UMES FALLS IN NINTH TO COPPIN STATE ON SUNDAY
April 27, 2014
HANOVER, Md. – For the first 25 outs on Sunday, it looked as if the University of Maryland Eastern Shore baseball team was headed to a three-game sweep of Coppin State, but a ninth inning rally by the Eagles proved to be too much as the Hawks fell to CSU, 4-3. The loss was the first for UMES in the series against CSU as the Hawks swept Saturday’s twinbill. The defeat is UMES’ sixth in the past eight games.
Senior Byron Campbell (Waldorf, Md.) moved his consecutive games on-base streak to 25 games with a 2-for-3 performance. Campbell has two hits in each of the past three games and has atleast two hits in seven of the past 10. He was followed by senior Stephen Bull (Millsboro, Del.), who was also 2-for-3 with one run and one RBI. Bull has now reached base safely in 31 straight games.
UMES had seven hits in the ballgame but gave up a series-high nine hits in the loss.
UMES (13-26, 8-11 MEAC) held a two run lead with one out in the ninth inning. Junior Chipper Smith (Florence, S.C.) dominated the ballgame for the first eight innings, before CSU posted back-to-back singles to chase him from the contest. The Eagles jumped all over junior reliever Devin Repine (Salisbury, Md.) and finished him off with a two RBI single by Mike Wright to end the game.
Campbell doubled home sophomore Mike Escanilla (Waldorf, Md.) to give UMES the early lead, but CSU came back with one in the bottom half of the first. UMES saw Campbell and Bull each register RBI singles in the third to take a 3-1 lead.
The Hawks’ runs in the third were the only runs scored by either team over a seven inning span. Smith had scattered five hits heading into the ninth, but a win at Coppin State was not in the cards. The late-game heroics gave CSU the 5-4 advantage in the 2014 series.
Smith was credited with the no-decision after going 8.1 innings with two strikeouts and three earned runs allowed. Repine took his third loss of the year after giving up the final two hits.
Anderson Burgess gave CSU a good effort on the hill with eight strikeouts in 4.1 innings, while Michael Roberts took the win with 2.2 innings of scoreless relief. Mike Wright led the way with a 2-for-3 performance with two RBI as the Eagles player error free ball in Sunday’s matchup.
UMES will host its last eight games of the regular season, beginning with a matchup against UMBC on Wednesday, April 30 at 3:30 p.m.
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