FLEETWOOD, BULL MULTI-HIT IN UMES DEFEAT TO NAVY 13-2
April 16, 2013
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - Despite multi-hit contests by Jeffrey Fleetwood and Stephen Bull, UMES fell to Navy 13-2 on Tuesday at Hawks Stadium. The Hawks fall to 6-33 while the Midshipmen improve to 20-19.
Navy struck early in the first as Brandon Bears doubled off UMES starter J.P. Black (Elkton, Md.) (0-4) and scored on a Robert Currie single next batter to make it 1-0.
The Hawks loaded the bases in the bottom of the first against Navy starter Stephen Gaiss (1-0), filling the bases with a Bull (Millsboro, Del.) single and two-out walks from Byron Campbell (Waldorf, Md.) and Fleetwood (Delmar, Del.), but a strikeout ended the inning without a run.
Black got through the second and third innings without a run across. But in the fourth with the bases loaded and one out, Craig Veech hit a home run to left for a grand slam to make it 5-0 Navy.
Black recovered and retired the next nine batters in order.
In the bottom of the sixth, UMES finally got on the board. Mike Escanilla (Waldorf, Md.) singled and stole second with two outs. Campbell lined a single up the middle to drive in Escanilla and put the score at 5-1.
The Midshipmen responded in the final three innings with eight runs, including five in the eighth off six hits, including three doubles, and a pair of walks.
UMES tried to get a late rally in the ninth. Fleetwood led off with a single to second base. Brandon Schott (Warren, Pa.) followed by driving a ball to deep left-center for a double, scoring Fleetwood. Joshua James (Milford, Del.) singled two batters later, but the Hawks did not get another base runner and fell to Navy 13-2.
Gaiss earned the victory, going six innings with one run and five strikeouts. The loss went to Black, who went 6.1 innings, his longest outing of his career, with seven runs charged.
Fleetwood reached base three times on Tuesday, going 2-for-3 with a walk and a run. Bull earned the first two hits of the game for the Hawks, finishing 2-for-4 in the contest.
For the Midshipmen, Veech had a home run and two doubles, going 3-for-5 with three runs and five RBI. Currie brought in three RBI in the game, finishing 2-for-4 with two stolen bases.
UMES will prepare for its Route 13 rival Delaware State, taking on the Hornets in a noon doubleheader on Saturday at Hawks Stadium.