Jeffrey Fleetwood hit the first UMES home run on Friday.

Feb. 18, 2012

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BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. - UMES led in each end of the opening day doubleheader against Gardner-Webb, but fell 11-4 in game one and 8-4 in the second game on Friday.

Out of the gate with two outs and Tre-Von Johnson (East New Market, Md.) on first in game one, Jeffrey Fleetwood (Delmar, Del.) drilled a fastball off the right-center field scoreboard for a two-run home run off Brock Wilson (1-0), giving UMES an early 2-0 lead.

Jacob Foreman (Little Orleans, Md.) (0-1) started the game with a 1-2-3 inning against Gardner-Webb, but ran into a tough second frame. With the bases loaded and two out, Ryan Hodge walked followed by a grand slam by Benji Jackson to give Gardner-Webb a 5-2 lead. The Bulldogs followed with two more off a two-run double from Adam McFarland for a 7-2 advantage.

The Bulldogs scored three more in the bottom of the third off a pair of errors and a Dusty Quattlebaum RBI double to go up 10-2.

In the top of the seventh, Fleetwood led off with a single, followed by a double by James Newsome (Mechanicsville, Md.) for second and third with no out. Malik Wylie (Bronx, N.Y.) followed with an RBI ground out to bring in Fleetwood to cut the deficit to 10-3.

The UMES bullpen of Jesus Hernandez (Haverstraw, N.Y.), Devin Repine (Salisbury, Md.) and Alex Welch (Baltimore, Md.) combined to allow just one run in five innings, giving UMES a chance to come back. Gardner-Webb got an RBI double in the seventh from Alex Newman to score Henry Rundio to lead 11-3.

The Hawks got a run back in the ninth off a Newsome RBI ground out to bring in Johnson, but could not close the gap and fell 11-4 in game one.

In game two, the Bulldogs struck first in the bottom of the second with a two-run double by Ryan Allen to give the home team a 2-0 advantage.

With one out in the fifth, UMES's bats got going. Byron Campbell (Waldorf, Md.) singled up the middle, stealing second in the next at bat. Johnson followed by reaching on an error by the shortstop, bringing in Campbell for the team's first run. Fleetwood reached on an error by the first baseman, putting runners on second and third. Next batter, Newsome rocketed a ground ball into center to bring home two runs on the single and give UMES a 3-2 lead, advancing to second on the throw. He was followed by an RBI single by Wylie to bring home Newsome and push UMES's lead to two 4-2.

Gardner-Webb got a run back in the fifth with a MacFarland sac fly to bring in Rundio to get within one 4-3.

In the sixth, the Bulldogs pieced together three straight RBI hits by John Harris, Hodge and Allen in succession, with just two runs being earned, to take the lead 6-4.

After Harris got a seventh inning RBI sacrifice fly and Scott Coleman hit an RBI ground out in the next frame, UMES managed to get the tying run on deck in the ninth down four, but could not bridge the gap and fell 8-4.

Andrew Barnett (1-0) won game two in a relief appearance, throwing two and two-thirds innings, while Zachary Saca (Elk Grove, Calif.) (0-1) got the loss.

Johnson combined to hit 4-for-8 in the doubleheader, stealing two bases and scoring three runs. Newsome went 3-for-9 with three runs batted in and a double. Fleetwood reached base safely five times, including his two-run home run and three walks.

UMES will finish the series against Gardner-Webb on Saturday with a 1:00 p.m. game at John Henry Moss Stadium.



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