PRINCESS ANNE, Md.- ? Senior Stephen Bull (Millsboro, Del.) was 5-for-5 to post a career-high in hits as the University of Maryland Eastern Shore baseball team posted an 8-7 victory over the Naval Academy on Wednesday afternoon. The win was the second consecutive for UMES over Navy as the Hawks swept the season series with the Midshipmen. The Hawks defeated Navy yesterday for the first time in nearly 20 years.
UMES (6-17) opened the scoring when junior Greg Turlik (Gaithersburg, Md.) registered a sacrifice fly to score sophomore Mike Escanilla (Waldorf, Md.), who reached on an error to start the inning. The Hawks extended their lead to five in the second when Bull singled home a pair, before senior Byron Campbell (Waldorf, Md.) tripled home two more the following at-bat.
Following another scoreless inning thrown by sophomore Will Turley (Greensboro, Md.), UMES used a sacrifice fly by junior Joshua James (Milford, Del.) to up their advantage to 6-0. Navy got on the scoreboard with three unearned runs in the sixth, but UMES countered the Midshipmen push with another in the bottom of the inning. The Hawks took their 7-3 lead into the sixth as the two teams went quiet over the next two innings. A solo shot by Navy?s Kash Manzelli in the seventh brought the game to within three.
The Hawks looked to add to their tally later that inning but Andrew Bartek fanned two with the bases loaded to keep UMES at bay.
The Hawks were led in game by Bull?s five hits, but the senior also had two RBI and one run. He was one of three Hawks to post multi-hit games as Campbell and freshman Justin Dattilo (Pittsburgh, Pa.) were each 2-for-4.Campbell ripped his first triple of the year and three Hawks had two RBI.
Turley (1-3) fired seven innings of eight-hit ball, while junior Devin Repine (Salisbury, Md.) threw two innings to notch his second save of the year.
Manzelli led the Mids with two hits, including a homer. Robert Currie was 2-for-3 with one run, while Travis Blue and Manzelli each had two RBI. The Mids had four players register two hits on the day and made two errors overall. Brian Wickoff (0-1) was saddled with the loss after allowing five earned runs in 2.1 innings of work.
UMES returns to action this weekend when the Hawks stay at home to host Norfolk State in a three-game series. The men will open the series with a doubleheader on Saturday with the first pitch set for 1 p.m.