Feb. 25, 2008

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) didn't get the result Head Coach William Gardner was looking for. Instead of picking up one or more wins in their opening series to Rider University, they fell 11-6 in game three, dropping the series to the Broncs. The Hawks were down 6-4 in the bottom of the eighth inning but plated two runs to tie the game before the flood gates opened in the ninth inning with Rider posting five runs to secure the win.

The Hawk bats seemed to come to life early, something that had been lacking in the first two games of the series. The plated one run in the first as Josh Dunham hit a one out triple to left field. He would score on a Pat Hercinger ground out as UMES took a 1-0 lead.

The offense continued into the second inning as UMES jumped on Bronc starter Jimmer Kennedy. Russel Deutschmann would lead off the inning with a single to right. Tyler Love reached on a fielder's choice that allowed Deutschmann to be safe at second after on error by Kennedy. Freshmen Matt Witte hit a shot down the left field line, good enough for a double and Deutschmann scored. With Love now at third Derrick Baker would hit a Texas-leaguer over the second-baseman's head to plate Love and advance Witte to third. Remo Orsini would then hit into a double play but Witte would cross the plate for the third run and UMES was up 4-0.

Rider, who scored one run in the second, plated three in the fourth inning to tie the game. Sean Olson would pick up two RBI in the inning while Mason Heyne sacrifice-flied out to center to plate Steve Galella.

The Brons added a lone run in the fifth and seventh innings to take a 6-4 lead into the eighth inning. Patrick Devlin would enter for Rider but he wouldn't stay long. He would allow three hits, two earned runs and record no innings pitched. Dunham led-off against Devlin and hit a dribbler in front of the plate that died in the ground and allow him to reach with a single. Hercinger singled to right and Ryan Coppi singled through the right side to plate Dunham and move Hercinger to third. Devlin would leave and be replaced by Nate Eppley who balked in the tying run.

Eppley would pick up the win as he would finish out the inning and Rider posted five runs on three hits, three walks and a hit batsman.

Pitching proved to be the Hawks' undoing in game three. After a solid five innings from senior Ken Richardson and two innings from Dan Sterling, the exhausted Hawk bullpen turned to Jervonta' Wright. Wright, who saw his first collegiate action in the game, entered in the eighth and faced just four batters, walking one. Things turned sour in the ninth as he would give up walks and hits trying to protect the tie. He would account for two singles and three walks before giving way to Brian White.

All five runs would be charged to Wright, who took the loss. He walked four batters in an inning and a third

James Hayes pitched a scoreless ninth for the Brons, striking out all three Hawk hitters.

Dunham, Deutschmann and Coppi were all 2-4 on the day. Phil Vaughn, Hercinger, Witte and Baker all collected one hit apiece for a total of ten team hits. Hercinger, Coppi, Witte and Baker had on RBI each. Dunham scored twice.

For Rider Olson had the big day going 2-5 with a run and three RBI. John Ralston and A.J. Albee had two RBI each while Maurice Williams scored three runs. Galella crossed the plate twice. Albee was 3-6 with a run.

UMES now hosts Lehigh on Wednesday in a doubleheader scheduled for noon at Hawks Stadium.



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