HAWKS SPLIT DOUBLEHEADER WITH DELAWARE STATE FOR FIRST MEAC WIN
March 24, 2012
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. -- After losing the first game to Delaware State in the doubleheader opener, Jacob Foreman (Little Orleans, Md.) led the Hawks to a second game victory for the first conference win for UMES. The Hawks go to 2-21 overall and 1-5 in the MEAC, while Delaware State goes to 14-10-1 and 5-1 in conference play.
In game one, DSU used an RBI single and double from Cameron Cecil and Ryan Haas respectively off UMES starter Jesus Hernandez (Haverstraw, N.Y.) (0-3) for a two-run lead.
Hernandez pitched a scoreless second and third inning, but the Hornets scored two more in the fourth for a 4-0 lead.
The Hawks struck back in the bottom half of the fourth. Malik Wylie (Bronx, N.Y.) led off with a walk, followed by a Tre-Von Johnson (East New Market, Md.) single off Matt McClain (3-2) to put runners on the corners. Jeffrey Fleetwood (Delmar, Del.) hit a sacrifice fly to right to score Wylie. After Joshua James (Milford, Del.) sacrifice bunted Johnson to second, Shaquille Bagwell (Atlantic, Va.) reached on an error by the shortstop, allowing Johnson to score to complete a two-run inning for the Hawks, cutting the deficit to 4-2.
After the visitors scored a run in the fifth off a Joey Babuca single, the Hornets struck hard in the top of the sixth. Delaware State first seven batters all reached base via a single or walk. Eddie Sorondo, Tony Gatto and Babuca all had run-scoring singles as DSU combined for six runs in the inning, taking an 11-2 advantage.
In the top of the seventh, Gatto hit a two-run double to score Sorondo and Aaron Nardone, giving Delaware State a 13-2 lead.
UMES tried to rally to avoid the mercy rule. Stephen Bull (Millsboro, Del.) led off with a walk, with Byron Campbell (Waldorf, Md.) reaching first off a fielder's choice. James Newsome (Mechanicsville, Md.) singled followed by Brandon Schott (Warren, Pa.) singling and scoring Campbell to being the Hawks within 10, but they could not get another run and fell via the mercy rule 13-3 after seven innings.
McClain won the game with 4.2 innings thrown, allowing two runs. Tommy Dill finished the game for DSU with two-and-a-third, allowing a run that was unearned.
Hernandez got the loss, allowing eight runs, just six earned, in five innings. Michael Epps (Pottstown, Pa.) did not have a run charged against him in an inning pitched.
The Hawks took the lead first in the second game in the first frame. Bull walked, followed by Campbell reaching on an error by the third baseman Nick Arrue. As Campbell stole second, Bull scored on a throwing error by the catcher Cameron Cecil to give UMES its first run. Newsome reached on an infield single to second, and a subsequent error on the play allowed Campbell to score, giving UMES a 2-0 lead.
Delaware State got the bats going in the second, using two hits, three walks and a pair of hit batters to combine for four runs, taking a 4-2 lead after the inning.
In the third, Newsome rocketed a pitch to left field off DSU starter Matt McClain (2-3) for his first home run of the year, a solo shot with one out, to cut the deficit to one 4-3.
Next inning the Hawks took back the lead. Johnson led off with an infield single, advancing to second on a Fleetwood ground out and later off a wild pitch. With two outs, Bagwell reached on a fielding error by Arrue at third, allowing Johnson to score and Bagwell to go to third on a subsequent error by left fielder Nardone to tie the game. Next pitch, Bull singled through the hole on the left side to score Bagwell and give UMES a 5-4 lead.
From there, UMES starter Foreman (Little Orleans, Md.) (1-4) took control, allowing just one hit past the second inning and finishing the game for UMES, earning the 5-4 victory for the Hawks. Foreman pitched a complete game, allowing four runs, just three earned, with three hits allowed and four strikeouts. Other than the second inning, Foreman allowed just one hit and one walk, throwing four 1-2-3 innings in the game.
Adkins got the loss for DSU in game two, allowing five runs, with two earned, in four innings with four strikeouts. Elliott Gardner pitched two innings for the Hornets, not allowing a run and striking out two.
Newsome finished the day going 3-for-5 with a home run and a walk. Campbell and Johnson each got three hits and scored twice.
For DSU, Gatto combined to hit 4-for-7 with four RBI in the doubleheader, while Nardone scored four times in a 3-for-7 effort.
UMES will stay home for a mid-week game against Mount St. Mary's on Wednesday, March 28th at 3:00 p.m.