UMES BATTLES MEAC PITCHER OF THE YEAR, NARROWLY FALLS 3-1 TO SAVANNAH
May 15, 2013
NORFOLK, Va. - J.P. Black and Kyle McGowin battled on the mound on Wednesday at Marty L. Miller Baseball Field, with UMES being edged out 3-1 to Savannah State in the first round of the MEAC Tournament. The Hawks fall to 8-44 this season while Savannah State goes to 30-21.
With the defeat, UMES falls to the loser's bracket and will face North Carolina Central tomorrow at 9 a.m. in an elimination game.
UMES sent Black (Elkton, Md.) (1-5) to the hill to counter McGowin (11-1), the MEAC Pitcher of the Year.
The Tigers got an unearned run in the bottom half of the first inning. Todd Hagen reached first on an error and took third on another error. Peter Poole lined a single to left to bring in Hagan for a 1-0 SSU lead.
The Hawks got on the board in the top of the third. Joshua James (Milford, Del.) drew a walk and took second on a Thomas Gray (Delmar, Del.) sacrifice bunt. James took third on a McGowin balk. Next batter, Stephen Bull (Millsboro, Del.) grounded a single up the middle, bringing in James to tie the game. Later, Tre-von Johnson (East New Market, Md.) singled and Byron Campbell (Waldorf, Md.) walked to load the bases with two outs, but UMES did not get home another run as the score was tied 1-1 after two-and-a-half.
Black and McGowin contained their respective opponents through five innings to keep the score at 1-1.
In the bottom of the sixth, David Richards led off with a triple to deep right-center. Chris Arnold brought him home in the next batter with a sacrifice fly to left-center, the first and only earned run by Black in the game, giving Savannah State a 2-1 lead.
The Tigers added an insurance run in the eighth after Richards led off with a triple. Zachary Saca (Elk Grove, Calif.) induced a ground out, but a Darien Campbell safety squeeze brought in Richards for a 3-1 Savannah State lead.
UMES brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth after a Malik Wylie (Bronx, N.Y. ) walk, but McGowin did not allow another baserunner and the Hawks fell 3-1.
McGowin pitched a complete game with one run and seven strikeouts. Black got the loss despite a strong performance, going seven innings with two runs, just one earned, and two strikeouts.
Johnson earned a multi-hit game, going 3-for-4, including the first hit of the contest. Bull reached base twice in a 1-for-3 game, finishing with a walk and an RBI.
For the Tigers, Richards finished with a 3-for-4 day including two triples and a pair of runs. Poole went 2-for-4 with an RBI.