March 18, 2009

Box Score

DURHAM, N.C. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore baseball team dropped a doubleheader to Duke, 12-4 and 5-2, at Jack Coombs Field Wednesday.

The Blue Devils (12-6) have won three of four games while the Hawks (2-17) dropped their 11th and 12th consecutive contests.

UMES battled back from an early four-run deficit in game one to tie it 4-4 in the fifth and stayed in the second game until the end. The Hawks registered 17 hits on the day, including 10 in game one.

Duke took a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first, loading the bases on a walk and a pair of singles by Matt Williams and Nate Freiman. Jeremy Gould scored Alex Hassan with a sacrifice fly to center and Gabriel Saade followed with a two-RBI single down the left field line. Saade eventually came around to score on a wild pitch by Hawks' starter Karim Gonzalez (Mexico City, Mexico).

Gonzalez settled down for the rest of his outing and kept the Blue Devils off the board before exiting in the third in favor of lefty John DesChamps (Virginia Beach, Va.). Gonzalez gave up four runs on four hits and three walks.

UMES cut the lead to 4-3 in the fourth off of reliever Ben Grisz. Josh Dunham (Des Moines, Iowa) walked to start the inning followed by singles from Pat Hercinger (Papillion, Neb.) and Russel Deutchmann (Baden Ontario). Ben Vasko (San Diego, Calif.) came through with an RBI single, scoring Dunham and Hercinger.

Tyler Love (Palmyra, Pa.) then worked a walk that forced Deutchmann in from third. The Hawks knotted the game in the top of the fifth at four when Dunham came in from third on a double-play ball to short by Deutchmann.



Freiman gave the Blue Devils the lead again, 5-4, with a leadoff home run to left in the bottom of the inning.

Trevor Cesar added another solo shot to left-center field off of DesChamps to start the sixth and Williams came around to score in the seventh after reaching on a throwing error by Remo Orsini (Elkton, Md.).

Duke broke the game open with five in the eighth, including a three-run blast by Freiman, his second homer of the game, which made it 12-4.

Kyle Butler, the third of four game one pitchers for Duke, improved to 1-0 with the win. He went three innings, giving up just one hit with a strikeout. Will Currier pitched the ninth for his first save of the season.

DesChamps (1-4) took the loss for the Hawks, going 5.1 innings and surrendering six runs on eight hits while striking out two.

Vasko led UMES at the plate in the first game, going 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs. Hercinger also had two hits with a walk and a run scored.

Saade was 3-for-4 with a run and three RBIs, while Freiman went 3-for-5 with four RBIs and three runs with the two homers.

The Hawks took a 1-0 lead in the first inning of game two. Phil Vaughn (Clinton, Md.) singled to center to start inning and stole second. Vaughn moved to third on Hercinger's single and came in on a double play hit into by Elliott Alston (Littleton, Colo.).

Duke took the lead with two runs in their half of the first. Gould lifted a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Hassan and Eric Pfisterer scored Cesar with a fielder's choice to short.

Dennis O'Grady scored the Blue Devils third run in the second inning. He reached on a single and throwing error by Alston before coming around on an RBI groundout by Ryan McCurdy.

Duke extended its lead to 4-1 in the third on a sacrifice fly from Jake Lemmerman that scored Gould.

Alston cut into the Duke lead with a homer to left off of reliever John Bunder to make it 4-2 in the sixth.

Will Piwnica-Worms restored the Blue Devils' three-run lead in the seventh when he knocked in Lemmerman from second with an RBI single to make it 5-2.

The Hawks threatened in the last of the ninth as Bryan Chaikowsky (Bethlehem, Pa.) and pinch hitter Jorge Pichardo (La Vega, Dominican Republic) both reached with hits with one out but Orsini grounded into a double play to end the game. Jonathan Foreman (1-1) went five innings for the win, surrendering just three hits and a run with five walks and strikeouts. David Putman came on in the ninth to get his first save.

Deutchmann fell to 0-3 with the loss. He went six innings and gave up five runs and nine hits with a walk and strikeout.

Chaikowsky had the only multiple-hit game for the Hawks in the nightcap he was 2-for-3 with two singles and a walk. For Duke Hassan was 3-for-5 with a run. Lemmerman was 2-for-3 with an RBI and run scored.

The Hawks return home to face Coppin State for three game starting Saturday at noon with a doubleheader.

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