PRINCESS ANNE, MD - Though UMES nearly had a sweep on Saturday, the Hawks had their best offensive output of the season in a 10-3 win over Lafayette, falling 7-6 in seven in the second game. UMES goes to 2-12, while Lafayette goes to 1-8.
The first game started with a pitching duel, with neither starter giving up a run in first three innings.
Lafayette struck first with a Zach Gross RBI single to score David Casey off UMES starter Chris Lopez (Vineland, N.J.) in the fourth, giving the visitors a 1-0 lead.
Next half-inning, UMES loaded the bases with nobody out against Lafayette starter Toby Schwartz (0-3). On Brandon Schott's (Warren, Pa.) ground ball double play, Malik Wylie (Bronx, N.Y.) scored to tie the game. Next batter, Joshua James (Milford, Del.) singled on a fly ball to right, bringing in Byron Campbell (Waldorf, Md.) and giving UMES a 2-1 advantage.
In the fifth, the Hawks struck again with multiple runs. With runners on the corners and no outs, Wylie hit a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Tim Gray (Dover, Del.). After Campbell reached on an error to put first and second, Jeffrey Fleetwood (Delmar, Del.) lined a single to right to bring in a run. Schott followed up with a sacrifice fly to allow Campbell to score, pushing the UMES lead to 5-1.
The Leopards got two runs back in the top of the sixth off a Scott Kelleher sacrifice fly and a Gross RBI single to make it 5-3. Zachary Saca (Elk Grove, Calif.) came in relief of Lopez and finished the inning to keep that score.
UMES responded in the following frame by getting its runs back and more. After Connor Breslin (Saylorsburg, Pa.) singled, Gray also knocked a single to right. On a fielding error on Gray's single, Breslin scored and Gray took second. Two batters after Wylie singled to put runners on the corners, Fleetwood came through with another RBI single to score Gray. Schott followed up with a single to score Wylie and push UMES up 8-3 after six innings.
The Hawks added a pair more in the seventh inning. James and Thomas Gray (Delmar, Del.) each singled and got to second and third. With two away, Mike Escanilla (Waldorf, Md.) reached on a fielding error by the shortstop, allowing both James and Gray to make the score 10-3 UMES.
Saca stayed strong on the hill and finished out the game with allowing a run to give UMES the win 10-3.
Lopez earned his first win of the season, going 5.2 innings with three runs, just two earned, in his first ever collegiate start. Saca got his first save of the season, going 3.1 scoreless innings and allowing just two hits. The loss went to Schwartz, being charged five runs in five innings with a pair of strikeouts.
In the next game, Lafayette again struck first, advancing Alex Nickles from first on a sacrifice bunt, ground out and a Tyler Hudson RBI single off Hawks starter Will Turley (Greensboro, Md.) to go ahead 1-0 after two-and-a-half innings.
Like the first contest, UMES got on the board in the fourth inning. After Campbell increased his hitting streak to 10 games with a double, Fleetwood was thrown ball four by starter Alex Farine to put runners on first and second. Dustin Aigner (Melfa, Va.) advanced them with a sacrifice bunt. James hit a fly ball single to left, scoring Campbell and tying the game at one.
Lafayette got the lead back in the fifth after Nickles scored on a wild pitch, pushing the Leopards up 2-1.
In the bottom half of the fifth, UMES surged ahead of its opponent. Escanilla earned a one-out triple on a ground ball to the right field corner. Wylie brought him home on a single to tie the game. After a fly out and a Fleetwood walk, Aigner reached on a catching error by the Lafayette right fielder, allowing Wylie to score. After a pitching change to bring in Cory Spera, a wild pitch allowed Fleetwood to score. James singled to left to bring in Aigner in the next at bat. After James stole second and reached third on a balk, Thomas Gray grounded a single to right to score James and push the Hawks to lead 6-2.
Next half-inning, the visitors put runners on the corners with no outs. Gross grounded out to first against Jordan Bone (Pittston, Pa.) to bring in a run, followed by a Campbell Lipe RBI single to pull the team within two. Lafayette added another with an RBI single by Andrew Ruck, but Devin Repine (Salisbury, Md.) induced a ground out the finish the inning with UMES leading 6-5.
Jackson Kramer walked to lead off the top of the seventh and was pinch run for by Andrew Landolfi. Repine got the next two batters to fly out. But next batter, Casey reached third on a fielding error by the center fielder, scoring Landolfi and tying the game. Next batter, Gross lined a single to left, scoring Casey and giving Lafayette a 7-6 lead.
The Hawks were not able to get back in the next half-inning and fell to the Leopards in the second game 7-6 to split the doubleheader.
Despite a strong start of five innings with two runs allowed, Turley did not get a decision. Repine got the loss, allowing two runs, both unearned, in the final 1.1 innings. Robert Tatum got the win after pitching a scoreless sixth, and Mitch Leeds picked up the save after a perfect seventh.
James brought in three runs in the twinbill, going 4-for-6 with two walks and a pair of runs. Campbell, Fleetwood and Escanilla all earned three hits in the game, while Schott had three RBI in the first game.
For Lafayette, Gross drove in four runs and went 3-for-8 in the day. Casey reached five times on Saturday, going 3-for-6 with two walks and four runs.
UMES and Lafayette will play another doubleheader on Sunday in the same format starting at noon.