HAWKS SCORE FIVE IN THE NINTH TO WALK-OFF AGAINST COPPIN STATE
April 6, 2012
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - UMES got the bats hot when it needed them, using a five-run ninth inning to come back against Coppin State and win 7-6 at Hawks Stadium. It is the first walk-off victory of the year for the UMES, which improved to 6-23 overall and 5-5 in conference play, while the Eagles fall to 0-27 and 0-6 in the MEAC.
This is the first win for UMES when the Hawks were down after eight innings. It is also the fifth straight conference win for the Maroon and Grey.
The game began with a pitcher's duel, with UMES's Tyler Witte (Westminster, Md.) and Coppin State's Madison Neddo keeping their respective opponents scoreless through the first three innings.
The Eagles struck first in the top of the fourth with two outs. With runners on the corners, Aaron Jones reached on an error by the shortstop, allowing Jordan Walls to score from third. Two batters later, Mike Wright hit an infield single to score Jordan Ellis and give Coppin State a 2-0 lead.
UMES tied the game that same inning, loading the bases off a James Newsome (Mechanicsville, Md.) double, Brandon Schott (Warren, Pa.) walk and Tre-Von Johnson (East New Market, Md.) infield single to third. Malik Wylie (Bronx, N.Y.) earned an RBI on a fielder's choice to short, reaching on a fielding error by the second baseman. Jeffrey Fleetwood (Delmar, Del.) followed with an RBI fielder's choice to score Schott and tie the game at two.
Coppin State retook the lead in the fifth with a two-run single by Jones, scoring Alex Brown and Zach Hawk, to go up 4-2.
The Eagles added a run in the seventh on a James Smith (Florence, S.C.) wild pitch and another in the eighth on a Brown sacrifice fly for a 6-2 advantage.
Karim Gonzalez (Mexico City, Mexico) (1-2) pitched a scoreless top of the ninth to keep the deficit at four.
Into the bottom of the ninth, Neddo stayed on the mound for the Eagles. With one out, Johnson reached on an error by the shortstop, followed by Wylie hitting an infield single. Fleetwood doubled into the left-center gap to score Johnson and Wylie and cut the deficit to two.
Coppin State brought in Michael Roberts (0-3) to pitch. After Fleetwood advanced to third on a passed ball, Aaron Burton (Roanoke, Va.) pinch hit and walked to put runners on the corners. Zach Townsend (Salisbury, Md.) came in to pinch hit, grounding out to first to score Fleetwood. Now there were two outs, but the tying run was on second. Stephen Bull (Millsboro, Del.) walked, and Byron Campbell (Waldorf, Md.) was hit by a pitch. With the bases loaded and two out in the bottom of the ninth, Newsome came up and singled to short, scoring Burton from the third, and on the subsequent throwing error by the shortstop, Bull scored to complete the five-run comeback victory for the Hawks. UMES walked off with a 7-6 win.
Witte pitched five innings in his start, allowing four runs, just two earned, and striking out five. Gonzalez got his first win of the year with his scoreless ninth inning, including a strikeout.
Neddo did not get a decision for the Eagles, giving up five runs, two of them earned, in 8.1 innings with four strikeouts. The loss went to Roberts, allowing two unearned runs in one-third of an inning in the ninth.
Newsome finished the day with three hits in five at bats for UMES, including a double, a run scored and the game-tying RBI. Fleetwood had a multi-RBI outing for the fourth time in five games, finishing with three runs brought home on a 1-for-4 day. Wylie went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.
Jones led Coppin State going 2-for-5, bringing in two runs. Wright and Walls went 2-for-4 with a run scored, with the former getting an RBI.
UMES and Coppin State will play in a doubleheader tomorrow at Hawks Stadium beginning at noon.