UMES 2012 SEASON ENDS AFTER MEAC TOURNAMENT DEFEAT TO DELAWARE STATE 7-2
May 19, 2012
NORFOLK, Va. - The Maroon and Grey were defeated by Delaware State 7-2 to finish a strong conference tournament and 2012 season. The Hawks finish the year at 14-39, while Delaware State goes to 39-16-1.
With two victories in the MEAC Tournament, UMES finishes with 14 wins this season, tying the 2008 team for the most victories in a season since 2006, when the Hawks won 17 games.
Delaware State struck early against UMES starter James Smith (Florence, S.C.) (0-6), connecting with a Ryan Haas single to score Scott Davis for a 1-0 start in the bottom of the first.
The Hornets added one in the next inning off a Tony Gatto single to left to bring in JP Frey, followed by two more runs in the third off consecutive RBI singles by Aaron Nardone and Gatto for a 4-0 Hornets lead.
UMES looked to change the momentum in the middle innings. In the fourth, Malik Wylie (Bronx, N.Y.) hit a sacrifice fly with the bases full and one out, scoring Tre-Von Johnson (East New Market, Md.) and cutting into the deficit 4-1.
On the pitching side, Jacob Foreman (Little Orleans, Md.) went through the Delaware State order 1-2-3 in the bottom of the fourth.
The Hawks continued to chip away in the top of the fifth. With first and second and one away, Byron Campbell (Waldorf, Md.) singled to left to bring in Stephen Bull (Millsboro, Del.), pulling UMES within two 4-2.
Despite another 1-2-3 inning by Foreman in the fifth, the Hawks could not get closer. The Hornets got the runs back in the sixth off a Troy Drummond sacrifice fly and Gatto scoring on a throwing error to put DSU's lead back to four, 6-2.
Zachary Saca (Elk Grove, Calif.) pitched a shutout seventh inning for the Hawks, but the Hornets sealed the game in the bottom of the eighth off a Cameron Cecil RBI single for an eventual final score of 7-2.
Delaware State starter Bobby Brown (2-1) earned the victory, throwing 7.1 innings with two runs allowed. Tommy Dill finished the game, pitching the final one-and-two-thirds.
The loss went to Smith with four runs charged and three strikeouts in 2.2 innings. Foreman, in his final appearance as a Hawk, pitched two-and-a-third, allowing two runs, just one earned, with a pair of strikeouts. Saca went 2.2 innings, allowing only an unearned run with two Ks.
Campbell and Johnson each went 3-for-5 for UMES, with the former getting an RBI and the latter scoring a run. Wylie was 2-for-3 with an RBI.
Gatto led the Hornets with a 2-for-3 day, getting two RBI and a run. Haas also was 2-for-3, earning a run, RBI and a walk.
Before UMES fell to Delaware State, the Hornets eliminated North Carolina A&T with a 4-2 victory. Bethune-Cookman will face Delaware State for the conference championship on Sunday at 9:00 a.m.