BULL INCHES CLOSER TO RECORD, HAWKS SWEPT ON SENIOR DAY
May 9, 2014
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – The University of Maryland Eastern Shore honored its four seniors on Senior Day at Hawk Stadium, but the Hawks could not send them home victorious as UMES was swept in a doubleheader on Friday afternoon. The Hawks fell in the opener, 8-3, before dropping a 5-3 decision in game two. The loss cemented UMES’ spot in the 12:30 p.m. matchup on Wednesday at the MEAC Tournament, where the No. 4 Hawks will play the No. 1 seed from the MEAC South, Bethune-Cookman.
The Hawks honored four seniors on the day as Stephen Bull (Millsboro, Del.), Byron Campbell (Waldorf, Md.), Bernard Parker (Waldorf, Md.) and Jeffrey Fleetwood (Delmar, Del.) played their final MEAC matchups at Hawk Stadium. The four, which have combined to play 589 games since 2011, were honored at home plate before game one.
Bull had one hit in the opener and two in the nightcap to move to within eight of the all-time single season hits record of 70. Campbell had two hits in the opener to move his tally to within 10 of the same record.
Delaware State (26-15, 15-7 MEAC) drew first blood in the opener after Eddie Sorondo singled home Cameron Cecil, who had been hit by a pitch earlier. The score held up through three as DSU’s Matt McClain and Parker locked up in a pitcher’s duel early.
Parker retired seven of eight hitters heading into the fourth, but one more Hornet run upped the DSU advantage to two.
UMES would fall in a deeper hole in the fifth after DSU put up a five-spot. Parker put the first two hitters of the inning on before being replaced by freshman Philip Berry (Milford, Del.). Berry got one out before giving way to freshman Kameron Raison (Newark, Del.). The four-plus inning outing for Parker was his longest of the season as he made the second start of his collegiate career.
The 7-0 DSU lead stayed strong until the bottom of the sixth. McClain (7-0) was fantastic for the Hornets as he allowed just two hits in five scoreless innings. His departure, however, sparked UMES’ bats as the Hawks rallied to score three runs in the next frame off of two relievers.
Sophomore Mike Escanilla (Waldorf, Md.) singled and moved over on a walk to Bull. The pair would move over on a wild pitch, before RBI singles by Campbell and junior Greg Turlik (Gaithersburg, Md.) brought the game to within five again. UMES capped its scoring in the inning after freshman Troy Anderson (Bridgeport, W.Va.) was plunked with the bases loaded to score Campbell.
The push was as close as the Hawks would get as they lost their fifth consecutive contest.
Campbell was 2-for-4 in the game, while Escanilla had two hits and Turlik had one RBI. The Hawks and Hornets each had six hits in the game, but three UMES errors and eight combined walks were the difference. Parker (2-1) took the loss after giving up four runs (all earned) in four innings.
Raison posted his best pitching performance of the season for UMES after he threw 4.2 innings and allowed two hits and one run with two strikeouts.
DSU was paced by Eddie Sorondo, who was 2-for-4 with one double, two runs and one RBI. Hassan Evans blasted a solo shot in ninth. McClain took the win to up his record to 7-0 and Ryan Mordecai allowed one hit in four scoreless innings to pick up his first save of the year.
The second game was an even affair through the first three innings.
After a solo tally by DSU in the first, UMES tied it up after Escanilla singled and came around to score the following hitter. Junior Chipper Smith (Florence, S.C.) and Harry Douglas combined to allow just six hits over the first three innings, but things would change in the fourth.
DSU would chase Smith from the game after three of its first four batters reached safely in the frame. Aaron Nardone greeted Hawk reliever Philip Berry with a double to score two and make the score 5-1.
Freshman Justin Dattilo (Pittsburgh, Pa.) began UMES’ next at bat with a walk and moved over on a single by Fleetwood. Anderson would send home Dattilo and Fleetwood came around to score on an RBI single by Bull to make it a three run game at 5-3. UMES loaded the bases in fifth and sixth, but scored just one run across that span.
The Hawks would go quiet the rest of the way as they were swept by Delaware State for the second straight time. UMES dropped both games to Delaware State despite outhitting the Hornets 14-12. UMES has now lost its last four games to Delaware State as well.
UMES will conclude its regular season tomorrow when the Hawks host the New Jersey Institute of Technology for a doubleheader at Hawk Stadium. Sophomore Will Turley (Greensboro, Md.) will start game one and sophomore Jordan Bone (Pittston, Pa.) is scheduled to toss the nightcap. First pitch for the opener is set for noon.
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