BIG DAY BY CAMPBELL NOT ENOUGH AS HAWKS SWEPT BY SPARTANS
May 3, 2014
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – It was a tough afternoon for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore baseball team on Saturday as the Hawks were swept in a doubleheader by Norfolk State at Hawk Stadium. UMES fell to NSU, 12-2, in the opener, before dropping a 7-1 decision in the nightcap. The Hawks managed just 13 hits between the two games and have now lost their last three Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference contests.
Senior Byron Campbell (Waldorf, Md.) combined to go 4-for-7 with two hits in each game to up his streak of consecutive games reached base safely to 27. Senior Stephen Bull (Millsboro, Del.) walked in the opener to move his streak to 33 games, but was 0-for-3 in the nightcap to not reach base for the first time since March 2.
UMES (13-28, 8-13 MEAC) and Norfolk State (17-24, 13-10 MEAC) each went scoreless after one in the opener, before the Spartans used an RBI by Omar Hotusing to take a 1-0 advantage. The Hawks were unable to do anything with NSU starter Stephen Butt in the second, but erupted with two runs to take the lead in the third.
Sophomore Mike Escanilla (Waldorf, Md.) and senior Stephen Bull (Millsboro, Del.) each reached base safely to begin the inning. After two consecutive outs, Escanilla scored on a passed ball and Bull came around on an RBI double by senior Jeffrey Fleetwood (Delmar, Del.).
Norfolk State scored six runs on seven hits to blow the game open in the fourth. The push gave NSU a 7-2 lead.
Butt continued to shine on the mound for the Spartans and the offense backed him up with another five tallies in the fifth. The ten-run lead held up the rest of the way as the game was called early due to the mercy rule.
Campbell led the Hawks with a 2-for-4 performance in the opener, while four others chipped in with one hit. Stinnett was tagged with the loss after giving up nine runs (all earned) on 12 hits in 4.1 innings. He was followed by senior Bernard Parker (Waldorf, Md.), who proceeded to give up three runs in 1.2 innings, before freshman Kameron Raison (Newark, Del.) closed the game with a scoreless seventh.
Cody Ellis was 3-for-3 in the opener with one run and one RBI for NSU. Cameron Day was also 3-for-3 with two runs and three RBI, while Chase Kyriacou was 2-for-3 with two runs and one RBI. Butt (3-2) notched the complete-game win after giving up two runs on six hits with three strikeouts in seven innings.
NSU jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the nightcap after scoring two in the first and one in the second off of UMES starter J.P. Black (Elkton, Md.). Spartan starter Matt Outman cruised through the first few innings and benefitted from a three-run homer by Kyriacou as NSU led 6-0 in the fourth.
Outman notched his third complete game of the season after he fanned four and allowed five hits in seven innings. He was brilliant from start to finish, but benefitted from a strong defense behind him that made just one error all day.
NSU did not have dip into its bullpen with Butt and Outman going the distance in each contest.
UMES combined to make six errors on the day, five of which were in the second game. Black took the loss in the nightcap to go to 1-4 on the year, while Campbell and freshman Troy Anderson (Bridgeport, W.Va.) each had two hits. Freshman Chris Adams (Brentwood, Md.) had the lone RBI for the Hawks in the second game.
UMES looks to salvage the series with a win as the Hawks and Spartans conclude the weekend with a 1 p.m. game tomorrow at Hawk Stadium.
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