WITTE ONE-HITTER, 24-RUN DAY HIGHLIGHTS UMES TWINBILL WIN OVER COPPIN STATE
March 31, 2012
GLEN BURNIE, Md. - With lockdown starting pitching from Tyler Witte and Jacob Foreman, plus 24 runs scored including eight multi-hit performances, UMES powered its way past Coppin State on Saturday for two wins at Joe Cannon Stadium. Winning game one 18-1 and game two 6-4, UMES went to 3-5 in the MEAC and 4-22 overall, while the Eagles fell to 0-4 in-conference and 0-24 on the season.
With the wins, UMES, which has won its last three conference games, moves into sole possession of third place in the MEAC Northern Division.
In game one, UMES got going early against Eagles starter Ben Jarboe (0-8). James Newsome (Mechanicsville, Md.) hit a one-out infield single to short to score Stephen Bull (Millsboro, Del.). Three batters later with the bases loaded and two out, Jeffrey Fleetwood (Delmar, Del.) singled, clearing the bases after an error by the right fielder and Fleetwood himself advancing the third. Next pitch, Joshua James (Milford, Del.) singled up the middle to score Fleetwood and cap a five-run first inning.
Next inning, the Hawks batted around again. Bull led off with a single. Byron Campbell (Waldorf, Md.) followed with a triple to push Bull across the plate. Two batters later, Brandon Schott (Warren, Pa.) brought home Newsome from second with a single. As Tre-von Johnson (East New Market, Md.) singled, an error by the center fielder allowed Schott to score, putting UMES up 8-0.
Four more runs were scored by the Hawks in the top of the fifth. UMES loaded the bases in the first three hitters, when Campbell singled to bring home James and Shaquille Bagwell (Atlantic, Va.). After Newsome got hit by a pitch, Schott and Johnson hit consecutive sacrifice flies, giving the Hawks a 12-0 advantage.
The Maroon and Grey bats did not cool down as they continued their strongest offensive output of the season in the sixth. With offensive contributions including hits and/or runs from reserves Brady Bassford (Olney, Md.), Tim Gray (Delmar, Del.), Aaron Burton (Roanoke, Va.), James Smith (Florence, S.C.) and Jordan McDougal (Oxon Hill, Md.), UMES combined for six runs in the inning, including five hits and two sacrifice flies, for an 18-0 advantage.
On the other end, Witte (Westminster, Md.) (1-5) held things on the mound, pitching a no-hitter through the first five innings. With one out and two on, Zach Spahn singled through the hole on the left side to score Jesse Savage to break up the no-hitter and shutout. But that is the only time Coppin State scored in the first game as Witte went all seven innings with just one hit allowed as UMES won via mercy rule 18-1.
For game two, Foreman (Little Orleans, Md.) (2-4) took the hill for UMES as the contest began as a pitcher's duel. The Eagles got a run in the bottom of the first off a Spahn RBI single for an early 1-0 lead.
In the third, patience paid off for the Hawks against Eagles starter Madison Neddo. After Campbell hit a one-out double, Newsome was hit by pitch and Schott walked. Johnson drew a walk to push Campbell home and tie the game at one.
Newsome went deep in the top of the fifth, clearing the left field fence to lead off for his second home run of the year, giving UMES its first lead in the game at 2-1.
Foreman got out of a bases loaded and one out situation in the bottom of the fifth with a pair of strikeouts, but Coppin State tied the game off a Savage RBI fielder's choice in the next inning for a 2-2 tie game. Foreman pitched six innings, allowing just two runs and striking out seven.
In the top of the seventh inning, Newsome and Schott got to the corners with one out against reliever Michael Roberts (0-2). Johnson reached on an error by the second baseman, scoring Newsome to give UMES back the lead. After Malik Wylie (Bronx, N.Y.) reached on an error to load the bases, Fleetwood singled for a pair of RBI, followed by Bagwell bringing in a run on a ground out. The Hawks led 6-2 after six-and-a-half innings.
The Eagles threatened in the bottom of the seventh, scoring two runs off Karim Gonzalez (Mexico City, Mexico). But Gonzalez struck out the final batter to give UMES the 6-4 victory.
In the doubleheader, Schott combined to go 5-for-7 with four runs scored and three RBI. Fleetwood drove in six runs and scored two more in a 3-for-8 day. Newsome reached base six times, going 3-for-5 with a home run and getting hit by pitches three times. Bull, Campbell, Johnson and James all had a multi-hit game in the first contest.
For the Eagles, Spahn finished with four hits in six at bats with two RBI. Savage went 1-for-4 in the second game with a walk, run and RBI.
UMES looks for a series sweep against Coppin State on Sunday with a noon game at Joe Cannon Stadium.