UMES DROPS DOUBLE-HEADER TO BETHUNE-COOKMAN
April 16, 2005
PRINCESS ANNE, MD - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (6-33, 1-16) dropped both games of a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference double-header to Bethune-Cookman College (17-23, 9-4) on Saturday afternoon. The Fighting Hawks fell 8-0 in game one and then battled but lost game two, 10-4.
In the first inning of game one, UMES starter Brad Powell cruised as he retired the side in order on only ten pitches. The Fighting Hawks then wasted a chance to take an early lead as Anthony Jackson doubled to left and then moved to third on Morgan Schirmer's sacrifice bunt. However, Jackson was left stranded on BCC's starter Raphael Kyles struck-out the next two batters.
The Wildcats put together a string of three straight hits to take an early 1-0 lead in the top half of the second, but left three runners stranded in the inning. In the third, BCC tacked on another run, this time a two-base error, a stolen base and a sacrifice fly plated the unearned-run without a hit.
Powell, who had four strikeouts in starts against Long Island University and N.C. A&T, recorded a career-high six strikeouts in five innings. He allowed four runs (two unearned) on six hits and two UMES errors.
Trailing 4-0 in the sixth, Daniel Sterling replaced Powell and retired five of the first six he faced. However, with two outs in the seventh a infield single was followed by a two-run homerun to left by Ryan Ghianda.
In the eighth, a questionable reversal of an umpires call, a failed runner-down on a pick-off and a hit-by-pitch knocked Sterling from the game as he left the bases loaded with no outs for Rob Benak. Benak was able to get the first batter he faced to ground into a 5-2-3 double-play and then got a flyball out to center to leave the Wildcats scoreless in the inning.
Kyles finished his afternoon pitching seven shutout innings allowing only five hits, while striking out five for his sixth win of the season.
With the game already in hand, the Wildcats added two more runs on four singles and an error in the ninth to seal the 8-0 shutout victory.
In game two, a strange first inning gave the Wildcats an early 5-0 lead as they scored the runs on only three hits. Of course combined with three big errors and two walks by the Fighting Hawks, three of the runs crossed the plate unearned.
UMES answered back with two in the bottom of the inning as Justin Hoban ripped an RBI-triple down the right field line, and then avoided the tag at home on a slow roller to the pitcher off the bat of Brandon McCabe.
After the Wildcats score the first five runs, Ken Richardson was able to settle in and retire 9 of the next 12 batters including two double-plays. However, in the fifth the first two hitters reached base and scored to push the lead out to three runs for BCC.
Headed into the sixth, the Fighting Hawks were out-hitting the Wildcats by three (10-7), but still trailed by three, 7-4. However, BCC padded the lead with a two-run double by Nabil Sagbini.
UMES threatened in the sixth as the first two hitters singled, but were left stranded. Bethune-Cookman then cruised to the 10-4 victory with a run in seventh and the double-header sweep.
UMES and BCC will conclude the three-game series on Sunday afternoon as the Fighting Hawks present Senior Day as the maroon and gray close out their regular season home schedule. The senior day presentation will begin at approximately 11:45 a.m., with the first pitch scheduled for 12:00 p.m.