BULL CONTINUES HOT STREAK AT PLATE IN SATURDAY SPLIT WITH SPARTANS
April 12, 2014
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - Senior Stephen Bull (Millsboro, Del.) was 4-for-4 in Saturday's opener to move his consecutive hit streak to 10, but the run would end in game two, as the left fielder fell four hits shy of the Division I all-time consecutive hits record in Saturday's split with Norfolk State. UMES defeated NSU, 6-5, in the opener, before falling in the nightcap, 4-2.
Tied at 5-5 in the bottom of the ninth of game one, the Hawks had their first two base runners reach safely, before being moved over on a sacrifice. Freshman Justin Dattilo (Pittsburgh, Pa.) delivered in the clutch the following hitter, as the catcher singled through the right side to score senior Byron Campbell (Waldorf, Md.) to give UMES its third straight win.
UMES (8-18, 4-7 MEAC) and Norfolk State (11-19, 7-6 MEAC) were scoreless through two to begin the opener, before UMES broke out with two in the third. With two away, Bull singled and Campbell walked. Junior Greg Turlik (Gaithersburg, Md.) tripled down the right field line to score the pair.
Norfolk State answered with a single run in the fourth and three in the fifth to take a 4-2 lead.
Bull started another two-out rally with a single to center and scored the following hitter when Campbell ripped a double to left center to bring the game to within one. NSU upped its tally once more with a solo tally in the sixth after Cameron Day singled home Zach Markel with two outs.
Following a scoreless inning, UMES tied the game up with two runs in the bottom of the seventh. The first three Hawks reached base in the frame and Campbell sent home junior Joshua James (Milford, Del.) on a fielders choice the next at-bat. Turlik was then intentionally walked and Dattilo walked to score Bull, who had previously walked as well.
NSU's Cooper Jones proceeded to fan UMES' next hitter and Josh Valles came into the game to force a groundout off of the bat of sophomore Connor Breslin (Saylorsburg, Pa.).
Sophomore Jordan Bone (Pittston, Pa.) got out of a jam in the top of the ninth, before Dattilo's clutch single provided UMES its fourth of the week. Bone (2-0) claimed his second win of the game in relief of freshman Jesse Stinnett (Madison Heights, Va.), who struck out five and allowed eight hits in eight innings.
The second game began as a pitcher's duel, where sophomore J.P. Black (Elkton, Md.) and NSU's Matt Outman were outstanding right from the get-go. The duo combined to allow just three hits through the first three innings as the game was scoreless into the fourth.
It was UMES that drew first blood in the match as a bases loaded walk by senior Jeffrey Fleetwood (Delmar, Del.) sent home Bull. Bull reached two batters prior on a fielder's choice, ending a 10-for-10 streak that saw him four off the all-time record in Division I baseball history.
NSU rallied with a trio of runs in the fifth, before the Hawks made it a one-run game in the bottom half. Sophomore Mike Escanilla (Waldorf, Md.) grounded out to score James to mark the tally.
The push was as close as UMES would get the rest of the way as NSU's Matt Outman was too tough down the stretch. The Hawks made noise in the seventh and loaded the bases with one out, but a liner off the bat of Turlik was snagged by NSU's Kyle Streen, who threw the ball to second to double off the Hawks and end the game.
Outman concluded the day by conceding five hits in the complete-game, seven inning effort. He did not allow an earned run and fanned six.
UMES was paced on the day by Bull, who combined to go 6-for-9. His 4-for-4 performance was followed by Campbell, Turlik and Dattilo, all of which had two RBI in game one. UMES had just one error all day, while NSU made six combined. Stinnett had the no decision in game one, while Black was saddled with the loss in the nightcap. Senior Bernard Parker (Waldorf, Md.) and Bone each threw well out of the bullpen.
NSU was guided by Cardwell's 1-for-3 performance in the nightcap with one homerun and two RBI. He was one of six Spartans to hit safely in the second game. Andre Moore had two triples in the opener and Justin Lee hit safely twice. Josh Vales took the loss in the opener to fall to 1-4 and Outman (4-1) picked up his fourth win.
UMES looks to close the series with a win tomorrow, when the Hawks faceoff with the Spartans at Hawk Stadium at noon.
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