JOHNSON GETS NINE HIT-DAY AS UMES EARNS 35 HITS IN TWINBILL SPLIT
April 14, 2012
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - The Hawks bats were hot today as UMES combined for 21 runs on 35 hits, splitting the doubleheader with Norfolk State. UMES fell in game one 11-10 in 10 innings despite a three-run ninth inning comeback in force extra innings, and took game two 11-4 in seven to go to 8-6 in MEAC play and 9-26 overall, while Norfolk State goes to 6-7 in the conference and 10-20 this season.
Tre-Von Johnson (East New Market, Md.) led the Hawks with a nine-hit day, going a perfect 6-for-6 in game one and 3-for-4 in game two.
UMES loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the second in game two against NSU starter Ryan VanAssche. Stephen Bull (Millsboro, Del.) walked to push Johnson home. The next batter, Byron Campbell (Waldorf, Md.) reached on an error by the second baseman in the outfield, allowing Jeffrey Fleetwood (Delmar, Del.) and Shaquille Bagwell (Atlantic, Va.) to score for an early 3-0 Hawks lead.
Norfolk State took the lead in the top of the fourth against UMES starter Tyler Witte (Westminster, Md.), scoring four after four errors and a hit gave the Spartans a 4-3 lead.
The Spartans added two more runs in the next inning with a Chris Warren RBI triple and an RBI single by Mikey Bruno to take a 6-3 advantage.
UMES got a run back in the fifth off a Bagwell RBI fielder's choice, but NSU put two more across in the top of the sixth off a Shane Hoggard two-run double to go up 8-4.
In the bottom of the sixth against Richie Salter, Campbell led off with a triple, putting runners on the corners after Brandon Schott (Warren, Pa.) reached on a dropped third strike with one out. Johnson doubled down the right field line to score Campbell, followed by a two-run single to center by Fleetwood to pull UMES within one.
NSU got a pair of insurance runs in the eighth inning off a two-run double by Mike Bruno to pull the visitors up by three, 10-7, after seven-and-a-half.
In the bottom of the ninth, UMES looked to come back. Johnson led off with a single. Fleetwood drilled a pitch into left, earning a triple and bringing in Johnson. Next hitter, Malik Wylie (Bronx, N.Y.) singled through the hole on the right side to score Fleetwood and put the tying run on base. Joshua James (Milford, Del.) hit a bunt single towards the pitcher to put first and second. Bagwell attempted to sac bunt to third, but a fielding error by the third baseman made everyone safe and allowed Wylie to score, tying the game at 10 and forcing extra innings.
The comeback was short lived however as NSU scored off a Chase Kyriacou RBI walk in the top of the 10th off Karim Gonzalez (Mexico City, Mexico) (1-4). The Spartans held on to win 11-10 in 10 innings.
Witte did not get a decision, allowing six runs, just four earned, in five innings with three strikeouts. The loss went to Gonzalez, with the run charged in the 10th after one-and-a-third.
NSU's VanAssche also did not get a decision, allowing four runs, with one earned, in his five-inning start. Jordan Egan (2-3) got the victory with the final 1.2 innings thrown, striking out three.
In game two, UMES scored first again in the bottom of the second. With a man on and one out, Schott blasted a ball into the parking lot beyond left field, giving the Hawks a 2-0 lead on his first home run of the season.
The Hawks combined three extra base hits in the bottom of the fourth, using a James Newsome (Mechanicsville, Md.) triple, a Wylie double and a Schott two-bagger in succession for a pair of runs and take a 4-0 lead.
Next inning, UMES kept building its lead against Justin Bhatti (2-4), the NSU starter with the lowest ERA of the team going into the game. After a one-out single by Johnson, Fleetwood tripled again in the day, scoring Johnson. Newsome brought in his teammate from third on a ground out to short on the next play. With two outs, Wylie singled to left through the hole. Schott followed with his third straight extra base hit, a double down the left field line, to score Wylie and put UMES up 7-0.
On the other side, Jacob Foreman (Little Orleans, Md.) (4-4) held down Norfolk State on the pitching end, allowing just two hits in the first six innings and none from the third to sixth frames.
UMES sealed the game with four RBI hits in the bottom of the sixth, a Tim Gray (Dover, Del.) single, a Johnson double, a Newsome double and Wylie triple, to put the Hawks up 11-0.
Foreman completed the game, allowing just one earned run off four total in the seventh inning to earn the victory and give UMES an 11-4 win. He struck out six batters in the game.
Bhatti got the loss, allowing seven runs in the contest despite seven strikeouts. Reliever Ian Shiner pitched the final 1.1 innings, allowing four runs.
Along with his nine hits in ten at bats, going 6-for-6 and 3-for-4 in games one and two respectively, Johnson scored five runs and brought home two more. Fleetwood increased his hitting streak to 12 games, combining to go 5-for-9 with a pair of triples, four runs and four RBI. Schott and Wylie went 3-for-4 with three RBI and 3-for-3 with two RBI in game two respectively, while Newsome had two multi-hits games with a pair of hits each.
Ross Cardwell combined to go 4-for-9 with four runs scored for Norfolk State, while Kyriacou hit safely in each game with three hits combined and a trio of RBI.
UMES and Norfolk State will play the rubber match tomorrow at noon at Hawks Stadium.