HAWKS SCORE THREE IN NINTH, TOP GW, 5-3
April 24, 2007
ARLINGTON, Va. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) used a three run ninth inning to upend the Colonials of George Washington University (GW) by a score of 5-3 and earn their first road win of the year. The Hawks sent nine batters to the plate in the final inning to take the lead and give freshman pitcher Tyler Winch his first collegiate win at GW's Barcroft Park.
UMES (9-33) snapped the Colonial's three-game win streak. It was just GW's second loss in their last eight games. For the Hawks, it means two in a row heading into their final MEAC series of the year as they host Bethune-Cookman University this weekend at Hawks Stadium.
GW (16-24-1) answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the first, Michael Parker hit a shallow fly ball that scored Mickey Shupin on a sacrifice fly. Shupin led-off with a walk.
In the bottom of the inning the Colonials answered back again with a Charlie Kruer homerun to right center. They would leave the bases loaded after the home run as UMES kept the Colonials in check.
Tied at two, GW took a lead in the bottom of the seventh as Parker recorded another sacrifice fly on another Shupin run off of UMES starter Ken Richardson. While Richardson would wind up with a no decision he pitched well, throwing seven innings, allowing just three runs, two earned and walking three.
In the bottom of the eighth Winch took over on the mound and sat GW down in order.
It was the ninth where UMES did the damage. Dean led-off with a single through the left side and Winch helped his cause, reaching on a bunt single to the pitcher. Kevin Hillenburg would lay down a solid bunt forcing the Colonials to make the only play to first, and moving both runners up. Derrick Baker, taking over the left field spot would then hit a shot to first, reaching on an fielder's choice, and moving Winch to third. Dean would score on the play as the GW first baseman made an error at home allowing UMES to have the go ahead run. Tyler Love would then draw a walk to load the bases and Eric Gaines would hit a single to center that plated Winch and Baker and a 5-3 lead.
Winch worked the ninth, allowing a pair of hits and but would wind up stranded and UMES would get their ninth win and first on the road this season.
"We were all really excited," said Head Coach William Gardner. "It's great to get a road win and to top a program of GW's caliber."