UMES DEFEATED IN ROAD CONTEST TO WILMINGTON 14-4
April 4, 2013
NEW CASTLE, Del. - Despite a pair of RBI singles from Jeffrey Fleetwood, the Hawks fell to Wilmington 14-4 at Jim Sherman Sr. Stadium on Thursday. UMES now stands at 5-26 this season while Wilmington goes to 23-9.
With two outs in the top of the first, Tre-von Johnson (East New Market, Md.) reached on an infield single. Wilmington starter Jason Sietler struck out Byron Campbell (Waldorf, Md.), but Campbell reached first on a dropped third strike. Fleetwood (Delmar, Del.) lined a single to right to score Johnson and give the Hawks an early 1-0 lead.
The Wildcats countered in the bottom of the first. After Jordan Johnson led off with a single, Jon Castro lined a triple down the left field line for an RBI. Josh Hampton hit a sacrifice fly to right against starter James Smith (Florence, S.C.) to score Castro, pushing the home team ahead 2-1.
Next half-inning, Malik Wylie (Bronx, N.Y.) led off with a walk. Next batter, Connor Breslin (Saylorsburg, Pa.) belted a double down the left field line to score Wylie. Hitting a double next was Joshua James (Milford, Del.), bringing in Breslin and giving UMES back the lead 3-2.
The home team tied the game in the following half-inning after Brandon Payne hit a double, advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored two batters later on a Ryan Richards single to right.
In the bottom of the third, Wilmington took back the lead against UMES reliever Zachary Saca (Elk Grove, Calif.). The Wildcats scored three runs, capped by a Frank Samluk RBI single, for a 6-3 advantage.
Wilmington added a pair more in the bottom of the fourth on a Sam Giones two-run triple, then four runs in the fifth on a double steal and a Josh Hampton three-run home run to take a 12-3 lead.
UMES got a run back in the sixth inning. Stephen Bull (Millsboro, Del.) led off with a walk and took second on a wild pitch. After Johnson walked, Fleetwood hit a fly ball single down the left field line, scoring Bull and making the score 12-4 Wilmington.
On the hill, Michael Epps (Pottstown, Pa.) held down the Wildcats in the sixth and seventh innings without allowing a run.
The Hawks did not score again in the game as the Wildcats got two more on a Joe El-Bisi triple in the eighth as Wilmington took the win 14-4.
Neither starter decisioned in the game. Smith had three runs charged in two innings with a strikeouts, while Sietler also went two frames and surrendered three runs.
The win went to reliever Justin Risko (1-0), who went 1.2 innings without a run allowed. Saca got the loss with three runs in the third inning.
Fleetwood reached base three times on Thursday, going 2-for-3 with two RBI. Breslin also had a multi-hit day, going 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run. Campbell went 1-for-3 with two walks and a stolen base, extending his reached base streak to 28 consecutive games.
For the Wildcats, Hampton brought in four runs, including a three-run home run in a1-for-4 day. Joshua Johnson went 2-for-4 from the leadoff spot, scoring two runs.
This weekend, the Hawks return to conference play to take on in-state rival Coppin State. The two schools will play a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
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