UMES DROPS 5-2 DECISION ON ROAD AT UMBC
April 2, 2014
BALTIMORE, MD. – For the first time in 10 days, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore baseball team made its way to the diamond, but the wait did not help, as the Hawks fell 5-2 to the University of Maryland Baltimore County on Wednesday night. The Hawks had their previous four games cancelled due to inclement weather that came across the entire Mid-Atlantic area.
With the decision, UMES goes to 4-15, while UMBC stands at 6-15.
UMES got on the board in the top of the second when junior outfielder Greg Turlik (Gaithersburg, Md.) doubled, before being driven home two batters later on a single through the left side by senior Jeffrey Fleetwood (Delmar, Del.). The Hawks’ one-run advantage did not last for long as UMBC evened it up with a single tally in the bottom half of the inning.
UMBC proceeded to take a 3-1 lead in the third, before upping that tally to three with one run in the fourth. The Retrievers looked to make more noise in the fourth, but junior Chipper Smith (Florence, S.C.) came out of the bullpen to retire two consecutive hitters and get UMES out of a bases loaded, one-out jam.
The Hawks brought the game to within two, 4-2, after senior Stephen Bull (Millsboro, Del.) doubled home Fleetwood. UMBC responded with one, before the game went scoreless the rest of the way.
Sophomore Mike Escanilla (Waldorf, Md.) looked to drive in the decisive runs in the bottom of the eighth, but a laser off of his bat was snagged by UMBC right fielder, Jake Barnes, to end the opportunity.
UMES was led in the game by Fleetwood, who went 2-for-3 with one run and one RBI. Five Hawks registered one hit and the Hawks threw three pitchers in the contest. Sophomore Will Turley (Greensboro, Md.) was saddled with the loss to go to 0-3 on the year. He went 3.1 innings with four hits and one earned run.
UMBC was paced by second baseman Vince Corbi, who was 1-for-3 with two runs. Corbi was one of six UMBC hitters to hit safely in the match. Shane Vlasic was (1-1) credited with the win after allowing five hits and one walk in six innings. He struck out six and allowed just two runs (one earned). Kevin Ladner posted the save with two scoreless innings.
UMES will return home to play its first home contests of the season when the Hawks host Coppin State for a three-game series. The teams open Saturday’s doubleheader with a 1 p.m. start, before finishing the day off with a second game thirty minutes after the conclusion of the first.
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