UMES FALLS IN SERIES FINALE AGAINST NORFOLK STATE 9-1
May 6, 2012
NORFOLK, Va. - The Hawks won the series against Norfolk State, but fell in the getaway game on Sunday 9-1 at Miller Field. UMES falls to 11-34 and 10-11 in the MEAC, while the Spartans go to 17-26 and 11-9 in conference play.
UMES took two out of three in the set after sweeping Saturday's doubleheader.
Norfolk State struck early in the bottom half of the first. After a two-out single by Ross Cardwell against UMES starter Jesus Hernandez (Haverstraw, N.Y.) (0-6), Cameron Day hit a home run over the left field fence to give the home team a 2-0 lead.
Hernandez pitched a scoreless couple of innings as the Hawks got on the board in the fourth against NSU starting pitcher Chris Horne (5-5). Tre-Von Johnson (East New Market, Md.) earned a one out double to right-center field. Two batters later, James Newsome (Mechanicsville, Md.) singled to score Johnson and cut the deficit in half 2-1.
UMES pitched a clean fourth, but the Spartans got the run back in the bottom of the fifth. As Day led off with a double, Ryan Montgomery reached on a bunt single, with Day scoring on a subsequent throwing error.
The Spartans scored two more in the fifth. Chris Warren singled and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Cardwell followed with a single to score Warren. After a pop out and Montgomery walk, Tyon Ore singled to bring in Cardwell and put NSU up 5-1.
Karim Gonzalez (Mexico City, Mexico) came in and pitched 1.2 innings in relief, not allowing a run and getting two total strikeouts in the sixth and seventh. But Norfolk State added four runs in the eighth, including a two-run single by Shane Hoggard, as the Spartans took the victory 9-1.
The Hawks had a tough time against Horne, who pitched a complete game with one run and seven strikeouts in the victory. The loss went to Hernandez, finishing with four strikeouts in 5.1 innings, with five runs charged.
Jeffrey Fleetwood (Delmar, Del.) and Brandon Schott (Warren, Pa.) each went 2-for4 in the contest. Newsome had the team's lone RBI, going 1-for-4.
Montgomery reached base in all five plate appearances, going 3-for-3 with a run. Cardwell also got three hits, adding three runs and a pair of RBI.
UMES will get ready for its final non-conference game of the year when it takes on Towson on the road on Tuesday, May 8th at 3:30 p.m.