HAWKS LEAD AFTER FIVE BUT FALL TO COPPIN STATE 5-3
April 7, 2013
GLEN BURNIE, Md. - Though UMES led 2-1 after five innings, a four-run sixth by Coppin State was enough for the home team as the Hawks fell 5-3 at Joe Cannon Stadium. UMES falls to 2-10 in-conference and 5-29 overall while Coppin State improves to 6-6 in the MEAC and 9-19 this season.
With the win, Coppin State sweeps UMES in the three-game series this weekend.
UMES struck early in the top of the first. With one out, Mike Escanilla (Waldorf, Md.) and Tre-von Johnson (East New Market, Md.) earned back-to-back singles to put runners on the corners. On a strike three to Byron Campbell (Waldorf, Md.), Johnson stole second, and on a subsequent throwing error on the catcher, Escanilla scored from third for a 1-0 UMES lead.
Jordan Bone (Pittston, Pa.) (0-3) started for the Hawks, not allowing a run in the opening two innings. But in the third, Chris Kashangaki led off with a single, stole second and scored on a Colin Dower line drive single to right to tie the game.
The Hawks got the lead back in the following half-inning against CSU starter Anderson Burgess (1-2). With two outs, Jeffrey Fleetwood (Delmar, Del.) hit a double to the right-center wall. Next batter, Brandon Schott (Warren, Pa.) belted a double over the centerfielder's head to bring in Fleetwood and push UMES ahead 2-1.
UMES kept the advantage through the first five innings. In the bottom of the sixth, Alex Brown singled to lead off. Chris Godfrey took first on an error in a sacrifice bunt attempt, with Brown going to third. Jack Kraft singled to center to tie the game. After the runners advanced on a wild pitch, Jay Maletz lined a single to center, scoring two runs. Maletz later scored on a fielding error with Dower batting, giving Coppin State a 5-2 lead.
The Hawks attempted to come back in the later innings. In the eighth, Escanilla singled, stole second and took third on a fly out. After Campbell walked, Fleetwood grounded out to third, allowing Escanilla to score and bring UMES within two 5-3.
On the hill, Bernard Parker (Waldorf, Md.), who came into the game during the sixth, pitched a scoreless eighth to keep the deficit at two. But the Hawks did not get a base runner in the ninth and fell to Coppin State 5-3.
Burgess earned the victory, going seven innings with two runs and six strikeouts. Michael Burgess picked up his third save of the year, pitching the last two innings and surrendering one run.
The loss went to Bone, who had five runs, only three earned, given up in five-plus innings, including just one run in the first five innings and striking out three. Parker pitched three innings without a run allowed.
Escanilla reached base three times on Sunday, going 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored. Bull went 2-for-5 from the leadoff spot, while Campbell increased his reached base streak to 31 consecutive games with two walks.
Four Eagles multi-hit in the game including Maletz, who went 2-for-4 with a run and two RBI. Nathan Pitts hit 2-for-3 with a double and a walk.
UMES will play one game during the upcoming mid-week, taking on Towson at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday.