Byron Campbell had four hits and two stolen bases on Monday.

Feb. 25, 2013

Final Stats

LEXINGTON, Va. - Despite Byron Campbell earning four hits on Monday, UMES fell in a pair of games to complete the VMI Tournament on Monday. The Hawks fell to Buffalo 6-3 after a ninth-inning surge by the Bulls and 17-4 to host VMI. UMES falls to 1-5 on the season.

In the top of the first, Buffalo got a pair of runs, both unearned off Jordan Bone (Pittston, Pa.). Jon Mestas scored on a throwing error from third, while Alex Baldock hit an RBI single to left to bring in Jason Kanzler and make it a 2-0 Bulls lead.

A pitching duel ensued between the two teams. Bone pitched 2.2 innings on a pitch count and did not allow an earned run. James Smith (Florence, S.C.) (0-1) came in relief and pitched strongly, while Mike Burke was strong on Buffalo's mound.

In the sixth with the score still 2-0, UMES finally broke through. Malik Wylie (Bronx, N.Y.) drew a walk to begin the inning. Two batters later, Campbell (Waldorf, Md) doubled to put runners on second and third with one away. Jeffrey Fleetwood (Delmar, Del.) doubled down the first base line, scoring two and tying the game. After Brandon Schott (Warren, Pa.) singled to put runners on the corners, Joshua James (Milford, Del) also singled on a line drive to left, scoring Fleetwood and giving UMES a 3-2 lead.

In the next half inning, Buffalo tied the game on a Baldock sacrifice fly, scoring Mestas for a 3-3 contest.



Into the ninth, UMES nearly got out of the top half of the inning as the Bulls got first and third with two outs. But Baldock reached on a fielding error at third, allowing Jon Topps to score. Next batter, Mautner drove in two on a double to left, pushing Buffalo up 6-3.

UMES was only able to get one hit in the bottom of the ninth, a single by Connor Breslin (Saylorsburg, Pa.), as the Bulls won 6-3.

In the first game, the UMES pitching staff combined to allow just one earned run. Smith got the loss despite a strong six inning performance, allowing four runs, just one earned. The win went to Buffalo reliever Ben Hartz (1-0), who pitched a scoreless eighth. River McWilliams got a save after not allowing a run in the ninth.

In the later game, VMI attacked Bernard Parker (Waldorf, Md.) (1-1) early with four runs in the first inning, all coming on RBI plate appearances. The Keydets added two more in the second, capped by a Brandon Angus RBI single, to take an early 6-0 advantage.

UMES countered in the top of the third. Tim Gray (Dover, Del.) and Dustin Aigner (Melfa, Va.) earned back-to-back walks to open the inning. Mike Escanilla (Waldorf, Md.) then bunted a single, and on a subsequent throwing error by pitcher Campbell Henkel (1-1), all runners moved up, including Gray scoring. James followed up with a single to center, scoring Aigner. Next batter, Campbell flew out to left for a sacrifice fly, scoring Escanilla and cutting the UMES deficit in half 6-3 after the third.

But the momentum was short-lived, as VMI added five more in the third, including a Red Dowdell two-run single, and another in the fourth to push the lead to 12-3.

The Hawks got a run back in the top of the fifth. On a dropped third strike, Escanilla got all the way to second on a throwing error by the catcher. Two batters later he was brought home on a Campbell single to left to make the score 12-4 VMI.

The Keydets kept going, adding two runs in the following half-inning and three more in the sixth to take a 17-4 advantage.

Michael Epps (Pottstown, Pa.) came in relief for UMES in the seventh and threw two consecutive 1-2-3 innings for the Hawks and stopping the VMI hitting.

But UMES could not muster any more runs and fell to the tournament host 17-4.

The loss went to Parker, being charged with nine runs in 2.1 innings. Henkel picked up the win, going six innings in his start with four strikeouts.

Campbell finished the day going 4-for-7, including a double, a pair of RBI and two stolen bases. James drove in two runs with a 2-for-7 performance.

UMES will return to Princess Anne to take on Lehigh in the home opener on Wednesday at noon for a doubleheader at Hawks Stadium.

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