UMES OUTHITS TOWSON BUT COMEBACK FALLS SHORT IN 7-4 LOSS
April 9, 2013
TOWSON, Md. - Down five runs after six, UMES put together a three-run seventh inning to come close to coming back against Towson but came up short, falling 7-4 at John B. Schuerholz Park. Despite its best-ever performance against Towson, UMES falls to 5-30 overall while Towson goes to 16-16.
Stephen Bull (Millsboro, Del.) led off the game with a triple on a ground ball down the right field line against Towson starter Kyle Paul (1-2). Two batters later, Tre-von Johnson (East New Market, Md.) flew out to deep right for a sacrifice fly, scoring Bull for a 1-0 UMES lead. Next batter, Byron Campbell (Waldorf, Md.) doubled to extend his reached base streak to 32 consecutive games.
Towson responded in the bottom of the first against UMES starter J.P. Black (0-3). The Tigers got first and third with one out. Dominic Fratantuono hit a fly ball double over the centerfielder's head, bringing in two runs and taking third on a throw to the plate. Fratantuono scored next batter on a Brendan Butler ground out to second to push Towson up 3-1.
Next inning, Towson led off with a walk and a single for first and third. Pat Fitzgerald hit a sacrifice fly to left to bring in Richie Blosser and give the Tigers a three-run lead.
In the fourth, Hunter Bennett led off the inning for Towson with a single, going to second on a walk and third on a fielder's choice. Fitzgerald grounded out to second on a hit-and-run attempt, scoring Bennett to make it 5-1 Towson.
The Tigers added one more in the sixth, getting second and third on a walk and ground-rule double. Zachary Saca (Elk Grove, Calif.) induced a line out from Blosser, but Zach Fisher lined a single to right to bring in Cody Reeves for a 6-1 Towson advantage.
UMES got the bats going with two outs in the top of the seventh against Towson reliever Garrett Walther. Joshua James (Milford, Del) grounded a single to left and took second on a wild pitch. Dustin Aigner (Melfa, Va.) hit a single up the middle to score James. Following, Bull placed a ball down the right field line for a double, bringing Aigner all the way around first for a run. Then Mike Escanilla (Waldorf, Md.) singled up the middle, scoring Bull and bringing UMES within two 6-4 after a three-run inning.
The home team responded in the bottom half of the seventh. Fratantuono doubled and took third on the next at bat on an error. He scored on a James Smith (Florence, S.C.) wild pitch during the next batter. But Smith recovered, striking out the next three batters to finish the inning.
UMES tried to comeback in the final two innings, getting on a pair of runners in each of the final two innings, but was not able to produce a run in either frame, falling to Towson 7-4.
Towson's Paul earned his first win of the season, allowing one run in six innings. Teammate Greg Baruka pitched the final two innings without a score for his first save of 2013. The loss went to Black, who had five runs charged in five innings.
Bull finished a home run away from hitting the cycle, going 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored. Escanilla also was 3-for-5, concluding with a double and an RBI.
For the Tigers, Fratantuono went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, runs and RBI. Bennett got two hits in four at bats, scoring a run.
UMES will resume conference play this weekend, heading down to Virginia to face Norfolk State on Saturday for a doubleheader at 1 p.m.