HAWKS' WINNING STREAK STOPPED AT TOWSON, 26-7
April 26, 2011
TOWSON, Md. - Towson scored runs in five innings, including 13 runs in the sixth, to defeat the University of Maryland Eastern Shore baseball team, 26-7, at John B. Schuerholtz Park on Tuesday.
Towson (17-20-1) collected season-high 22 hits to snap UMES' (8-32) three-game win steak.
Seven Tigers recorded multiple-hit games as Ben Winter (3-for-3, one home run, three RBI, two runs) and Austin Harclerode (3-for-5, one double, one triple, four runs, one RB) paced the Tigers.
Towson exploded for eight runs in the bottom of the first, sending 12 men to the plate, to set the tone for the day. Andrew Parker ripped a one-out three-run home run to left to put the Tigers up, 3-0. Three batters later, Brian Wyman hit a sharp single through the left side to score two more to highlight the inning.
Down, 11-0, after four innings. UMES scored five times in the fifth to cut it to a six-run deficit. Elliott Alston (Littleton, Colo.) and Jeffrey Fleetwood (Delmar, Md.) reached on a walk and error, respectively, to start the frame. A passed ball moved Alston to third. After a strikeout, Christy took a 1-1 pitch into center field, plating Alston and pushing Fleetwood to second. Then, with two out, Newsome beat out an infield sing to third base, scoring Fleetwood. A wild pitch advanced Newsome and Tre-Von Johnson (East New Market, Md.) to second and third to set the stage for Mena's three run rocket over the left-field fence.
The homer was the senior's third of the season.
The Tigers got back a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning to extend the lead to 13-5, and then had an enormous sixth. Towson recorded eight hits and benefitted from two UMES errors. The Tigers sent 18 men to plate. Pat Fitzgerald and Sean Adkins clubbed back-to-back two-run doubles, while Brady Baxter also tallied a bases-clearing, three-run double.
Lewis hammered his first collegiate homer in the eight to left field - a two run shot - in the eighth for the final margin.
UMES used seven pitchers in the contest and Towson used five. Zachary Saca (Elk Grove, Calif.) absorbed the loss for the Hawks in 2.1 innings. He surrendered 10 hits and 10 runs. Saca fell to 0-5 on the season.
Towson's Chris Acker (2-0) pitched five innings, without allowing an earned run for the win. He scattered four hits and two walks with six strikeouts.
UMES hosts Bethune-Cookman for its final MEAC series of the season at Hawks Stadium Saturday and Sunday. Saturday is Senior Day as the UMES honors its five seniors. First pitch is noon both days.