PRINCESS ANNE, MD -- The Hawks celebrated Senior Day in style, walking off on a James Newsome sacrifice fly to defeat their arch-rival Delaware State 5-4 on Saturday. UMES improves to 12-37 on the season and finishes 11-13 in the MEAC, while Delaware State falls to 35-15-1 and 22-2 in conference play.
Before the game, UMES honored its four seniors, Jacob Foreman (Little Orleans, Md.), James Newsome (Mechanicsville, Md.), Shaquille Bagwell (Atlantic, Va.) and Karim Gonzalez (Mexico City, Mexico), with a ceremony on the field.
Gonzalez got the start for UMES, going through the Delaware State in order to start the game.
In the bottom of the first, Tre-Von Johnson (East New Market, Md.) hit an infield single down the third base line off DSU starter Zach Adkins. Newsome followed with a double off the left field wall, scoring Johnson and putting the Hawks up early 1-0.
Gonzalez dominated on the hill through the first five innings, allowing just two hits in that time and not allowing a runner past second. He added four strikeouts going into the sixth frame.
In the sixth, the Hornets rallied to take the lead. DSU loaded the bases with three consecutive singles to start the frame. Cameron Cecil reached on an error to third, allowing two runs to score. Ryan Haas followed with an RBI fielder's choice to short, bringing home Scott Davis to give the Hornets a 3-1 advantage.
The Hawks responded in the following half-inning. Stephen Bull (Millsboro, Del.) walked, going to third on a double by Byron Campbell (Waldorf, Md.). Next batter, Johnson singled to right to bring Bull and Campbell, tying the game at three.
Gonzalez finished the game with a no decision for UMES, throwing six innings with just three runs, only two earned, allowed with four strikeouts. Zachary Saca (Elk Grove, Calif.) came in for UMES, pitching a perfect seventh and eighth inning for the Hawks and keeping the game tied.
In the bottom of the eighth, UMES loaded the bases with one out off a Newsome single, a Malik Wylie (Bronx, N.Y.) hit by pitch and Jeffrey Fleetwood (Delmar, Del.) single to left. Dustin Aigner (Melfa, Va.) followed with a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Newsome to give UMES back the lead, 4-3.
Delaware State managed to tie the game in the top of the ninth off an unearned run against Bernard Parker (Waldorf, Md.) (2-1). With one out, Frey reached on an infield single to third. Following, Aaron Nardone singled to right to push Frey to third. Frey scored on the same play after a throwing error by the third baseman, tying the game at four. Parker got out of the inning with a tie game by inducing Tony Gatto to pop out and striking out Broehl.
In the bottom of the ninth, Stephen Bull walked against Chad Sturgeon (0-1) with one out to reach for the fifth time at the plate. With Campbell batting, Bull got to third on a wild pitch and a passed ball. Campbell and Johnson walked to load the bases. Newsome came up against reliever Bobby Brown and flew out to right field. Bull tagged and scored ahead of the throw from Gatto for a UMES walk-off victory, winning 5-4 over Delaware State.
Parker gets the victory for UMES, pitching the ninth having an unearned run and a strikeout.
Adkins gets a no decision in the start, allowing three runs in five innings with three strikeouts. The loss goes to Sturgeon, being charged with the winning run in one-third of an inning pitched.
Newsome finishes the day 2-for-3, including a double and two RBI. Johnson also got two RBI, going 2-for-4 with a walk. With three hits in as many at bats, Bull scored twice and walked twice for UMES.
Frey got three hits in four at bats, scoring the tying run in the ninth for Delaware State in the ninth. Troy Drummond went 2-for-4 from the leadoff spot with a run scored.
UMES will now prepare for the MEAC Tournament, taking on North Carolina Central in the first game on Wednesday, May 16th at 7:30 p.m.