UMES FALLS TO COPPIN STATE 6-2 ON SENIOR DAY
April 28, 2013
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - On the final game at Hawks Stadium this season for Senior Day, UMES fell to Coppin State 6-2 in the Sunday rubber match. The Hawks fall to 8-38 overall and 4-17 in the MEAC while Coppin State goes to 14-28 this season and 9-12 in-conference.
Before the game, UMES had a ceremony on the field to honor the careers of the senior class. Jesus Hernandez (Haverstraw, N.Y.), Brandon Schott (Warren, Pa.), Malik Wylie (Bronx, N.Y.) and Tre-von Johnson (East New Market, Md.) were honored on the field before their final home game at Hawks Stadium.
Coppin State struck early in the top of the first, combining a Dalton Cozart double and RBI single by Alex Hamlett to score a run against UMES starter Hernandez (0-5).
In the third with two outs, Chris Kashangaki hit a double to left-center. Cozart drove in Kashangaki with a ground ball single up the middle for a 2-0 CSU lead.
The Eagles added two more in the fifth, with Kashangaki scoring on a throwing error and Cozart scoring on a Hamlett RBI single to push CSU up 4-0.
UMES responded in the bottom of the sixth against CSU starter Will Grebenstein (2-0). Nick Cooper (Delmar, Del.) led off with his first hit of his UMES career on a ground ball through the left side. After a Stephen Bull (Millsboro, Del.) ground-rule double to right, Mike Escanilla (Waldorf, Md.) grounded a single to right to bring in Cooper and Bull to cut the deficit in half 4-2.
CSU got back the two runs in the following half-inning on back-to-back RBI hits by Hamlett and Chris Godfrey for a 6-2 advantage.
Despite a strong relief effort by Zachary Saca (Elk Grove, Calif.), going the final 2.1 innings without a run, UMES did not score another run in the game and fell 6-2.
Grebenstein picked up the victory, going 7.1 innings with two runs and three strikeouts. The loss went to Hernandez, who in 6.2 innings was charged with six runs, just five earned, and struck out three.
Escanilla brought home both UMES runs, going 1-for-4. Cooper reached base twice on a hit and a walk, finishing 1-for-3 on the day.
For CSU, Hamlett drove in three runs in a 3-for-5 day. Kashangaki went 3-for-4 with two runs and three stolen bases.
UMES will hit the road for a night game against Georgetown on Tuesday in Bethesda, Maryland at 7 p.m.