TRE-VON JOHNSON TIES UMES ALL-TIME HITS MARK IN LOSS TO TOWSON
May 8, 2012
TOWSON, Md. - Tre-von Johnson (East New Market, Md.) tied Phil Vaughn with his 172nd hit of his career, a home run in the ninth inning, but it was not enough as the Hawks were defeated by Towson 14-4 at Schuerholz Park. UMES falls to 11-35 after the non-conference game while Towson goes to 22-27.
With one more hit, Johnson will become the lone all-time hits leader in University of Maryland Eastern Shore history.
After a strong first inning by Alex Welch (Baltimore, Md.) (0-3), inducing three ground outs to start the game, Towson struck hard in the bottom of the second. After Brendan Butler led off with a double, Kurtis Voytell was hit by a pitch. During the next batter, a wild pitch and subsequent throwing error allowed Butler to score. After a walk and hit by pitch, Mike Draper hit a two-run single, giving the home team an early 3-0 lead.
The Tigers added one in the next inning, bringing a runner home on a throwing error to go up 4-0.
UMES responded in the top of the fourth against Towson starter Nick Cioffi (2-2). After Byron Campbell (Waldorf, Md.) reached on an error, two batters later Jeffrey Fleetwood (Delmar, Del.) walked to put runners on the corners with one out. Fleetwood stole second as James Newsome (Mechanicsville, Md.) struck out. Malik Wylie (Bronx, N.Y.) proceeded to double on a ground ball down the third base line to bring in two runs. Dustin Aigner (Melfa, Va.) followed with the first hit of his Hawks career, a fly ball double into the right field corner, to score Wylie and pull UMES to within one 4-3 of Towson.
That is as close as UMES came, as Towson scored six runs in the next half-inning. With first and second and no outs, Richie Blosser singled on a bunt, with a throwing error scoring Sean Adkins from third. Next batter, Brandon Gonnello hit a two-run double, followed by a two-run single by Butler three batters following and a later Ryne Willard RBI single to push Towson up 10-3.
The Hawks tried to respond after Towson added one in the seventh on an Adkins sacrifice fly, and two more in the seventh from a Willard single, to put the Tigers up 14-3.
In the ninth, Johnson blasted a fastball over the left-center field fence for the first home run as a Hawk, as UMES got a run closer, but the Hawks could not close the gap as they fell to the Tigers 14-4.
Cioffi earned the win for Towson, going five innings with three unearned runs, striking out two. Chris Acker got a save after pitching the final four innings, allowing a run with five strikeouts.
The loss went to Welch, pitching three innings with eight runs charged, just seven earned. James Smith (Florence, S.C.) had a strong relief outing, going 2.2 innings with one run and two strikeouts, as did Dylan Bell (Salisbury, Md.), throwing a scoreless eighth.
Aigner had his best day ever for UMES, going 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Johnson finished the game 1-for-4 with his home run, and Wylie went 1-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored.
Willard led Towson with three RBI, getting two hits in three at bats. Butler was 3-for-5, driving in a pair of runs and scoring three times. Gonella from the leadoff spot was 3-for-6 with a pair of runs and RBI.
UMES returns home for its final MEAC series, hosting Delaware State at Hawks Stadium this weekend. The first game is set for Friday at 1:00 p.m. in Princess Anne.