UMES DEFEATED IN TWO SATURDAY GAMES BY DELAWARE STATE
March 30, 2013
DOVER, Del. - Though Byron Campbell homered and has now reached base in 25-straight games, UMES fell twice to Delaware State on Saturday in seven innings 12-0 and 17-5. The Hawks fall to 5-24 overall and 2-7 in the MEAC while the Hornets improve to 18-7 this season and 9-0 in-conference.
With the wins, Delaware State sweeps the three-game set against UMES this weekend.
Will Turley (Greensboro, Md.) (1-1) got off to a great start in the opening game, going through the first two innings in seven combined batters without allow a hit.
In the bottom of the third, a two-run single by Ryan Haas and a two-run double by Mike Alexander aided a five-run inning for the Hornets, giving the home team a 5-0 advantage.
After Turley went through the fourth one-two-three, the Hornets added three more in the next inning off an Alexander RBI single and a Hassan Evans two-run double, pushing DSU up 8-0.
The Hawks threatened in the top of the sixth after Mike Escanilla (Waldorf, Md.) hit a double down the right field line with two outs, but DSU starter Elliott Gardner (2-0) got out of the inning with a strikeout.
DSU loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the sixth. Haas hit a three-run double into the left-center gap and was brought home next batter on an Alexander RBI single to right as the Hornets led 12-0.
UMES could not get a runner on the seventh as the Hawks fell via the mercy rule after six-and-a-half innings 12-0.
Gardner pitched a complete game for the Hornets, striking out five in the win. The loss went to Turley, who pitched 4.2 innings in his start and being charged eight runs, seven of them earned.
In game two, the Hawks broke their scoring drought in the first inning. Escanilla reached base with one out on a single to center. Two batters later, Byron Campbell (Waldorf, Md.) crushed a Matt McClain (4-0) pitch over the center field wall for a two-run home run, his first of the year, to put UMES in the lead 2-0.
Delaware State countered in the following half-inning. With second and third and one out against UMES starter Jordan Bone (Pittston, Pa.) (0-2), Haas grounded a single to center for two RBI, tying the game. Later, an Evans RBI single and DJ Miller sacrifice fly made the score 4-2 Delaware State.
The home team added two more in the next inning off an Aaron Nardone sacrifice fly and an Evans RBI single to go up 6-2.
With Stephen Bull (Millsboro, Del.) on third and two outs in the top of the third, the Hawks started to piece together some hits. Campbell grounded a single into left, bringing Bull homer. Next batter, Jeffrey Fleetwood (Delmar, Del.) grounded a ball inbetween the first baseman and first base for a triple, scoring Campbell. Connor Breslin (Saylorsburg, Pa.) followed with a line drive single to right-center, bringing in Fleetwood and getting the Hawks within one 6-5 after two-and-a-half.
UMES could not close the gap in the remainder of the game. The Hornets scored four more runs in the bottom of the fourth, including three RBI plate appearances, to go up 11-5.
In the bottom of the sixth, Delaware State sealed the game with six runs, capped by a two-run double by Evans, to lead 17-5.
The Hawks were not able to counter the deficit as UMES fell in seven to the Hornets 17-5.
In game two, McClain picked up the victory, going four innings with five runs charged and three strikeouts. The loss went to Bone, having nine runs, just six earned, in three innings. Jesus Hernandez (Haverstraw, N.Y.) pitched two innings of relief for UMES without an earned run allowed.
For the Hawks, Campbell went 3-for-5 in the doubleheader with a home run, a walk and three RBI. Escanilla hit safely in both games, going 3-for-7 with a double and a run.
Haas reached base seven times in eight plate appearances on Saturday, scoring five times and bringing in seven runs in a 4-for-5 day. JP Frey also scored five runs, going 6-for-8 with three RBI and two stolen bases.
UMES returns home on Wednesday to take on in-state rival UMBC for a 3 p.m. game at Hawks Stadium.