UMES USES BALANCED EFFORT TO SWEEP COPPIN STATE IN MEAC TWINBILL
April 26, 2014
BALTIMORE, Md. – The University of Maryland Eastern Shore baseball team came up big when it mattered the most on Saturday afternoon as the Hawks sweep a pair of games at Coppin State. UMES won the first game, 4-1, before sweeping the doubleheader with an 11-4 victory in the second. The Hawks and Eagles are now deadlocked at 4-4 in eight matchups this year.
With the victories, UMES moves into third-place in the MEAC North Division.
It was the performance of freshman Jesse Stinnett (Madison Heights, Va.) that was the difference in the opener. Aside from a solo homerun in the fifth, Stinnett was flawless as he retired 10 of the last 12 hitters he faced to lead UMES (13-25, 8-10 MEAC) to the win. He fanned nine and walked three in nine innings to up his record to 4-3.
The two teams were scoreless through the first two innings, before UMES dropped a three-spot on CSU in the third. Following a walk to junior Joshua James (Milford, Del.) and a single by senior Stephen Bull (Millsboro, Del.), senior Byron Campbell (Waldorf, Md.) blasted a three-run homer to left.
After a scoreless fourth, Chris Godfrey homered for the Eagles to bring the game to 3-1. Both teams would go away quiet over the next two innings, but UMES would add an insurance run in the eighth after Campbell singled home Bull.
It was the Jesse Stinnett show the rest of the way as the freshman kept CSU at bay to lead the Hawks to the win.
Campbell stole the show with a 2-for-4 effort and four RBI for the Hawks in the opener, while Bull scored two runs. UMES did not commit an error in the field behind Stinnett.
The Hawks took a 6-0 lead after two innings against CSU in the third. UMES starter J.P. Black (Elkton, Md.) was flawless through the first two, but would allow a trio of unearned runs in the third. The 6-3 Hawk lead held strong through the next two innings, before UMES added two runs to take a five run advantage.
The Hawks used a two-run bomb by senior Jeffrey Fleetwood (Delmar, Del.) to do the damage in the fifth.
Each team would score a solo tally in the sixth, but a Campbell RBI triple and passed ball brought UMES to a lead that it would never relinquish.
Black took the win after going six innings and allowing no earned runs with six strikeouts. The sophomore provided one of his best efforts on the season as allowed just four hits, before being replaced by freshman Kameron Raison (Newark, Del.).
Fleetwood was 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs in the nightcap, while five others have multi-hit games in the second contest. Freshman Troy Anderson (Bridgeport, W.Va.) had three RBI and freshman Chris Adams (Brentwood, Md.) had a triple and two RBI.
The two teams will play tomorrow to see who will take the season-series. First pitch is set for noon at Joe Cannon Stadium in Baltimore, Md.
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