HAWKS EARN 15 HITS IN 8-6 GAME TWO WIN TO SPLIT TWINBILL
April 13, 2013
NORFOLK, Va. - After being shut out 5-0 in game one, the UMES bats came alive in the second contest for an 8-6 victory to split the Saturday doubleheader with Norfolk State and snap a 14-game losing streak. UMES goes to 6-31 overall and 3-11 in the MEAC, while Norfolk State now stands at 12-20 this season and 7-7 in-conference.
Chris Lopez (Vineland, N.J.) (1-4) retired the first two batters in the bottom of the first, but NSU got a walk and a single to put two runners on. Kyle Vaas flew a double into the right-center gap to make it 2-0 home team.
In the bottom of the third, the Spartans got second and third with no outs. Vaas hit a sacrifice fly to right, bringing in Zach Markel. After a Ryan Montgomery walk, Tyon Ore hit a single to right-center to bring in Cameron Day. Next batter, Killian Strenn doubles on a ball down the left field line, allowing Montgomery to score and making it 5-0 Norfolk State.
The Hawks were not able to get runs against NSU starter Chris Horne (3-2), who went the full game allowing just two hits.
James Smith (Florence, S.C.) came in relief in the third and had his strongest relief outing of the season, going the next 5.2 innings with no runs, just two hits and a pair of strikeouts.
With just two hits, UMES fell in the first game 5-0. Horne went the complete game with seven strikeouts to earn the win. The loss went to Lopez, who had five runs charged in 2.1 innings.
In game two, UMES got its first runs of the day. With one out, Mike Escanilla (Waldorf, Md.) and Tre-von Johnson (East New Market, Md.) singled, with the latter taking second on a throw, to put second and third. Two batters later, Brandon Schott (Warren, Pa.) reached on a fielding error by the second baseman, allowing Escanilla to score. Jeffrey Fleetwood (Delmar, Del.) took first on a dropped third strike. Johnson scored on that wild pitch to give UMES a 2-0 lead.
Next inning, Thomas Gray (Delmar, Del.) led off the inning with a single and took second on a sacrifice bunt against NSU starter Richie Salter. With two away, Escanilla singled on a ground ball up the middle, scoring Gray for a 3-0 UMES advantage.
The Spartans responded in the bottom of the second against UMES starter Will Turley (Greensboro, Md.). With one out and a man on first, Norfolk State pieced together four consecutive singles to bring in two runs. Justin Lee capped the scoring with a sacrifice fly to right to tie the game at three.
In the top of the fourth, back-to-back singles by Dustin Aigner (Melfa, Va.) and Stephen Bull (Millsboro, Del.), followed by an Escanilla sacrifice bunt, put two runners in scoring position. Johnson hit a sacrifice fly to center to give UMES back the lead. After Byron Campbell (Waldorf, Md.) got hit by a pitch to reached base for the 34th-consecutive game, Schott lined a single to right to bring in Bull and push UMES up 5-3.
In the following half-inning, Mikey Bruno and Lee singled with two outs. Strenn flew a double to the right-center gap, bringing in Bruno and Lee and tying the game at five.
UMES regained the lead in the top of the sixth. Escanilla hit a fly ball triple to open the frame. Next batter, Johnson hit a fly ball double to right-center, scoring Escanilla to make the score 6-5 UMES.
In the bottom half of the sixth, Norfolk State got the bases loaded with one out. Devin Repine (Salisbury, Md.) induced a ground out to Strenn, but a run scored to tie the game. Repine struck out Markel to finish the inning with no further runs.
With two outs in the top of the seventh, Aigner lined a single to left. Following, Bull hit a fly ball over the right fielder's head for a triple, getting Aigner to score. Bull came in on the next batter as Escanilla hit an infield single to second to give UMES an 8-6 lead.
Though NSU got two hits in the bottom of the seventh, Repine held on for the victory as the Hawks won 8-6 to snap a 14-game losing streak.
Neither starter decisioned in the second game. Turley went 3.2 innings with five runs for UMES while Salter was charged five runs in four frames.
Repine earned his first victory of the season, pitching the final two innings without a run. NSU reliever Troy Applin (1-2) got the loss, allowing two runs in two innings thrown.
Aigner was the only Hawk to hit safely in each game, combining to go 3-for-6 with two runs. With four hits in the final game, Escanilla went 4-for-8 with two runs, a stolen base and a pair of RBI. Campbell matched his personal-best record from last season, reaching base in both games to reach base in 34-consecutive contests.
For the Spartans, Cameron Day was 4-for-8 with two doubles and scoring three times. Strenn brought in four runs with a pair of doubles in a 3-for-7 day.
UMES will look to win the series in tomorrow's rubber match at noon at Marty L. Miller Baseball Field.