Feb. 24, 2012
UMES Game Notes - Bulldog Classic
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - UMES (0-4) flies down to Huntsville, Alabama to compete in the Bulldog Classic, hosted by Southwestern Athletic Conference member Alabama A&M. The Hawks will play in three games in this invitational, facing host Alabama A&M (2-2) on Friday at 4 p.m., Indiana State (0-3) on Saturday morning at 10 a.m., and finishing with Western Illinois (1-3) on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. The games will be held at Joe Louis Stadium, home of the Huntsville Stars, the double-A minor league baseball affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers.
JOHNSON NAMED PRESEASON ALL-MEAC
The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference has announced that Hawks outfielder Tre-Von Johnson has been named to the 2012 Preseason All-MEAC Team. Last season as a sophomore, Johnson earned Second Team All-MEAC after finishing with a .359 average as the UMES leadoff hitter, including 11 doubles and three triples. He led the Hawks with 15 stolen bases in 18 attempts plus contributed a .985 fielding percentage in 49 starts, primarily in center field.
HAWKS PICKED TO FINISH THIRD IN MEAC NORTH
UMES is selected to finish third in the newly-formed MEAC Northern Division, receiving 143 points. Delaware State is picked to take first with 192 points, just ahead of Norfolk State in second at 184 points. The Hawks are predicted to finish ahead of Coppin State, chosen to get fourth with 129 points.
Bethune-Cookman, the reigning conference champion, is predicted to win the MEAC and the MEAC Southern Division.
The divisions were formed this season after the addition of North Carolina Central and Savannah State to the MEAC. Teams will only play conference games against division opponents.
LAST TIME OUT: HAWKS FALL TO NAVY 21-1
The Hawks were defeated by Navy in a mid-week contest 21-1 to fall to 0-4 on the season. With the score 2-1 Navy, the Mids had a pair of eight-run innings in the second and fifth plus a three-run eighth to win the game in Annapolis. James Newsome
increased his hitting streak to four with a double in the second, being brought home by a Franklin Armstrong
RBI single. Navy starter Johnny Schoberl got the win while Zachary Saca
fell to 0-2. In his first ever relief appearance, Michael Epps
pitched 2.2 innings, striking out five with just one earned run allowed.
2011 IN REVIEW
Despite a 9-41 record last year, the Hawks more than doubled their conference victories from 2009, finishing with a 7-11 MEAC season and 5-seed in the conference tournament. UMES earned series victories over Florida A&M, sweeping the Rattlers, and Coppin State at home. After a first round loss to Delaware State, UMES earned its first conference tournament victory since 2007 with an 11-7 win over Florida A&M before falling to North Carolina A&T. Senior Bryan Chaikowsky became the first Hawk in over 20 years to earn First Team All-MEAC, while Tre-Von Johnson was named Second Team All-MEAC.
UMES BASEBALL ANNOUNCES NEW COACHING STAFF
John O'Neil joins UMES as an assistant coach plus Luis Mena returns to serve as a student assistant for the Hawks. O'Neil comes to Princess Anne after serving as an assistant coach at the University of the Sciences. Mena hit .283 last season, playing in all 50 games as the primary third baseman and reserve catcher.
CHAIKOWSKY, JOHNSON EARN ALL-MEAC
In 2011, Bryan Chaikowsky and Tre-Von Johnson earned First and Second Team All-MEAC respectively. Chaikowsky, earning all-conference honors for the third straight season, led UMES in batting average (.360), triples (9), home runs (6), runs batted in (35), slugging percentage (.634) and on-base percentage (.446). Johnson was just behind Chaikowsky in batting average at .359, leading the team with 15 stolen bases, 38 runs, 70 hits and 11 doubles.
JOHNSON, MENA NAMED MEAC ALL-TOUR. TEAM
After the 2011 conference championship, Tre-Von Johnson and Luis Mena were named to the MEAC All-Tournament Team. In the three games that UMES played in, Johnson went 9-for-13 (.692) with three runs scored, a stolen base and an RBI from the leadoff spot. Mena was 5-for-11 (.455), including going 4-for-4 in the victory over FAMU including a three-run home run and four total RBI.
CHAIKOWSKY NAMED TO ABCA ALL-EAST 2ND TEAM
Adding to his already extensive trophy case, Bryan Chaikowsky was named to the 2011 American Baseball Coaches Association Second Team. The senior designated hitter was one of just two MEAC players represented on the ABCA All-East Teams, with Delaware State second baseman Scott Davis also being placed on the Second Team.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS:
Alabama A&M stands at 2-2 overall, winning a weekend series with IPFW at home last week and coming off a 19-0 loss to Samford. UMES will face right-handed freshman starter Joshua Freeman, who earned a win against IPFW with seven innings thrown with two runs allowed despite five walks surrendered. Junior infielder Norbert Riggins has a slugging and on-base percentage over .500 in his first four games, including two doubles and four runs scored.
Indiana State has started the season 0-3 after falling in a road weekend series to Southeastern Louisiana. LHP Sean Manaea will pitch against UMES, getting the loss after throwing 6.2 innings with three runs, two earned, allowed with four strikeouts. Junior outfielder Robby Ort leads the Sycamores with a .400 average, with two runs and hit by pitches.
Western Illinois comes into the tournament at 1-3, playing all four games against Georgia State on the road. Senior RHP Dan Russell is scheduled for Sunday, who did not earn a decision after allowing four runs in five innings in his previous start. Junior outfielder Dan Dispensa has started the year 7-for-12 (.583) with three doubles and four doubles.
UMES BASEBALL RETURNS TO WGOP 540 AM
WGOP, a 500-watt station based out of Pocomoke City, is the exclusive home for UMES baseball, women's basketball and volleyball and will air all home and select away games this season. Dave Vatz returns for his second season as the voice of Hawks baseball.