LEXINGTON, Va. The University of Maryland Eastern Shore baseball team opened up the VMI Tournament with a loss to the University of Buffalo, 11-1, on Friday afternoon at Gray Minor Stadium. The game is the first of four for UMES in the tournament as they will participate in action throughout the weekend.
UMES (0-6) and Buffalo (4-0) were each scoreless through the first two innings. Junior Chipper Smith (Florence, S.C.) found himself in jams both innings but was able to escape with good pitches to keep the Bulls bats at bay. Buffalo finally got on the board in the third when the Bulls rallied with two outs to take a 2-0 lead.
Buffalo upped its lead to 6-0 with four runs in the fourth, before scoring another two in the fifth. Down by eight, the Hawks finally got on the board in the bottom of the fifth. Senior Byron Campbell (Waldorf, Md.) singled to open the frame and stole second the following batter. Campbell moved to third on a groundout by junior Greg Turlik (Gaithersburg, Md.) and came to score the following hitter when freshman Justin Dattilo (Pittsburgh, Pa.) singled to right.
The tally was as close as UMES would get the rest of the way. The Hawks allowed two runs in the eighth and one in the ninth to conclude the ballgame. The Hawks sent a trio of relievers to the hill after Smith with sophomore Jordan Bone (Pittston, Pa.) taking over for UMES in the fourth. Bone went 1.1 innings, before giving way to senior Bernard Parker (Waldorf, Md.), who logged three innings. Sophomore Will Turley (Greensboro, Md.) closed out his second game of the year for UMES and conceded one run in one inning. Sophomore Connor Breslin (Saylorsburg, Pa.) led the Hawks with a 2-for-4 performance at the plate. Five other UMES hitters hit safely in the game with Dattilo logging the lone RBI. Buffalo was led by Jimmy Topps, who was 3-for-5 with three RBI and one run. Tyler Mautner had two hits with three RBI and two runs. Kevin Hughes picked up the win for the Bulls after gave up six hits and one run in six innings.
Buffalo had two relievers follow Hughes that held UMES scoreless the rest of the way. UMES returns to action tomorrow, March 1, with a game against VMI at 12:30 p.m. The game is the first of two against the Keydets over the weekend. The Hawks will send freshman Jesse Stinnett (Madison Heights, Va.) to the hill and VMI will counter with RHP Andrew Woods