HAMPTON, VA – The Owls Baseball team (0-4) had a comeback attempt fall short, as the heavy-hitting Apprentice School Builders (7-0) added some late runs to stay undefeated on the season with a 9-4 victory.
The Builders would get on the board early, as doubles by Robbie Watkins (SR, Newport News, VA) and Steve Hux (SR, Hampton, VA) would drive in runs. Cody Hendrickson (SO, Yorktown, VA) would help extend that lead in the third with a single up the middle that would drive in two more runs, putting the Owls down 4-0.
UMPI would finally get their offense going in the fifth, when Martin Egan (FR, East Bridgewater, MA) and Brad Patterson (FR, Harker Heights, TX) would single. Jesus Garcia (JR, Jewett City, CT) would rip a double into left field to score both runners to put the Owls down by just two.
The Apprentice School would respond immediately. With one out in the bottom of the fifth they would string together three hits and add a sacrifice fly to score two, putting UMPI down by four runs once again.
The Owls would add cut into that lead in the seventh, and a walk to Patterson and a single by Garcia would set the table. An error would plate one run, and with two outs, Angel Morales (FR, Windsor, CT) would beat out an infield single to drive in another run. UMPI would once again be down by just two runs.
The bottom of the eighth would put the Owls in a big hole. A one-out error would extend the inning, and the Builders would take advantage, plating three runs. The Owls would not be able to respond in the top of the ninth, and would drop their fourth game of the season.
Paul Jones (SO, Williamsburg, VA) would take the win on the mound for The Apprentice School. Matt Curry (JR, Caribou, ME) would go seven and one third for the Owls, striking out six and walking just two in the loss. Morales would finish the game two for four with an RBI, while Garcia would also go two for four. He would also score a run and drive in two.
The Owls continue their trip by taking on Bryant and Stratton College on Wednesday. First pitch is scheduled for 1 PM.