HAWKS EDGED OUT IN TWO CLOSE GAMES AT COPPIN STATE
April 6, 2013
GLEN BURNIE, Md. - The Hawks kept close in both doubleheader games against Coppin State on Saturday but was defeated in each contest, falling 7-3 in game one and 3-1 in the second matchup. UMES falls to 5-28 and 2-9 in conference play while Coppin State goes to 8-19 and 5-6 in the MEAC.
The first contest was a back-and-forth affair early on. After the Eagles struck first in the bottom of the second on a Colin Dower RBI single off UMES starter Chris Lopez (1-4), the Hawks tied the game in the next half-inning. Joshua James (Milford, Del.) doubled with one out against CSU starter Myles Taylor (2-4). Two batters later, James stole third and took home on a throwing error.
CSU regained the lead in the bottom of the third after David Hamlett doubled, stole third and scored two batters later on a David Godfrey RBI single. UMES tied it up again in the following half-inning off a Brandon Schott (Warren, Pa.) RBI single scored Tre-von Johnson (East New Market, Md.).
When the Eagles scored again in the bottom of the fourth with a Chris Kashangaki RBI double, UMES tied it up for a third time in the proceeding half-inning. With two outs, Stephen Bull (Millsboro, Del.) walked and Mike Escanilla (Waldorf, Md.) singled. Johnson followed with a single up the middle, allowing Bull to score and tying the score at 3-3.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Eagles used a Zach Brown RBI single and a Jack Kraft sacrifice fly to go ahead 5-3.
On the pitching end, Jesus Hernandez (Haverstraw, N.Y.) came in and pitched a scoreless sixth and seventh for the Hawks. But it was not enough, as Coppin State scored two more in the eighth and defeated UMES 7-3.
Taylor pitched six-and-two-thirds innings for Coppin State, picking up the win with three runs allowed. Will Grebenstein pitched the remaining 2.1 innings without allowing a hit or a run to get his first save of the year. The loss went to Lopez, who had five runs, just four earned, charged in five innings.
In game two, the Eagles scored an unearned run in the bottom of the first. Kashangaki walked, stole second and took third on a throwing error. Hamlett singled on a ground ball up the middle against UMES starter Will Turley (1-2), scoring Kashangaki for a 1-0 home team advantage.
With two outs in the top of the third against CSU starter Shane Davies (2-4), Johnson grounded a single to center. Byron Campbell (Waldorf, Md.) earned a double to put runners on second and third. Next batter, Schott singled on a ground ball to right to score Johnson. On the same play, Campbell was thrown out at home, so the score was tied 1-1.
In the following half-inning, Kashangaki singled with one out and took second on a pickoff error. He took third on a Dalton Cozart single and scored on a Hamlett sacrifice fly, giving the Eagles a 2-1 lead.
Davies and Turley each pitched well through five-and-a-half as the score stayed at 2-1 CSU.
Brown walked with one out in the bottom of the sixth, taking second on a Godfrey sacrifice bunt. Zach Kraft doubled on a fly ball to right-center, bringing in Brown for a CSU insurance run.
UMES was not able to put a runner on base in the seventh and fell to Coppin State 3-1 in the second game.
Both starting pitchers in game two threw a complete game. Davies earned the win, going seven innings with a run and two strikeouts. Turley got his first complete game of his UMES career, going six frames with three runs, just two earned, and a pair of strikeouts.
Johnson combined to hit 4-for-7 in the doubleheader, scoring two runs and bringing home another. Going 2-for-6 in the doubleheader, Campbell has now reached base in his last 30 games.
For the Eagles, Hamlett drove in three runs and scored three more, hitting 5-for-7 with a double. Kashangaki was 3-for-6 with three runs, a pair of walks and two stolen bases.
UMES will look to win the endcap game tomorrow at noon at Joe Cannon Stadium.