SENIOR DAY IS STERLING FOR THE HAWKS, UMES TOPS LA SALLE 11-7
May 7, 2008
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - The Hawks said goodbye to two seniors today and did so in fine fashion, picking up an 11-7 win over La Salle University. The two seniors, both four-year lettermen, played a big part in the game. The lanky southpaw, Daniel Sterling earned his first win of the season with a great outing while classmate Ken Richardson delivered the storybook ending with a hit in his final home at bat as well as scoring a run.
The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) used a four run sixth inning to take a commanding lead and then blew the game open, posting another four run effort in the seventh inning to secure the win. The Explorers out hit the Hawks 10-8 in the game, but errors would prove costly as La Salle committed seven miscues at Hawks Stadium and that led to seven of the 11 runs being unearned for the Explorer staff.
La Salle (12-34) sent freshmen right-hander Zach Huff to the mound for his first start of the season. He lasted through just three innings as UMES (6-45) posted a run in each inning, despite two of the three being unearned.
Errors begin to take effect in the second when Russel Deutschmann opened the inning by reaching on an error by the second baseman. Tyler Love would then dig in and send a double to right to push Deutschmann to third. Jorge Pichardo would then send a shot to left to pick up the RBI on a sacrifice fly that plated Deutschmann.
In the third UMES would get the bats going with two outs. Hercinger and Richardson would both draw walks and then advance a base when catcher Mike Dertouzos would try to catch Richardson napping but would throw to the left of first into right field, allowing both runners to move up. Deutschmann would then reach again on another error to the third baseman that allowed Hercinger to score.
Up 3-0 the Explorers would post one run in the fifth inning. That would also come on an error as John Malloy reached on a two-out error on Orsini. After a wild pitch that put him on second, Malloy would be driven in by Justin Handler who singled. Down 3-1 La Salle tied the game in the sixth, getting two runs. A bunt single by RJ Hollinshead, followed by a double by Dertouzos would plate Hollinshead. A passed ball put Dertouzos on third and a Mike Canfarotta ground out plated him to tie the game.
That is as close as La Salle would get. The Hawks took the lead right back. The senior, Richardson would draw a lead-off walk. Deutschmann would then reach again, but this time with a single through the left side that would put runners on first and second. Head Coach William Gardner is known for playing small ball and to no surprise he gave the bunt sign to Tyler Love. Love executed a beautiful bunt down to third and it not only advanced both runners, but caused on overthrow of first that put Love on second and plated Richardson and Deutschmann. Pitcher Joe Vincent would throw one in the dirt that bounced up and caught the Dertouzos in the face. He would throw down to third to try and get the advancing Love and overthrow the bag that would allow Love to score. With the bases empty, Pichardo drew a walk and advanced on a wild pitch. La Salle Head Coach Mike Lake had see enough and went to reliever Shane Frangiosa. He was promptly greeted by a Michael Guy sacrifice bunt that moved Pichardo over. Phil Vaughn would pick up the RBI on a shot down the left-field line to account for the fourth Hawk run of the inning, making it a 7-3 game.
Sterling would return for the seventh inning, but shortly after throwing his 100th pitch of the game, he would be pulled for reliever Jervonta' Wright. Sterling allowed two walks before being lifted. Left-hander Wright was brought in specifically to face the left TJ Chism but he drew a five pitch walk to load the bases and Gardner again went to the pen to bring in go-to man Elliott Arrington.
Arrington was solid. He got Kevin Jones to pop up for one out, Hollinshead to ground out, despite it plating a run and Dertouzos to fly out. He got out of the jam and preserved the win for Sterling. Arrington would go on to work the next two innings, allowing three run on four hits, but it wasn't enough as UMES hung on for the 11-7 win, getting the senior Sterling the win in his last home appearance and earning the save for himself.
The Hawks did pad the score a little with four more runs in the seventh on a pair of hits and a pair of La Salle errors. They did all that with two outs as Deutschmann got on again, this time being hit by a pitch. Love followed with a single and another error allowed Pichardo to reach and plate Deutschmann. Guy was hit by a pitch to load the bases. They were then emptied by Vaughn who hit a shot just shy out of going over the deep left field fence for a double and three RBI.
Richardson, as appropriate had his final at bat on senior day result in a single through the right side. He would reach base three times in five plate appearances.
"The seniors did a great job today," said Gardner. "Kenny [Richardson] was on base several times and Dan [Sterling] kept us in the game. He kept the ball down for the most part and gave us the opportunity to earn him a win. It was a great day, one that was special for the seniors to go out on. I am happy with the way things turned out."
The two seniors were honored in a pre-game ceremony for their contributions to the program. Both played all four seasons in the maroon and grey and both are local as Richardson hails from Princess Anne and Sterling from nearby Crisfield, Md. Coach Gardner addressed the two seniors praising them for their leadership and contributions that go far beyond the stat sheet.
Despite it being senior day, it may not be the final home game for the Hawks. They leave on Thursday for a three-game weekend series against the Virginia Military Institute (VMI) but may play a make-up game against North Carolina A&T State on Monday if it is needed for the standings. UMES has locked up the sixth seed in the conference tournament starting next Thursday, May 15 in Norfolk Va. NCAT may still improve their situation by playing the game. Stay tuned to umeshawks.com for details. The series against VMI will be broadcast live on the internet and the MEAC Tournament will be online as well as being aired like today's game, on WTGM-AM 960 The TEAM, the flagship station of the Hawk Radio Network.