FLEETWOOD HOME RUN NOT ENOUGH AS UMES FALLS TO THE TRIBE
April 3, 2012
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - Despite a two-run home run by Jeffrey Fleetwood in the seventh, UMES was defeated by William & Mary 18-3 on Tuesday night. The Hawks fall to 5-23 on the year while the Tribe goes to 20-11.
The Tribe scored in the bottom of the first inning, scoring Kevin Nutter on a Stephen Arcure sacrifice fly to center for a 1-0 lead.
The home team added a score in the next inning off a Ryan Lindemuth solo home run to left-center off UMES starter Alex Welch (Baltimore, Md.) (0-2) to go up 2-0.
UMES struck back in the next half inning. Aaron Burton (Roanoke, Va.) led off with a double to the left-center gap. Three batters later, Stephen Bull (Millsboro, Del.) struck out swinging, but reached base on a dropped third strike to put runners on the corners. Byron Campbell (Waldorf, Md.) followed with a ground ball single through the hole on right side to increase his hitting streak to seven games and score Burton to cut the deficit to one.
William & Mary brought home two in the bottom of the fourth off a triple by Lindemuth, who scored on the same play off a throwing error, to give the home team a 5-1 advantage.
In the bottom of the fifth, UMES nearly got out of a big jam. With the bases loaded and nobody out, Zachary Saca (Elk Grove, Calif.) came in from the bullpen. He induced a pop-up to Arcure and struck out Michael Katz on three pitches. But on a 2-2 count, Tadd Bower hit a triple to left-center to clear the bases, followed by an RBI ground ball single to left by Lindemuth, to score four total runs in the inning for a 9-1 Tribe lead. The Tribe added two more in the sixth to go up by ten.
Malik Wylie (Bronx, N.Y.) singled to third against William & Mary starter Jason Inghram (2-2) to begin the top of the seventh for his second hit of the day. Next at bat, Fleetwood (Delmar, Del.) drilled a ball to deep left-center for a two-run home run and second homer of the season, to bring UMES within eight 11-3.
It was not enough as the Tribe added two in the seventh and five more in the eighth for an eventual final score of 18-3 William & Mary.
Welch held the Tribe to just one hit in the first two innings but got the loss after going four innings with eight runs charged, seven earned, in the start. Inghram got the win for the Tribe, striking out 11 in a seven-inning start, allowing three runs.
Fleetwood increased his hitting streak to six games, finishing 1-for-4 with two RBI off the home run. Wylie finished with two hits in four at bats, while Campbell increased his on-base streak to 21 games with his RBI single in the third.
Lindemuth finished 5-for-5 with five RBI and four runs scored, a double short of the cycle. Sean Aiken got three hits in four at bats with two RBI and runs scored, while Bower got four RBI on the day.
UMES will face Coppin State on Friday at Hawks Stadium on Friday at 3 p.m., looking for its fifth conference victory in a row.