JOHNSON HOMERS IN SECOND STRAIGHT GAME, BUT UMES FALLS TO DSU 9-4
March 29, 2013
DOVER, Del. - The Hawks struck early against Delaware State, but the Hornets scored seven runs in the third and fourth innings combined as DSU took the win 9-4 on Friday. UMES falls to 5-22 and 2-5 in the MEAC while Delaware State improves to 16-7 this season and 7-0 in conference competition.
After Stephen Bull (Millsboro, Del.) led off the first with a single, two batters later Tre-von Johnson (East New Market, Md.) lifted a Jordan Elliott (4-0) pitch over the left-center field fence to give UMES an early 2-0 advantage.
On the hill for UMES, Chris Lopez (Vineland, N.J.) (1-3) started well, getting out of an early jam in the first and retiring the side in order in the second to keep the score at 2-0 Hawks.
In the bottom of the third, Delaware State got the bases loaded with nobody out, including a reach on error by a batter. Lopez induced a ground ball to Aaron Nardone to first as Jeffrey Fleetwood (Delmar, Del.) threw out a runner at the plate. The Hornets followed with consecutive singles by Ryan Haas and Mike Alexander for three runs. After a pop out, two more singles by Hassan Evans and Nick Arrue brought in two more runs to make it 5-2 Delaware State. All runs against Lopez were unearned.
The Hornets scored two more in the next inning on a Nardone sacrifice fly and Haas RBI double to push the home team up five.
As the Hawks tried to come back, Bernard Parker (Waldorf, Md.) held down the Hornets in the fifth in four batters without a run.
UMES got a run back in the top of the sixth. After Byron Campbell (Waldorf, Md.) walked and took second on a ground out, Brandon Schott (Warren, Pa.) lined a single to right-center for a single, scoring Campbell and bringing UMES within four 7-3.
Into the next inning, Mike Escanilla (Waldorf, Md.) singled with one out. Johnson followed up with a double off the top of the left-center wall to put runners on second and third. Campbell grounded out to short, bringing in Escanilla to the plate and making the score 7-4 Delaware State.
After Parker got through a jam in the bottom of the seventh, the Hornets pieced together three consecutive hits for two runs in the eighth. James Smith (Florence, S.C.) entered the game on the mound and finished the inning with no further hits or runs as Delaware State led 9-4 going into the ninth.
UMES tried to come back, loading the bases with one out. But DSU reliever George Michael induced a ground out and a pop out to finish the inning as Delaware State took the win 9-4.
Elliott picked up the victory after throwing seven innings, allowing four runs and striking out four. Though all five runs against him were unearned, Lopez got the loss, going 2.2 innings in the start. Michael got his second save of the year, going the final two innings for the Hornets.
Johnson finished the day with a double, a home run and two RBI in the 2-for-5 day. Escanilla also went 2-for-5, scoring a run. With a walk in the sixth, Campbell has now reached base in 24 consecutive games.
For the home team, Alexander reached base four times with two hits and two walks in three at bats, scoring twice and bringing in a pair of runs. From the cleanup spot, Haas was 2-for-4 with a run and two RBI.
UMES will return to Soldier Field on Saturday for a doubleheader at noon against Delaware State.