HAWK BASEBALL FALLS TO SHORE RIVAL DELAWARE STATE IN TWINBILL, 6-2 & 10-2
April 24, 2004
Princess Anne, MD - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) Hawks (3-41-1, 0-17 MEAC) dropped the first two games of a three game series to the Hornets of Delaware State University (DSU) today by scores of 10-2 & 6-2. Solid pitching performances from DSU's Sean Phillips and Nick Bitter, got the wins as both took no hitters through four and one third innings in their starts.
In game one the Hawks collected only six hits and scored their two runs in the bottom of the ninth, allowing six DSU runs on nine hits. Four UMES errors contributed to the loss as starter Dereck Casper went a complete game throwing over 150 pitches, allowing four earned run, four walks and five strike outs.
In that game Davis struck out 13, walked only four and allowed two earned runs on six hits. One hit came in the fifth, breaking up a potential no hitter as Peter Mayta singled up the middle. Two more came in the seventh on a Butch Mills double and an Anthony Jackson single. The final three hits came in the ninth inning. Bobby Shaw led-off with a walk but was cut down stealing. Rob Benak followed him with a walk and a James Walls single to right pushed him to third and the throw put Walls on second. After Anthony Jackson popped out to first Joel Maher stepped in. He hit a shot through the right side that was a tough play by first baseman Bret Underwood and drove in Benak and Walls.
In game one Kevin Hill went 2-4 with a run and an RBI while Gravely went 2-3 with one of each as well.
Game two saw the Hornet bats take advantage of a rocky start by starter Sean Davis and he left after just two and one third innings allowing seven hits and three earned runs. Bitter allowed one run, none earned in six innings with one walk and three Ks in the win.
In inning three the Hornets opened the game with four runs on five hits and never looked back. They added five more in the next inning getting four hits and taking advantage of three UMES errors. Del State would plate one more in the fifth inning, taking a 10-0 lead.
The Fighting Hawks are just that, fighting, and never gave up. Still swinging, the bats the added one run in each of the final innings to make it a 10-2 game. In the sixth inning Greg Cathell singled to left, scoring Mayta who had reached on an error earlier in the inning.
In the bottom of the seventh Mayta came through again, hitting a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded, scoring Walls.
The Hawks try to avoid the sweep with a 1:00 game tomorrow against the same Hornet squad. That will be the final game of the regular season for UMES as they look to make a statement in the MEAC Championships next week in Lake Buena Vista, FL at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex.