DOMINATING UMES PITCHING LEADS TO TWINBILL SWEEP OF NSU
May 5, 2012
NORFOLK, Va. - UMES pitchers combined to allow just two runs in 16 innings as the Hawks swept Norfolk State in the Saturday doubleheader at Miller Field, winning 3-2 in game one and 4-0 in the second contest, the first UMES shutout victory since March 21st, 2009. UMES goes to 11-33 and 10-10 in the MEAC, just a half game out of second place in the Northern Division, while Norfolk State drops to 16-26 and 10-9 in conference play.
In game one, Zachary Saca (Elk Grove, Calif.) (3-2) entered the game in relief to replace Tyler Witte (Westminster, Md.) with the bases loaded and nobody out in the bottom of the first. After a Cameron Day sacrifice fly, Saca induced a 5-4-3 double play to end the inning with just one run across.
UMES tied the game in the next inning against NSU starter Justin Bhatti (3-6). Brandon Schott (Warren, Pa.) singled and James Newsome (Mechanicsville, Md.) doubled to put second and third and no outs. Two batters later, Jeffrey Fleetwood (Delmar, Del.) hit a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Schott for a 1-1 game.
NSU threatened in the bottom of the second, getting the bases loaded with one out, but Saca forced another ground ball double play to end the inning with the game remaining tied.
The Hawks took their first lead in the top of the fourth. After Newsome reached on an error by the second baseman and advanced to second on a Malik Wylie (Bronx, N.Y.) ground out, Fleetwood came through again with a single up the middle to score Newsome for a 2-1 UMES lead.
Saca continued his strong pitching, going through the fourth, fifth and sixth with one hit allowed combined. But in the seventh, a pair of opening singles by Tyon Ore and Shane Hoggard, followed by a sacrifice bunt and RBI ground out by Chase Kyriacou, once again tied the game.
In the eighth, Newsome reached on an infield single. Wylie followed with a single to put first and second with one out. Two batters later, Joshua James (Milford, Del.) singled up the middle. Newsome scored from second to give UMES back the lead 3-2.
Bernard Parker (Waldorf, Md.) came in to pitch for UMES in the eighth, finishing the game with two shutout innings with just one hit allowed, to secure the win for the Hawks in game one.
Saca earned the victory in relief, going seven innings with just one run allowed. Parker picked up his first save of the season. The loss went to Bhatti, allowing three runs, with two earned, in his eight-inning start with six strikeouts.
UMES got going quickly in the second game against Spartans starter Ryan VanAssche (3-6). Stephen Bull (Millsboro, Del.) and Byron Campbell (Waldorf, Md.) led off the top of the first with singles, advancing to third and second respectively on a Tre-Von Johnson (East New Market, Md.) ground out. Schott singled to score Bull and put runners on the corners. After a ground out and Wylie walk loaded the bases, Fleetwood walked on four pitches to push Campbell home. James followed with another walk to score Schott, giving the Hawks an early 3-0 advantage.
Jacob Foreman (Little Orleans, Md.) (5-4) got the start for UMES in game two. Norfolk State threatened early in the first with a pair of runners on and two out, but Foreman got Ryan Montgomery grounded out to short to end the inning.
Foreman kept control on the mound, retiring the side in order in three straight innings from the third to the fifth.
UMES added another run in the top of the sixth. Wylie and James both singled to put first and second with two away. Shaquille Bagwell (Atlantic, Va.) singled up the middle, bring home Wylie, putting UMES up 4-0.
Norfolk State did not get a runner past second base against Foreman, as the senior finished the game without allowing a run and giving the Hawks their first shutout victory in over three years. Foreman earned the win with seven innings in the complete game, striking out six.
Matt Witte earned the last shutout victory for UMES, going the full seven innings in a 12-0 win over Coppin State on March 21st, 2009.
The loss went to VanAssche, allowing four earned runs and getting five strikeouts in six innings.
On the hitting side, Fleetwood finished with three RBI in the twinbill, going 2-for-4 with a pair of walks. James drove in a run in each game, earning two hits in five at bats with a walk. Campbell got two triples in a 5-for-9 day, while Newsome got three hits in four at bats in game one, scoring a pair of runs.
For NSU, Kyriacou, Ore and Cameron Day all multi-hit in game one. Kyriacou added a stolen base and a run.
UMES looks for the series sweep against Norfolk State tomorrow with a noon game at Miller Field.