UMES HEADS TO LEXINGTON TO COMPETE IN VMI TOURNAMENT
Feb. 22, 2013
LEXINGTON, Va. - After the games were moved to avoid inclement weather, UMES rides to Lexington, Virginia to play in four games over three days at Gray-Minor Stadium. The Hawks will play Buffalo on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and host Virginia Military Institute on Sunday at 4 p.m. Then on Monday, UMES plays both, Buffalo at 12:30 p.m. and VMI at 4 p.m., to conclude the play.
UMES comes into Saturday at 1-1 after a weekend at Winthrop. Buffalo, a member of the Mid-American Conference, stands at 1-2 and VMI, representing the Big South Conference, is currently 0-4.
The Hawks return to Lexington for the first time since March 2010, being swept by VMI in a three-game set. This is UMES's first games against Buffalo since 2006 when the Hawks took two of three in a home series in February.
UMES BASEBALL PREDICTED TO FINISH THIRD IN MEAC NORTH
UMES received 143 points in the voting. Delaware State has been predicted to repeat as division champions, earning 17 first-place votes for 213 points. Norfolk State got one first-place vote and is predicted to take second with 163 points and Coppin State is in fourth with 131 points.
Reigning MEAC champion Bethune-Cookman earned all 18 first-place votes and is predicted to win the conference's Southern Division.
LAST TIME OUT: UMES SPLITS SERIES AT WINTHROP
On the pitching end, Jesus Hernandez allowed just one hit and no runs in his opening day start in five innings. Bernard Parker earned the win in game two with 3.2 scoreless innings in relief, with Devin Repine throwing a scoreless ninth for the save.
Tre-von Johnson hit safely in both games, going .500 with a double and two stolen bases. Mike Escanilla scored three times with three hits, while Thomas Gray went 2-for-4 on Sunday with three RBI.
Pedro Swann TAKES OVER AS UMES HEAD COACH
Swann brings a wealth of baseball experience to Princess Anne, playing in the professional ranks for 17 years from 1991 to 2007. He played for Delaware State from 1989-1991, earning all-conference honors all three years and hitting .421 with 26 home runs in his career.
2012 IN REVIEW
Tre-von Johnson: ALL-TIME HITS LEADER AT UMES
UMES WINS EARLY
That season, UMES was led by senior outfielder Mandell Marsh, who hit .395 with 30 stolen bases. Junior outfielder Faheem Hammett hit .337 with 11 home runs, five triples and 54 runs batted in.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS:
At the dish, redshirt-freshman Tyler Mautner went 5-for-11 in the team's opening series with two doubles. Junior outfielder Thomas Richards has the team's lone home run, going 4-for-11 last weekend with four walks.
Tournament host VMI is looking for its first win after three losses to Alabama and a mid-week defeat to Richmond. On the hill for VMI will be redshirt-senior Jeremy Brown, who will make his first appearance of the season, and junior southpaw Campbell Henkel, who allowed six runs in a defeat against the Crimson Tide.
Batting for the Keydets includes sophomore shortstop Nick Dwyer, who is hitting .500 with a pair of stolen bases. Senior center fielder Rob Dickinson has two doubles and four runs driven in, hitting .412 this season.
Campbell hit .379 with eight home runs and 44 RBI with the Sherrill Silversmiths to be named a New York Collegiate Baseball League All-Star. Saca pitched for the Auburn Wildcats in the Pacific West Baseball League, earning All-Star honors with a 3.12 ERA in 63.1 innings, going 5-2 in 15 appearances. For the Lexington Chops, Schott hit .386 with four home runs and 20 RBI to be named a Carolina-Virginia Collegiate League All-Star.
HAWKS BASEBALL RETURNS TO WGOP 540 AM
NOTHING ESCAPES ESCANILLA