UMES FALLS TO BETHUNE-COOKMAN, 10-9 IN GAME ONE OF TOURNAMENT
April 28, 2005
ORLANDO, FL - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (6-40, 1-17) dropped the first game of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament to Bethune-Cookman College, 10-9 as the Wildcats scored the winning run on a sacrifice fly to left.
UMES jumped out to an early 1-0 lead as Brandon McCabe hit a solo-homerun to right field in the top of the first. However, BCC answered quickly with a lead off homerun by Carlos Picornell and then two more runs to take a 3-1 advantage.
The Fighting Hawks chipped away at the lead with a run in the second before they took a 7-3 lead in fourth as Craig Munch highlighted the inning with a two-out bases loaded triple to right.
Bethune-Cookman answered in the bottom of the inning with four runs to tie the game at 7-7. The Wildcats collected five singles and a walk as they knocked UMES starter Brad Powell from the game.
The Fighting Hawks reclaimed the lead in the eighth with two runs and Munch singled home Joel Maher and then scored on a on a wild-pitch. Once more time, the Wildcats immediately answered in the bottom of the inning with two of their own on only one hit. A costly error and two walks gave BCC the opportunity to tie the game.
In the ninth, UMES could not take advantage of a one-out two base error that put Bernie Stratchko at second. In the bottom of the inning a lead-off single and throwing error put a runner in scoring position right away. Eventually, the Wildcats had the bases loaded and one out and Picornell once again delivered with a sacrifice fly to left that was just deep enough to score Ryan Ghianda.
Picornell went 2-4 with a walk, three runs score and the game-winning sacrifice fly. Ghianda went 4-5 with a run scored and two batted in.
UMES was led by McCabe and Munch as the duo went 5-7 with two walks and a hit-by-pitch. They drove in five and scored four.
UMES now moves on to the losers bracket of the double-elimination tournament where they will face number three seeded Coppin State University, who dropped its opening game to Norfolk State. The first pitch will be at 10:00 a.m. at the Wide World of Sports Baseball Complex in Orlando, Florida.