FIVE HAWKS MULTI-HIT, BUT UMES EDGED BY GEORGE WASHINGTON 9-6
April 24, 2012
ARLINGTON, Va. - Despite multi-hit days from five Hawks and the Maroon and Grey outhitting their opponent, UMES fell just short in the mid-week non-conference matchup against George Washington, falling 9-6 at Bancroft Park. UMES falls to 9-32 while GW goes to 16-25.
The Colonials struck early in the bottom of the first. Derek Brown led off with a triple off UMES starter Karim Gonzalez (Mexico City, Mexico) (1-5) to right, scoring on the next at bat after a Justin Albright sacrifice fly for a 1-0 GW lead.
UMES got the run back in the next half inning. With two outs and nobody out, Joshua James (Milford, Del.) singled to center against GW starting pitcher J.T. Wauford (4-3). Shaquille Bagwell (Atlantic, Va.) reached on a bunt single to put first and second. Next batter, Stephen Bull (Millsboro, Del.) reached on an error by the shortstop, allowing James to score to tie the game. Byron Campbell (Waldorf, Md.) hit an infield single to third to reach base for the 34th straight game, but UMES did not score another run in the inning.
GW retook the lead in the following half-frame. After Ryan Hickey singled and stole second, he scored on the next batter off a Jimmy Best single to right, putting the home team up 2-1.
The back and forth battle continued in the third. James Newsome (Mechanicsville, Md.) led off with a double followed by a Malik Wylie (Bronx, N.Y.) walk to put first and second. Three batters later, James hit safely for the second straight time, singling up the middle to score Newsome. Bagwell followed with an infield single, bringing home Wylie to give UMES the lead 3-2.
The Colonials responded in a big way in the bottom of the third. Albright reached on an error by the shortstop, scoring two batters later off a Stephen Oswald double to the right-center gap. After Owen Beightol singled to put runners on the corners, Gonzalez struck out Ryan Hickey for the second out. Unfortunately it was not enough Best hit a three-run home run, followed by a Grant Brown solo homer, giving the Colonials a 7-3 advantage.
UMES responded strongly in the top of the fourth, starting with an infield single by Campbell and subsequent advance to second on an error by the shortstop. Newsome doubled to right-center to bring in Campbell. Wylie singled two batters later to put runners on first and third. With Zach Townsend (Salisbury, Md.) up at the plate with two outs, a Wauford wild pitch allowed Newsome to score, giving the Hawks their second run of the inning and pulling them within three.
After GW got a run back with a Beightol RBI single in the bottom of the fourth, UMES returned the deficit to two in the fifth. After Bagwell reached after being hit by a pitch, he went to second on a wild pitch, to third on a Campbell single and finally to home plate on another wild pitch, pulling UMES within two at 8-6.
But that is as close as UMES got. Albright took over on the mound for the Colonials, and after Best hit an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth, GW held its lead through the rest of the game to win 9-6.
Gonzalez got the loss after pitching 2.2 innings, allowing seven runs, just two earned, with a pair of strikeouts. Alex Welch (Baltimore, Md.) had a strong relief outing, going four-and-a-third with just two runs allowed, and Bernard Parker (Waldorf, Md.) pitched a scoreless eighth.
Wauford had the win after throwing five innings in his start, allowing six runs, four of them earned, with a trio of strikeouts. Albright picked up his first save of the year after pitching the final four innings, not allowing a run.
Campbell, increasing his hitting streak to eight games on Tuesday, and Tre-Von Johnson (East New Market, Md.) each went 3-for-5 with a run scored, with the ladder adding an RBI. From the eight and nine spots of the order, James and Bagwell each got two hits, scored a run and brought home another.
Including his home run, Best drove in five runs on a 3-for-4 day, including a walk. Beightol was 2-for-5, including a run and RBI.
The Hawks finish up the road trip this weekend with a three-game set against Longwood, with the first game on Friday at 6 p.m. in Farmville, Virginia.