HAWKS SCORE 11 UNANSWERED RUNS TO SOAR PAST NCCU IN MEAC TOURNAMENT
May 17, 2012
NORFOLK, Va. - Down 5-2 after five innings, MEAC North 3-seed UMES powered its way past MEAC South 2-seed North Carolina Central with 11 unanswered runs, including a six-run sixth, to defeat the Eagles 13-5 to advance to the second round of the MEAC Tournament winner's bracket. The Hawks improve to 13-37 on the season while N.C. Central drops to 18-31.
This is the first time UMES has won its opening game in the MEAC Tournament since 2006, when the Hawks defeated Coppin State 14-6 in Norfolk. UMES went on to the championship game that season after a semifinal win against Delaware State, falling to Bethune-Cookman in the title game.
UMES struck in the opening inning against NCCU starter Glen Frye (4-6). The Hawks got first and second with two out after a Tre-von Johnson (East New Market, Md.) double and a James Newsome (Mechanicsville, Md.) hit by pitch. Brandon Schott (Warren, Pa.) followed with a RBI single to center, scoring Johnson for an early 1-0 UMES advantage.
N.C. Central got tied the game up in the bottom half of the frame against UMES starter Jacob Foreman (Little Orleans, Md.) (6-5). After the Eagles loaded the bases with one out, Carter Williamson walked to push Tyson Simpson home. Foreman induced a popup and ground out to finish the inning with a 1-1 tie.
The designated home team took its first lead in the bottom of the second. Tyler Murphy singled, advancing to second and third on a sacrifice bunt and ground out respectively. Simpson singled to score Murphy for a 2-1 Eagles lead.
After Troy Marrow got an infield single in the third, NCCU was held without a hit for the rest of the game by the UMES pitching staff.
In the top of the fourth, UMES tied the game again. After Schott singled, Jeffrey Fleetwood (Delmar, Del.) reached on a fielding error by the third baseman to put first and second with two out. Next batter, Zach Townsend (Salisbury, Md.) singled to bring in Schott for a 2-2 game.
The Eagles got three runs in the bottom of the fifth to take the lead. Luis Diaz reached on an error to lead off. Marrow and Williamson were both hit by pitches to loaded the bases. With Ross Plummer batting, a wild pitch allowed Diaz to score. Plummer walked to reload the bases. Michael Romano grounded out to third to score Marrow, followed by a Tyler Murphy sacrifice fly to left to bring home Williamson to give NCCU a three-run lead after five innings.
From there, the UMES bats got red hot. Johnson led off the top of the sixth with a single up the middle. Newsome followed with a double to the left field wall to score Johnson. After Schott struck out, Fleetwood reached base on a dropped third strike. Townsend hit a second RBI single of the game to score Newsome. Joshua James (Milford, Del.) ground the ball to the pitcher, but a throwing error to second allowed all runners to be safe, scoring Fleetwood to tie the game. Shaquille Bagwell (Atlantic, Va.) legged out an infield single to third to load the bases again. Following, Stephen Bull (Millsboro, Del.) drilled a ground ball up the middle for a base hit, scoring two runs. Byron Campbell (Waldorf, Md.) continued the inning with a RBI single off reliever Jacob Russell to bring in Bagwell to complete the six-run inning, giving UMES an 8-5 lead.
As NCCU tried to respond, Zachary Saca (Elk Grove, Calif.) came on in relief and pitched a scoreless couple of innings to keep the Eagles off the scoreboard.
In the eighth, UMES loaded the bases with just one out. Newsome got a second RBI plate appearance with a sacrifice fly to left to score Bull. Schott followed with his fourth hit of the day, bringing in Campbell to put UMES in double digits 10-5.
The Hawks padded their lead in the final inning. With the bases full again with just one away, Campbell doubled to deep center, scoring Townsend and Bagwell from scoring position. Johnson followed up with a sacrifice fly to left to get Bull across the plate as UMES built a 13-5 advantage, the eventual final score.
Foreman earned the victory, pitching 5.1 innings with five runs, only three earned, in his start. Saca threw two-and-two-thirds in relief without a hit allowed, striking out four. Bernard Parker (Waldorf, Md.) finished the game with a scoreless ninth, getting two strikeouts.
The loss went to Frye, with eight runs, only three of them earned, charged and nine strikeouts in 5.1 innings.
In all, five Hawks had multi-hits days and five had a multi-RBI game. Schott earned four hits in five at bats, earning two RBI with a run scored. Campbell finished 2-for-5 with a double and three RBI. Townsend also got two hits, adding a pair of RBI and a run. Bull reached base three times with two hits and walk in five at bats, scoring twice and driving in two more. Newsome had two RBI while Johnson went 3-for-5 with two runs.
Murphy led the Eagles with a 1-for-2 day, scoring once and getting an RBI. Simpson also had a run and an RBI, going 1-for-3.
The Hawks will face Delaware State tomorrow a half an hour after the conclusion of Bethune-Cookman vs. Norfolk State at Miller Field.