UMES SPLITS COUPLE OF ONE-RUN GAMES TO COPPIN STATE
April 27, 2013
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - UMES and Coppin State played a pair of nailbiters on Saturday, with the Hawks winning game one 3-2 and the Eagles taking the second contest 5-4. UMES goes to 8-37 overall and 4-16 in the MEAC while Coppin State now stands at 13-28 this season and 8-12 in conference play.
In game one, Coppin State got an early advantage on UMES with an Ian Arciaga sacrifice fly in the second and an Alex Brown RBI single in the fourth against UMES starter James Smith (Florence, S.C.) (1-4) to take a 2-0 lead.
UMES got on the board in the bottom of the fourth against CSU starter Shane Davies (3-6). Mike Escanilla (Waldorf, Md.) grounded a double down the left field line. After getting to third, he scored on a Brandon Schott (Warren, Pa.) sacrifice fly to make it 2-1 CSU.
With two out in the bottom of the sixth, Byron Campbell (Waldorf, Md.) got hit by a pitch and took second on a wild pitch. Next batter, Jeffrey Fleetwood (Delmar, Del.) grounded a single up the middle to bring in Campbell and tie the game.
Next inning, Malik Wylie (Bronx, N.Y.) got hit by a pitch and took third on an Escanilla sacrifice bunt. The next at bat, Joshua James (Milford, Del.) crushed a ball to right-center for a double, scoring Wylie and giving UMES a 3-2 lead.
Smith earned his first collegiate win of his UMES career, going seven innings with just two runs allowed. Repine picked up his fourth save of the season with a scoreless ninth. The loss went to Davies, who had three runs charged in six innings.
Into game two, Coppin State scored a pair of times off UMES starter Will Turley (Greensboro, Md.) (1-4) in the opening inning off a David Hamlett RBI single and a reach-on-error by Jack Kraft to push the visitors up 2-0.
UMES responded in the bottom of the third against CSU starter Anderson Burgess (2-3). UMES got two players in scoring position off a Dustin Aigner (Melfa, Va.) walk and Stephen Bull (Millsboro, Del.) double. Escanilla hit a sacrifice fly to center to bring in Aigner, and after a Tre-von Johnson (East New Market, Md.) single put runners on the corners, another sacrifice fly, one from Campbell, tied the game at two.
Both sides scored in the fourth to make it 3-3.
In the top of the fifth, CSU loaded the bases with one out. A Turley wild pitch allowed Hamlett to score and give the Eagles back the lead 4-3. CSU added one more in the next inning on a Hamlett sacrifice fly to go up 5-3.
With two away in the following half-inning, Connor Breslin (Saylorsburg, Pa.) grounded a single to left. James earned another RBI hit with a triple on a fly ball to left-center, bringing in Breslin and pulling UMES within one.
In the bottom of the seventh, the Hawks got a man on third with two out against closer Michael Roberts, but stranded him as the Eagles held on for a 5-4 win to split the doubleheader.
In the second contest, Burgess got the win with four runs in 5.2 innings. Roberts earned his fifth save of 2013 by pitching the final 1.1 frames. Turley got the loss with five runs charged, only three earned, in six innings.
James finished the doubleheader with a pair of RBI on a triple and a double, going 2-for-5 with a stolen base in the game. Breslin finished 2-for-5, scoring two runs.
For the Eagles, Kraft reached base seven times off a 5-for-7 day, including a walk and two stolen bases. Hamlett finished the day going 3-for-6 with two runs and a pair of RBI.
UMES and Coppin State will play a rubber match on Sunday at noon for Senior Day at Hawks Stadium.
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