CAMPBELL HITS FIRST CAREER HOME RUN IN 17-2 LOSS TO HORNETS
April 21, 2012
DOVER, Del. - Byron Campbell's first career home run with UMES was not enough as the Hawks were defeated by the Hornets 17-2 in seven innings on Saturday to be swept in the series. UMES falls to 8-10 in the MEAC and 9-31 overall while DSU goes to 14-1 in-conference and 25-14-1 on the season.
The Hornets broke out quickly in the first against UMES starter Jesus Hernandez (0-5) after Cameron Cecil reached on an error in the first, allowing Troy Drummond to score from second. Next batter, Ryan Haas grounded out to first to score Scott Davis from third and give DSU a 2-0 lead.
Delaware State put two more on the board in the next inning. After getting the bases loaded with no out, Peter Brohel reached on a fielder's choice to score JP Frey. Three batters later, Cecil singled up the middle to bring in Aaron Nardone, giving the Hornets a 4-0 advantage.
Hernandez allowed four runs, with only one of them earned, and just two hits in his start, going 1.1 innings.
UMES countered in the top of the third in a big way against DSU starter Zach Adkins (5-1). With one out, Stephen Bull (Millsboro, Del.) singled on a bunt to the left of the pitcher's mound. Following that, Campbell (Waldorf, Md.) blasted a fastball over the left field fence for his first ever home run as a Hawk, bringing in two runs and cutting the deficit in half 4-2.
For the Hawks, that is as close as they got. In the next half-inning, Delaware State put three more runs across against Zachary Saca (Elk Grove, Calif.), capped by a two-run double by Drummond, to go up 7-2.
DSU forced the possible mercy rule end after the fifth inning, using a Drummond RBI double and three consecutive run-scoring plays with a Sorondo walk, Frey infield single and Nardone single en route to a seven-run frame, building a 14-2 lead.
UMES tried to come back, but the deficit was too big and lost via the mercy rule after three more runs were scored in the bottom of the sixth by the Hornets for an eventually final score of 17-2 Delaware State.
Adkins got the win for the Hornets, going the first three innings with two runs allowed. The loss went to Hernandez for UMES.
Campbell finished the day going 1-for-3 with his home run, including a walk. Bull went 3-for-4 from the leadoff spot, while Malik Wylie (Bronx, N.Y.) earned two hits in three at bats.
The Hornets were led by Drummond, who reached base all five times at the plate, finishing with a 4-for-4 day with three runs and RBI. Nardone went three-for-three with three runs, two RBI, a hit by pitch and a stolen base.
UMES will face George Washington for the first time this season on Tuesday for a 2:30 p.m. game in Arlington.