UMES SWEPT BY NJIT IN REGULAR SEASON FINALE
May 10, 2014
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore baseball team concluded its 2013-14 regular season on Saturday afternoon as the Hawks were swept in a doubleheader by the New Jersey Institute of Technology at Hawk Stadium. UMES fell 12-0 in the opener, before losing 5-2 in the nightcap.
Senior Stephen Bull (Millsboro, Del.) registered one hit in each game to move to within six hits of the UMES all-time single-season hits record of 70. His hit in the opener was the only blemish of the day by NJIT's Ian Bentley, who fanned three to log the complete-game shutout. NJIT used just three pitchers in two games, while the Hawks trotted out five.
The opener was scoreless through one, before two runs by NJIT (18-21) gave the Highlanders the early advantage. Rex MacMillan and Teddy Bickert each had RBIs in the inning. UMES' two-run deficit held until the fourth when NJIT added another to make it 3-0.
After a scoreless fifth, the flood gates were opened as the Highlanders scored nine runs over the next two innings to run away with the victory in the opener.
Hawk starter Will Turley (Greensboro, Md.) pitched well to open the game but was removed after four innings. He was replaced by junior Michael Epps (Pottstown, Pa.), who allowed four runs in 1.2 innings, before giving way to freshman Philip Berry (Milford, Del.). The pitching staff combined to walk eight and plunk three in the contest.
UMES (13-33) allowed 14 hits in the opener and made three errors.
The Hawks were paced in the second game by sophomore Jordan Bone (Pittston, Pa.), who did not allow an earned run in the complete-game effort. The southpaw fanned one and allowed seven hits in seven innings to notch his best performance of the 2014 season. It was a huge performance as the Hawks bullpen had been exhausted after playing four games over the past two days.
After a pair of unearned runs in the second, Bone retired the side in order over the next two innings. The sophomore had a span in which he retired 15 of 18 hitters to keep UMES in the game.
NJIT scored an unearned run in the fourth to move its tally to 3-0, but UMES responded with one run in the fifth. Bull reached on an error and scored the following hitter after freshman Justin Dattilo (Pittsburgh, Pa.) grounded out to first.
Two more unearned runs by NJIT moved the Highlander lead to 5-1 and UMES scored one in the seventh after Dattilo notched his second RBI on the day to score Escanilla.
Freshamn Skylar Murray (Georgetown, Del.) was 2-for-3 in the nightcap, while Dattilo had two hits and two RBI. Bull and Escanilla each scored a run and freshman Chris Adams (Brentwood, Md.) had one hit. The Hawks had eight hits in game two.
The loss is the seventh consecutive for UMES as the Hawks have now lost 10 of their last 12 contests.
UMES will next head to MEAC Tournament, where the Hawks have claimed the No. 4 spot in MEAC North and will play the No. 1 team from the MEAC South, Bethune-Cookman. UMES
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