on a single by junior Joshua James (Milford, Del.) that scored freshman Brock Long (Middletown, Del.).
Stinnett opened the game by blanking the Spartans over the first four innings, but two consecutive one-run innings tied the game up in the sixth. After a scoreless seventh, UMES welcomed NSU reliever, Jeff Di Fulgo (0-2), with five runs in the eighth. The damage was done in the inning with a two-run homer to right by Turlik and a two RBI double by senior Stephen Bull (Millsboro, Del.).
It was all Stinnett the rest of the way as he retired 10 of the last 11 NSU hitters to give UMES the victory in game one.
Berry (1-3) nearly matched Stinnett's performance in the nightcap. He went the complete-game as well and allowed just one earned run with three strikeouts and five hits.
NSU benefitted from two Hawk errors to take a 2-0 after one inning. The teams engaged in a scoreless second, before senior Byron Campbell (Waldorf, Md.) singled home Escanilla with two outs in the third to bring the game to within one, 2-1. The Spartans scored one run in the fourth to make the game 3-1.
UMES saw James and Bull each single to open up the fifth, before NSU replaced starter Stephen Butt (1-1) with Devin Hemmerich. Hemmerich put the clamps on the Hawks by forcing three ground balls to get NSU out the jam. The push was the last for UMES in the game as the Hawks went down in order in the eighth and ninth.
The Hawks and Spartans will play the series' rubber match on Sunday at 12 p.m. UMES will send sophomore Will Turley (Greensboro, Md.) to the bump in hopes to even the Hawks' MEAC record on the year.
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