STINNETT STANDS TALL IN MEAC FIRST ROUND, HAWKS FALL 4-0 TO WILDCATS
Jesse Stinnett (above) locked up in a pitcher's duel against 2014 MEAC Pitcher of the Year, Montana Durapau
Jesse Stinnett (above) locked up in a pitcher's duel against 2014 MEAC Pitcher of the Year, Montana Durapau

May 14, 2014

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NORFOLK, Va. – Freshman Jesse Stinnett (Madison Heights, Va.) and 2014 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year, Montana Durapua, locked up in an exciting pitcher’s duel on Wednesday, but a Hawk win was not in the cards, as UMES dropped a 4-0 decision to Bethune-Cookman in the MEAC First Round.

UMES (13-34) could muster just four hits on the day off of Durapau, who fanned 14 and walked just one in the eight innings. Durapau’s effort was the most strikeouts by a pitcher in the MEAC Tournament since 2008. Stinnett was just as good, where he scattered 10 hits and did not allow a free pass in 7.2 innings. The freshman controlled the game through the first seven innings but would run out of gas in the eighth.

It was the second consecutive season that UMES squared off with the MEAC Pitcher of the Year in its opening round game of the MEAC Tournament.

Stinnett and Durapau were fantastic to open up the game as they combined to allow just one base runner through the first two innings.

After the Hawks went quiet in the third, Bethune-Cookman (23-31) opened the scoring with a single tally in the bottom half of the frame. Zach Olszewski singled with one away and came around to score on an RBI single up the middle by Bryant Munoz.

Durapau fanned nine and Stinnett scattered five hits through six as the pair set the stage for the low scoring affair. Durapau retired eight consecutive hitters from the fifth through seventh as the Wildcats clung to a 1-0 lead midway through the game.

The Hawks found themselves down by two in the seventh after Josh Johnson singled home Shaun McCarty, who earlier singled. Jordan Robinson gave BCU a 4-0 lead in the eighth after Jordan Robinson tripled home a pair to chase Stinnett. Senior Bernard Parker (Waldorf, Md.) replaced the freshman and induced a popup to end the threat.

UMES made some noise in the top of the ninth as the Hawks put runners on first and second with one out. BCU’s Riley O’Brien walked Bull and senior Byron Campbell (Waldorf, MD.) singled, but the next two Hawk hitters would be retired in order to end the contest.

Bull reached base twice in the game, while sophomore Connor Breslin (Saylorsburg, Pa.), sophomore Mike Escanilla (Waldorf, Md.) and junior Joshua James (Milford, Del.) each had one hit. Bull’s hit brings him to within five of the all-time single-season hits record at UMES as he now has 65 hits on the year.

The Hawks made just one error and combined to throw five scoreless innings on the day.

UMES remains winless against BCU over the past 10 seasons. The Wildcats have now defeated the Hawks five times since 2005 in the MEAC Tournament First Round, despite scoring less than five runs in each of the past five matchups.

With the decision, UMES will play tomorrow at 9 a.m. in an elimination game against MEAC South No. 3 seed, North Carolina Central. It will be the second consecutive season that the Hawks face the Eagles in the second round of the MEAC Tournament.

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