UMES NARROWLY SWEPT IN TWINBILL TO DELAWARE STATE
May 4, 2013
DOVER, Del. - Despite leading late against its Route 13 rival in game two of the Saturday doubleheader, UMES fell in each contest to the Hornets 5-1 and 5-4 at Soldier Field. UMES falls to 8-41 overall and 4-19 in the MEAC while Delaware State goes to 31-13 this season and 20-3 in-conference.
UMES attacked DSU starter Jordan Elliott (8-1) early in the first with Stephen Bull (Millsboro, Del.) leading off with a walk. After taking second on a ground out, Bull scored on an RBI single to left by Byron Campbell (Waldorf, Md.) to give UMES a 1-0 lead.
Cameron Cecil reached on an error to lead off the bottom of the first against UMES starter James Smith (Florence, S.C.) (1-5). He advanced to second on a stolen base and two wild pitches allowed him to score to tie the game.
Elliott and Smith dueled in the early innings, with the score remaining 1-1 after three innings.
In the following three innings, Delaware State scored four runs, including two in the fourth off four walks, to take a 5-1 lead.
Zachary Saca (Elk Grove, Calif.) came in relief in the bottom of the sixth and went the rest of the way for the Hawks without a run allowed.
The Hawks could not get another runner to scoring position against Elliott and fell in game one 5-1 to DSU.
Elliott earned the victory with nine innings thrown, striking out seven and allowing one run. Smith got the loss with five runs, just four earned, in 5.1 innings.
In the second game, JP Frey brought in Cecil on a RBI double in the first and an RBI ground out in the third off UMES starter Will Turley (Greensboro, Md.) to give DSU a 2-0 lead.
In the fourth, Tre-von Johnson (East New Market, Md.) and Campbell started off with back-to-back singles against DSU starter Matt McClain. After a pop up out, Brandon Schott (Warren, Pa.) grounded a single up the middle to load the bases. Next batter, Malik Wylie (Bronx, N.Y.) lined a single up the middle to score Johnson and cut the deficit to 2-1.
Next inning, UMES took the lead for the first time in the game. The Hawks loaded the bases with nobody out. Campbell grounded a double down the left field line, bringing in Bull and Mike Escanilla (Waldorf, Md.) to push UMES ahead. The Hawks tacked on a run on a Schott sacrifice fly to make it 4-2 UMES.
The Hornets got a run back in the bottom of the fifth off a Mike Alexander RBI single to score Cameron Onderko.
In the bottom of the sixth with first and third and one out, Onderko brought in Eddie Sorondo on a bunt single to first. Devin Repine (Salisbury, Md.) (1-2) came in relief of Turley and induced an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play to keep the score tied at four.
UMES threatened in the top of the seventh with second and third and one out, but reliever George Michael (6-1) induced a groundout and a flyout to finish the frame with no runs scored.
Next half-inning, JP Frey hit a bunt single to third to reach first. On a Ryan Haas sacrifice bunt attempt, a throwing error on the catcher allowed Frey to score and Delaware State to walk-off with a 5-4 victory.
Neither starter got a decision in the second game. Turley went 5.1 innings in his start, being charged four runs. McClain pitched five frames for the Hornets, allowing four runs.
The win went to Michael, who did not allow a run in the final two innings. Repine got the loss with an unearned run in two-thirds of an inning.
Campbell finished the doubleheader going 3-for-8, bringing in three runs and hitting a double. Wylie went 3-for-5 with an RBI, while Johnson scored twice in a 3-for-8 day.
For DSU, Onderko went 5-for-6 with two runs, a walk, a double and two RBI. Cecil scored three times, hitting a triple and bringing in a run on a 2-for-5 day.
UMES will play Delaware State tomorrow at noon at Soldier Field to finish conference play.