UMES DROPS PAIR TO NCAT, BOTH IN EXTRA INNINGS, 12-7, 6-2
April 13, 2008
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - After starting the game the previous day and halting it for rain, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) continued their games against North Carolina A&T State University (NCAT) on Saturday, April 13. While both games proved to be entertaining and a display of two fairly evenly matched squads, UMES fell on each end of the double header, both in extra innings. The Aggies topped the Hawks in game one 12-7 in ten innings and 6-2 in game two in nine innings of a scheduled seven innings contest.
In game one UMES found themselves down 5-1 at the rain break. The Aggies jumped on starter Ken Richardson for five runs, three earned in just an inning and two thirds. After starting and being stopped the Hawks went to reliever Elliott Arrington when the game continued and he threw a gem. In seven and one third innings, Arrington allowed just seven hits and two runs.
He would give way to Jervonta' Wright in the tenth inning and without recording an out, Wright allowed the go ahead run and took the loss. Carl Huber replaced him, allowing the final four runs, three earned, to account for the difference.
Marquis Frink entered the game in the ninth. He gave up a single to Russell Deutschmann but settled down after a sacrifice bunt to get a strike out and ground out and send the game to the tenth. He would earn the win, the first for the Aggies on the road this season.
NCAT scored five in the tenth, dashing hopes of the Hawks. N.C. A&T took advantage of avoiding a game-winning hit by putting the game away with a five-run 10th. Walks to Joe McIntyre and Jeremy Jones set-up Beatty's three-run homer that gave the Aggies a 10-7 lead. The Hawks' problems continued as Jerel Wilson reached on an error and Nick Mayo reached on a single that moved Wilson to third. After Mayo was caught stealing, the Hawks gave up another walk, which allowed Phillip Brewington to reach. Brewington moved into scoring position on a wild pitch, and Howard capped off his career day with a single to right that scored Wilson and Brewington for a five-run lead. Frink sealed the win by striking out the side in the 10th to improve to 2-3 on the season.
UMES scored a single run in the first and second innings, two in the third, and three in the eighth to tie the game. Phillip Vaughn and Josh Dunham both went 3-5 on the day. Vaughn scored twice in the game and Dunham had a run and an RBI. Tyler Love had two RBI in the game while Jorge Pichardo, Ryan Coppi and Pat Hercinger each had one RBI.
In game two Mike Roberts threw another gem. He went four and a third innings, allowing just two runs, one earned. He walked one and allowed just five hits. Matt Witte would replace him and allow four runs in the ninth to take the loss.
With the game tied at two going into the ninth, Brewington led off the inning by tripling to left field. An infield single by Howard put runners on first and third for Jeremy Jones who double down the right field line to score Brewington and give the Aggies the lead. Beatty kept the rally going with a single right to score Howard for a 4-2 Aggies lead.
Rogers' sacrifice fly scored Jones and McIntyre capped off the four-run ninth with a RBI single to score Beatty.
Frink followed up a strong starting performance from starter Tim Johnson by shutting down the Hawks in the ninth. Johnson pitched 7.2 innings, gave up just four hits and struck out five to improve to 5-2 on the season.
Vaughn was on fire again, going 3-4 with a run. Pichardo would have the only other hit in the game for UMES but Love and Hercinger would both pick up an RBI.
UMES is back in action this week with single game at Mount Saint Mary's and Maryland.