TRE-VON JOHNSON BECOMES ALL-TIME HITS LEADER AT UMES IN TWINBILL LOSS TO DSU
May 11, 2012
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - With an RBI single in the first inning of game two vs. Delaware State on Friday, Tre-von Johnson became the all-time hits leader in University of Maryland Eastern Shore history. UMES fell to Delaware State in each doubleheader game, losing 13-1 in the first game and 7-1 in the second contest, both in seven innings. The Hawks go to 11-37 and 10-13 in conference play, while the Hornets go to 35-14-1 overall and 22-1 in the MEAC.
Johnson (East New Market, Md.) earned hits 173 and 174 in his career on Friday to pass Phil Vaughn on the all-time hits list. He also is the single season record holder, earning 70 hits in the 2011 season.
With Friday's results, UMES will be the third seed from the MEAC Northern Division in the upcoming conference tournament. The Hawks will play the second seed from the MEAC South on Wednesday in Norfolk.
The Hornets got the first run in the early game after Troy Drummond scored on a throwing error by the catcher for a 1-0 lead after the top of the first.
Stephen Bull (Millsboro, Del.) led off the bottom of the first with a single against DSU starter Jordan Elliott (9-2). After advancing to second on a Johnson ground out, Bull scored after Brandon Schott (Warren, Pa.) reached on a throwing error by the third baseman, tying the game at one.
Delaware State struck back in the third against UMES starter Jesus Hernandez (Haverstraw, N.Y.) (0-7). The Hornets loaded the bases with no out. Two batters later, Ryan Haas and the following batter, Eddie Sorondo, each walked to push two runs across for a 3-1 advantage for DSU.
Hernandez pitched a scoreless fourth, but the Hornets dialed up four runs in the fifth, capped by a two-run triple by Drummond, to go up 7-1.
The visitors sealed the game in sixth inning. A two-run triple by Aaron Nardone, a Drummond two-run single and a Scott Davis RBI single contributed to a six-run inning by the Hornets, giving them a 13-1 lead, the eventual final score after the game was called after seven innings via the mercy rule.
Elliott got the win in game one, pitching five innings with five strikeouts and an unearned run.
The loss went to Hernandez, allowing five runs, just four earned, with a trio of strikeouts in four-plus innings. Sean Woods (Clinton, Md.) had a good outing in relief, throwing the final 1.1 innings without a run charged.
UMES looked to rebound in the second game. The Hornets pieced together a hit by pitch and a Haas RBI double off Jacob Foreman (Little Orleans, Md.) (5-5) in the first inning to take an early lead.
In the bottom of the first, Byron Campbell (Waldorf, Md.) hit a one-out triple to the right-center gap. Johnson followed with a ground ball single up the middle, scoring Campbell and surpassing Vaughn for the all-time hits mark at UMES, to tie the game at 1-1.
The Hornets took back the lead in the top of the second. JP Frey and Nardone led off with infield singles. Foreman nearly got out of the inning, striking out Tony Gatto and inducing a ground out from Peter Broehl, but Drummond singled to score Frey and Nardone to get a 3-1 advantage.
Foreman pitched a scoreless fourth, but Drummond got another two-run single in the fifth inning, bringing in Nardone and Gatto, to push the lead for DSU to four.
The UMES bullpen of Zachary Saca (Elk Grove, Calif.) and James Smith (Florence, S.C.) combined to throw to last 3.2 innings, allowing just two unearned runs in the seventh off a Frey safety squeeze and Nardone RBI single. But it was not enough as the Hornets won the seven-inning contest 7-1 over UMES to sweep the twinbill.
Matt McClain (9-3) pitched a six-inning start for Delaware State, earning the victory with one run allowed.
Foreman got his first loss in nearly two months, going 3.1 innings with five runs allowed and seven strikeouts. Saca pitched two-and-two-thirds scoreless innings in relief.
Johnson finished the doubleheader with a 2-for-6 day, including an RBI. Malik Wylie (Bronx, N.Y.) hit safely in game one, but had a five-game hitting streak snapped in the second contest. Bull went 1-for-3 in each contest with a run scored and a double.
Drummond earned a combined seven RBI for the Hornets, going 6-for-8 with three stolen bases. Frey and Nardone each had two hits in both games, with the former scoring a combined four runs.
UMES will play its final home game on Saturday, honoring the 2012 class with Senior Day at Hawks Stadium. First pitch is set for 1:00 p.m.
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