UMES COMEBACK IN THE RAIN FALLS SHORT AS HAWKS FALL 8-5 TO UMBC
May 8, 2013
CATONSVILLE, Md. - Down five runs after four, UMES scored three runs in the next few innings to get within two but fell short to UMBC 8-5 at the rain-soaked Baseball Factory Field on Wednesday. The Hawks fall to 8-43 while the Retrievers improve to 13-27.
UMES has finished the regular season and will now prepare for the MEAC Tournament next week.
Stephen Bull (Millsboro, Del.) led off the first with a double to left off UMBC starter Kevin Ladner (4-1). Two batters later, Tre-von Johnson also hit a double to score Bull and give UMES a 1-0 lead.
With two outs in the bottom of the first against UMES starter Chris Lopez (Vineland, N.J.), Kevin LaChance doubled and scored the next at bat on an Anthony Gatto single to tie the game.
In the second, UMES struck again to take back the lead. With one out, Joshua James (Milford, Del.) hit a ball over the left fielder's head for a double. After a Connor Breslin (Saylorsburg, Pa.) single put runners on the corners, James scored on a Tim Gray (Dover, Del.) infield single up the middle to push the Hawks up 2-1.
UMBC tied it up in the bottom of the third after back-to-back doubles by Mark Esposito and Rob McCabe.
Next inning, the Retrievers rallied for five runs off Hawks reliever Jordan Bone (Pittston, Pa.) (0-7) with five hits and two errors to take a 7-2 lead.
UMES responded in the following half-inning. After Gray took second on a fielding error by the third baseman and took third on a ground out, Johnson lined a single to left to bring in Gray and get the Hawks closer, down 7-3.
Sean Woods (Clinton, Md.) came in the bottom of the sixth and pitched a perfect inning.
In the top of the seventh with one away, Gray walked and Bull doubled to put two runners in scoring position. Two batters later, Johnson earned his third RBI hit with a two-run line drive single to right to get UMES within two 7-5.
Woods pitched a scoreless seventh, but in the eighth, an Esposito suicide squeeze scored Vince Corbi to give UMBC an insurance run.
Bull reached base on a line drive single to right in the ninth, but UMES did not get another baserunner and fell to UMBC 8-5.
The win went to Ladner, who pitched six innings with three runs charged. Bone got the loss with five runs, just four earned, in two innings of relief. UMBC reliever Stephen Chrzanowski picked up a save, going the final three innings with two runs and three strikeouts.
Johnson finished the day bringing in four runs and going 3-for-4. Bull went 3-for-5 from the plate and scored twice.
Leadoff hitter McCabe led UMES with two hits and four at bats and two RBI. Gatto reached base three times, going 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI.
UMES will prepare for the MEAC Tournament, taking on the 1-seed from the Southern Division on Wednesday, May 15th at 12:30 p.m. in Norfolk.