HAWKS WIN TWO TO SWEEP SEASON SERIES VS. COPPIN STATE
Joshua James had an extra base hit and at least an RBI in each game of the twinbill.
Joshua James had an extra base hit and at least an RBI in each game of the twinbill.

April 7, 2012

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - UMES proved themselves as the top MEAC baseball team in the state of Maryland on Saturday, completing a season sweep over Coppin State with a twinbill victory. The Hawks won game one 6-5 and the second contest 10-4 in seven innings to improve to 8-23 overall and 7-5 in-conference, while the Eagles fall to 0-29 and 0-8 in the MEAC.

The Hawks have won all six regular season games against Coppin State, sweeping the road series in Glen Burnie last weekend.

With Norfolk State falling in two games to Delaware State on Saturday, UMES is now in second place in the MEAC Northern Division.

The first three batters in the top of the first walked against UMES starter Jesus Hernandez (Haverstraw, N.Y.). Zach Spahn singled to second to score Mike Wright. Zach Hawk followed with a sacrifice fly to right, bringing in Jesse Savage for an early 2-0 lead for the visitors.

The Hawks got back those runs in the bottom of the first. Stephen Bull (Millsboro, Del.) walked and took second on a wild pitch. Byron Campbell (Waldorf, Md.) reached on an error by the shortstop to put runners on the corners. With James Newsome (Mechanicsville, Md.) batting, Coppin State starter Spahn (2-2) made a throwing error to first on a pickoff attempt to first, allowing Bull to score. On the same play, a throw to third got first the fielder, allowing Campbell to score and tie the game at two.

Hernandez buckled down and did not allow a run in the next three innings. He was replaced by Zachary Saca (Elk Grove, Calif.) (2-2) in the fifth, finishing with four innings thrown, striking out two in the no decision.

In the bottom of the fifth, Shaquille Bagwell (Atlantic, Va.) hit an infield single to lead off. Bull and Campbell walked to load the bases. Newsome grounded out to third to give UMES the lead as Bagwell scored. Next batter, Brandon Schott (Warren, Pa.) brought home Bull on a sacrifice fly to right. Following that, Tre-Von Johnson (East New Market, Md.) singled through the hole of the left side to bring in Campbell and give the Hawks a 5-2 lead.

Coppin State pulled to within one in the top of the seventh on a Savage RBI single plus Alex Brown scoring on a throwing error to make the score 5-4 UMES.

UMES got a big insurance run in the bottom of the eighth. With Jeffrey Fleetwood (Delmar, Del.) on third, Joshua James (Milford, Del.) threaded the needle in the right-center gap for a triple and scoring Fleetwood. The Hawks took a 6-4 lead into the ninth.

The Eagles threatened in the final inning, including Aaron Jones hitting an RBI single and Coppin State putting the possible tying run on second, but Karim Gonzalez (Mexico City, Mexico) closed out the game to give UMES a 6-5 win.

Saca got the win in game one, throwing two innings of scoreless relief with a strikeout. Bernard Parker (Waldorf, Md.) threw a scoreless eighth and Gonzalez earned the first save for UMES this season, allowing a run in the final inning and striking out one.

The loss went to Spahn, allowing five runs in five innings pitched with eight strikeouts.

UMES scored first in game two with a pair of runs in the second inning. After Johnson reached on an error and Fleetwood singled, James hit a two-out double to the right-center gap to score two and give UMES the lead 2-0.

Through the first four innings, Hawks starter Jacob Foreman (Little Orleans, Md.) (3-4) locked down the Eagles, not allowing a hit in that span.

The UMES bats exploded in the bottom of the fourth. The Hawks loaded the bases with one out. Bull grounded to the pitcher, but a catching error by the catcher made every safe, allowing Fleetwood to score. Next batter, Campbell reached on a fielding error by the catcher, earning an RBI with Aaron Burton (Roanoke, Va.) scoring. After Newsome was hit by a pitch to bring home another and keep the bases loaded, Schott hit a ground ball double down the left field line to clear the bases for three RBI, putting UMES up 8-0 after four.

Coppin State got back four runs in the next half-inning off two hits, three UMES fielding errors and a Brown sacrifice fly to cut its deficit in half, but that is as close as the Eagles got.

The Hawks sealed the game with two more runs in the sixth. With the bases full and no outs, Schott got hit by a pitch, pushing Bull to the plate. Next batter, Johnson flew out to center, allowing Campbell to tag and score for a 10-4 UMES lead, the eventual final score.

Foreman finished with a complete game, allowing just two hits with, four runs, just three earned, and striking out eight batters.

Ben Jarboe (0-9) got the loss for Coppin State, going 3.1 innings with eight unearned runs.

Fleetwood finished the day scoring three times, earning three hits in eight at bats and increased his hitting streak to eight games. Schott finished the day with five RBI, while James had three runs driven in on a 2-for-5 day, including a triple and double.

For the Eagles, Jones combined to go 5-for-8 with an RBI. Brown had an RBI in each game, while Savage reached base in all five plate appearances in the first game.

UMES will stay home and face Lehigh for a doubleheader at Hawks Stadium on Wednesday.