HAWKS PITCH WELL BUT FALL TO UMBC 3-1
April 3, 2013
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - In the first game between the two in 25 years, UMES and UMBC engaged in a pitching duel, but the Hawks came up short in the contest 3-1. UMES falls to 5-25 while UMBC improves to 8-11.
UMBC struck early in the top of the first, getting the bases loaded with nobody out. Pitcher J.P. Black (Elkton, Md.) (0-2) induced a ground out from Brandon Coluccio and a fly out from Manny Colon, but a run was brought in on both as the Retrievers got a 2-0 lead.
The Hawks got a run back in the bottom of the third against UMBC starter Riley Stephenson (1-4). Stephen Bull (Millsboro, Del.) led off with a single and took second on a ground out. Two batters later, Jeffrey Fleetwood (Delmar, Del.) lined a single off a diving first baseman, scoring Bull and cutting the deficit in half 2-1.
Black and Stephenson dueled as no further runs came across through the end of the fifth inning.
In the top of the sixth with two out, Anthony Gatto singled and took second on a wild pitch. Following, D.J. Smith blooped a single to right-center, scoring Gatto and making the score 3-1 UMBC.
The Hawks threatened in the bottom of the seventh, with Malik Wylie (Bronx, N.Y.), Joshua James (Milford, Del.) and Bull all singling to load the bases with one out. But reliever Kevin Ladner induced a ground ball double play to end the inning.
Stephenson earned his first win of the season, going six innings with one run allowed and five strikeouts. Teammate Mike Gomez got his fourth save of 2013, allowing a hit and no runs in the ninth.
Despite getting the loss, Black had his strong start of the year, going six innings with just three runs charged.
Bull went 3-for-4 from the leadoff spot for UMES, scoring the team's only run. Connor Breslin (Saylorsburg, Pa.) earned two hits in four at bats.
For UMBC, Kevin LaChance went 2-for-4 from the three-spot of the order. Also getting a multi-hit day was Gatto, who was 2-for-4 with a run.
UMES heads up to Delaware tomorrow to take on Wilmington for a 3 p.m. game.