UMES ANNOUNCES 2011 BASEBALL NEWCOMERS
Feb. 1, 2011
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - University of Maryland Eastern Shore baseball head coach Will Gardner announced Tuesday a class of 12 newcomers to the program. The group consists of five pitchers, five infielders and two outfielders.
Joining the Hawks are junior-college transfers Jacob Foreman (Little Orleans, Md.) and James Newsome (Mechanicsville, Md.), sophomore Brent Lewis (Salisbury, Md.) and true freshmen Stephen Bull (Millsboro, Del.), Byron Campbell (Waldorf, Md.), Cody Cauffman (Salisbury, Md.), Jeffrey Fleetwood (Delmar, Md.), Jordan McDougal (Oxon Hill, Md.), Bernard Parker (Waldorf, Md.), Zachary Saca (Elk Grove, Calif.), Tyler Witte (Westminster, Md.) and Sean Woods (Clinton, Md.).
Foreman, a 6-foot-3, 195-pound right-handed pitcher, comes to UMES after playing two seasons at Allegany College of Maryland. He went 5-1 with a 3.74 ERA in nine games and 43.1 innings as last season and was 1-2 as a freshman in helping his team qualify for the Junior College World Series in Enid, Okla.
"Jacob adds more leadership from experience to our pitching staff," said Gardner."He's been a part of a quality program at Allegany and expecting him to lead some of our younger student-athletes into a competitive environment."
Newsome played junior-college baseball for the College of Southern Maryland on the infield. At 5-foot-10 and 195 pounds he is expected to be the everyday shortstop. Newsome won the Triple Crown award in 2009 and was second on the team in runs (29), RBIs (28) and home runs (four).
Newsome won the team's Coaches' Award and Male Athlete of the Year at Southern Maryland.
"Jamie is electric. He plays with a very calm intensity," Gardner said. "He enjoys being on the field. I can see his energy being contagious throughout the dugout."
Lewis enters UMES as a sophomore, having earned seven letters in three sports at Mardela High School. Lewis, a 5-8, 220-pound first baseman, he named was to three All-Bayside Conference teams in four seasons of baseball. Lewis was the team in home runs and RBIs, four and three years, respectively.
Lewis will provide power off the bench.
"Brent's been a great surprise for us," Gardner said. "He can generate bat speed very easily. It's going to be fun watching him swing this season."
Bull, 5-6, 165-pounder from Sussex Central High School in Millsboro, Del., is a speedy outfielder. He led his team in stolen bases and was in the top-3 in batting average all for years. Bull went errorless in the field in as a junior and senior at Sussex Central and led his club team, in hits, doubles and steals as a junior.
"Stevie is fun to watch, he has some graceful tendencies in the outfield," Gardner said. "Once he overcomes some freshman flaws, he's going to be an excellent outfielder."
Campbell earned eight letters in baseball, football and basketball at McDonough High School. He was named first team all-conference and team MVP in both baseball and football. Campbell, a 5-foot-10, 205-pound outfielder, led the baseball team in batting average, home runs, RBI stolen bases, assists and hits while breaking school records for batting average and home runs.
Campbell will be looked upon to provide pop in the middle of the lineup.
"Watch out for Byron," said Gardner. "He has a desire to succeed that is unmatched. He's learning more about the game at this level every day. Time will determine when he becomes a player of interest."
Cauffman was a 2010 Bayside Senior All-Star at Parkside High School, playing eight different positions. His team won the Bayside South in 2008 and was regional champions in 2007, 2009 and 2010.
At 6-foot-4 and 185 pounds, Cauffman will see most of his time up the middle as a defensive replacement, but could also serve in the same capacity on the corners and behind the plate.
"Cody is going to be a big factor for us. His versatility is going to play a huge role throughout the season, regardless of where he is playing," said Gardner.
Fleetwood is a 6-foot-3 235-pound infielder from Delmar High School. He earned All-Henlopan Conference honors as a first baseman in 2009 and 2010.
Fleetwood was named team MVP as a junior and senior, hitting .361, leading team in home runs (five) and RBI (28) as a senior.
He is expected to compete for a corner-infield spot.
"Jeff's a big body," said Gardner. "Once he learns to recognize pitches a little better, he's going to be an exciting hitter to watch."
McDougal earned letters in baseball soccer and football at Oxon Hill High School With solid leadership qualities, the 5-7, 195-pound McDougal was team captain as a senior on baseball and soccer teams.
He pitched a three-hitter against Laurel High School and had a four-hit, five-RBI game against Parkdale High School as a senior.
"Jordan brings the right attitude to the table," said Gardner. "He understands his position and what it's going to take to make him better."
Parker earned four letters at DeMatha Catholic High School. His team went to the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship in 2008. The 5-10, 210-pound right-handed pitcher played for American Legion Post 66 and in the National Amateur Baseball Federation World Series in Jackson, Miss., leading the team in innings pitched.
"Bernard just needs to keep playing," Gardner said. "The more repetitions he gets, the more he becomes accustomed to the speed of the game."
Saca is a 6-foot, 180-pound right-handed pitcher. He helped Franklin High School to two 20-win seasons, earning Defensive Player of the Year as a sophomore.
Saca boasted a 32-4 strikeout-to-walk ratio as a senior and holds Franklin's single-season ERA record (1.11).
"We will lean a lot on Zach this season. He will be competing for the third spot in the weekend rotation or be in long relief," Gardner said. "Regardless of his role, we can already tell that he's going to be an asset based upon his presence on the mound."
Witte joins his brother senior Matt Witte (Westminster, Md.) on the UMES pitching staff this season. The younger Witte was second team all-conference and second team all-county as a sophomore at Winters Mill High School.
At 6-3 and 190, he was also second team all-conference as a junior while being first team all-conference and second team all-county as a senior.
Witte led the team in strikeouts for three seasons, wins once and ERA twice.
"Tyler's an interesting topic," said Gardner. "He's very competitive and has shown signs of being an intimidating presence. Experience will be a key part of his success."
Woods was an ESPN Rise Top-50 Area Player as a right-handed pitcher. At 5-11 and 185 he was also all-county, team MVP and Most Improved at Oxon Hill High School.
"Sean just needs time, practice, and experience," Gardner said. "Those tools will help Sean go a long way down his athletic path."
UMES opens the 2011 season Feb. 18-20 in Forest City, N.C., against Appalachian State.