HAWKS POST DH SPLIT WITH ST. PETER'S 11-8, 4-12
March 26, 2008
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - The four game win streak was short-lived, but the Hawks are proud of it nonetheless. For a team that started the season slow, a recent sweep of Coppin State got the team rolling and the momentum carried over as the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) split a double header with St. Peter's College (SPC) today, sporting a brief four game win streak as the Hawks took game one 11-8 before falling in game two 12-4.
UMES (4-21) jumped all over the Peacocks' starter Jeff Bayse in game one, chasing him after just an inning and a third. He surrendered eight runs in his brief appearance, six were earned and he allowed five hits and a walk, facing just 13 batters. He would get the loss.
The Hawks opened the first inning with a single up the middle from lead-off man Phillip Vaughn. He was followed by a one out double from Pat Hercinger. That plated Vaughn and an error allowed Hercinger to go to third. After a Ryan Coppi walk the Hawks would try a double steal and it worked to perfection as they bought the bait of Coppi, who was safe and would up throwing it just out of reach for the catcher which allowed Hercinger to slide in and give UMES the 2-0 lead.
That was short lived as St. Peter's (9-9) plated two runs to tie the game in the second inning. A two-out double by John Lynch would plate two who had walked earlier in the inning.
The Hawks broke the game open in the second inning as they scored seven times on five hits and taking advantage of two Peacock miscues. Jorge Pichardo was hit by a pitch to start the inning. After a scary moment where he was struck in the back of his neck, Pichardo walked to first to claim his hard-earned pass. Ken Richardson would single to center to move Pichardo over and then load the bases on a Josh Dunham bunt that fell for a hit. Vaughn would pick up an RBI in his at bat. Despite reaching on an error, the ground-out would have plated the run either way, Vaughn's shot allowed two runs to score and he earned the single RBI. After a Remo Orsini ground out runners were on second and third. Hercinger would add two more RBI in his at bat, singling to center and plating Vaughn and Dunham.
With the pitcher rattled SPC would visit the mound to try and settle him down. No luck, he would hit Coppi and immediately be pulled for Matt McMahon. He didn't fare much better in the inning. Russell Deutschmann doubled to right center, plated Vaughn and Coppi and went to third on an error. With two out Pichardo, who started the inning, singled home Deutschmann on a shot to left.
UMES had the 9-2 lead.
The Peacocks got one run back in the third but UMES countered it in the fifth inning. Richardson hit a one out single to left and went to second on a Dunham ground out. With two outs Vaughn singled to center and plated Richardson to make it 10-3.
SPC added one run in the sixth and two in the seventh off of the starter Matt Witte who had a very good game. He would wind up earning his first collegiate win going seven innings, allowing just four earned runs, walking seven and striking out five.
He gave way to Brian White in the eighth who officially worked two thirds of an inning before loading the bases. Deutschmann moved from first base to the mound to finish our the inning and hold the Peacocks at bay.
SPC couldn't do the same for UMES who added a run in the eighth when Vaughn scored after reaching on an error. Hercinger picked up his fourth RBI of the game on a single that brought him home. UMES led 11-6
Deutschmann would give up two runs in the ninth to the Peacock offense but get out of the jam to earn his first collegiate save.
In game two the Hawks handed the ball to normal reliever Elliott Arrington who made his first collegiate start. He would get roughed up early, giving up eight runs in the first three innings, four in the second and third. He would eventually take the loss, falling to 1-2, surrendering 17 hits, 11 earned runs, two walks and getting three Ks. He worked into the seventh however, most importantly saving the Hawk pen for this weekend's conference series against rival Delaware State University (DSU).
After taking the 8-0 lead, UMES broke the shut out, getting a pair of runs in the third inning. Pichardo led-off with a single to get the inning going. Vaughn would then accomplish one of the most exciting things in the game of baseball, hit an inside the park homerun. The homerun, the first of his career, went deep into the right field corner and the diving fielder couldn't come up with it. He wasn't as fast as the speedy Vaughn either who rounded third and crossed the plate without a play, picking up tow RBI on the play.
The Hawk defense stepped up over the next few innings, especially at third where Hercinger made several stops that saved hits, including a leap that lined out Santo Maertz who had been hitting lasers all game, including a home run and deep double.
UMES added a run in the fifth and one on the seventh. Tyler Love, who was hit by a pitch crossed the plate on a Vaughn sacrifice fly to center in the fifth and Love returned the favor in the seventh when he singled through the right side plating Michael Guy who had walked to start the inning.
Unfortunately for the Hawks four was the lucky number as SPC added that many again in the seventh to make the final 12-4. Kevin Kallert got the win going six innings and allowing three runs and two walk. In game one he got it done with the bat going 3-4 with two runs and an RBI.
On the day St, Peter's and UMES had solid offense. SPC saw Dennis Alexander go a combined 3-10 with three runs and an RBI, Brandon Edwards to 2-7 with five runs and two RBI, Michael LaCava go 5-6 with a run and five RBI and Mike McGuire go 4-9 with two RBI.
UMES got big games from Hercinger who was 3-5 in game one with two runs and four RBI. Vaughn went a combined 3-7 with four runs and five RBI as well as the homerun. Richardson and Orsini were 2-4 in game one while Richardson added two runs. Pichardo was a combined 2-4 with two runs and an RBI.
UMES hopes to keep the offense going as they host DSU this weekend. They play two on Saturday and one Sunday in important Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) match-ups. Game time on Saturday is scheduled for noon.