HAWKS PLAY CLOSE BUT FALL IN TWO GAMES TO DELAWARE STATE
April 20, 2013
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - UMES played close to the MEAC Northern Division leader but was defeated in each part of the Saturday doubleheader, falling 7-3 in game one and 7-4 in the second contest. The Hawks are now 6-34 overall and 3-14 in the MEAC while the Hornets stand at 26-11 overall and 15-2 in conference play.
In game one, James Smith (Florence, S.C.) (0-4) earned his first start in a MEAC game. Delaware State struck early in the top of the second after Eddie Sorondo singled, stole second and scored on a RBI single by DJ Miller.
UMES countered in the next half-inning. Leading off, Brandon Schott (Warren, Pa.) was walked by DSU starter Jordan Elliott (6-1). Two batters later, Joshua James (Milford, Del.) crushed a ball over the left fielder's head for a double, bringing in Schott and tying the game.
Next inning, Tre-von Johnson (East New Market, Md.) hit a one-out single and took second on an error by the second baseman. Following, Byron Campbell (Waldorf, Md.) lined a triple down the right field line, allowing Johnson to score and giving UMES the lead 2-1 after three.
In the fifth, Delaware State sent seven batters to the plate and scored three runs, just one earned against Smith, to take a 4-2 advantage.
The visitors added one more in the seventh after Cameron Cecil walked, stole second and got home took batters later on a Mike Alexander single.
UMES tried a late comeback in the bottom of the eighth. The Hawks loaded the bases with a Mike Escanilla (Waldorf, Md.) double, Johnson hit-by-pitch and two batters later, a Jeffrey Fleetwood (Delmar, Del.) walk. After a fielder's choice got a second out, an Elliott wild pitch allowed Escanilla to score. Connor Breslin (Saylorsburg, Pa.) walked to load the bases again, but reliever Derek Marshallsea struck out the next batter to finish the inning.
In the top of the ninth, Ryan Haas walked with one out. After Jesus Hernandez (Haverstraw, N.Y.) got Alexander to line out, Aaron Nardone hit a triple to bring in Haas and scored on a Eddie Sorondo single to push Delaware State up 7-3.
The Hawks tried another late rally, loading the bases with one out in the bottom of the ninth. But UMES did not score another run and fell 7-3.
Elliott got the victory for DSU, going 7.2 innings with three runs and eight strikeouts. Marshallsea picked up his second save of the season, finishing the game without a run allowed. Despite allowing just two earned runs, Smith got the loss, going six innings with four strikeouts and four runs total.
Into game two, Delaware State got runners on the corners with one out in the first against UMES starter Will Turley (Greensboro, Md.) (1-3). Alexander hit into a fielder's choice, allowing Cameron Cecil to score and give DSU a 1-0 lead.
UMES struck back in the bottom of the first against DSU starter Matt McClain (6-2). After Stephen Bull (Millsboro, Del.) singled and went to second on an Escanilla sacrifice bunt, Johnson lined a single to center, which scored Bull. Johnson took third on the same play on a pair of errors by the center fielder. Campbell brought in Johnson on an infield single to short to give UMES the 2-1 advantage.
The Hornets reclaimed the lead in the top of the third with a pair of runs, capped by a Sorondo sacrifice fly.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Hawks tied the game up. Bull hit a one-out double to left. Two batters later, Johnson flew a single into left to bring in Bull and tie the score at 3-3.
With one-out in the next half-inning, DSU pieced together a Sorondo double, Hassan Evans RBI triple and DJ Miller RBI ground out to get a three-run lead.
Against UMES looked to rally in the late innings. In the bottom of the sixth, Campbell led off with a triple. The next pitch, Fleetwood hit a double over the right fielder to the wall, scoring Campbell and making the score 5-4.
That is the closest UMES got to DSU the rest of the game. The Hornets added a pair of two-out runs in the top of the seventh to seal the game 7-4.
McClain earned a win in game two, going six innings with four runs and six strikeouts. George Michael got his fourth save of the season after throwing a scoreless seventh. The loss went to Turley, who pitched six innings with five runs, only four runs.
Johnson earned multi-hit contests in both games, combining to go 4-for-8 with three runs and two RBI. Campbell hit two triples in the game, finishing 4-for-8 with two RBI and increasing his reached base streak to 38 consecutive games.
For the Hornets, Sorondo finished a combined 4-for-7 with three RBI and two runs. Cecil stole three bases and scored four times, going 2-for-5 with three free passes.
UMES will play Delaware State again on Sunday for a noon game at Hawks Stadium.