UMES OPENS UP AT HOME AGAINST LEHIGH
Michael Epps pitched 3.1 innings against Lehigh last year, allowing just one run.
Michael Epps pitched 3.1 innings against Lehigh last year, allowing just one run.

Feb. 26, 2013

Game Notes - UMES vs. Lehigh

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - UMES will host Lehigh for its home opener at Hawks Stadium on Wednesday at noon for a doubleheader. This will begin a six-game homestand for UMES in a span of five days.

The UMES Hawks come in after getting swept in the VMI Tournament and stand at 1-5 on the season. Representing the Patriot League, the Mountain Hawks of Lehigh enter Wednesday at 1-2 after starting their season last weekend.

UMES and Lehigh have played a doubleheader against each other every season since 2002. Last year, the two played a twinbill on April 11th in Princess Anne. The Mountain Hawks took both games, winning the games 7-6 and 5-3 over UMES.

Attendance to all games at Hawks Stadium this season is free to all fans.

LAST TIME OUT: UMES FALLS IN FOUR AT VMI TOUR.
The Hawks had a tough time in Lexington, Virginia as they were defeated in all four of their games of the VMI Tournament. UMES was defeated in close games to Buffalo 9-6 and 6-3, the latter coming on a ninth-inning spurt by the Bulls, and VMI 10-1 and 17-4.

Byron Campbell had a pair of three-hit games against Buffalo, going 7-for-15 in the tournament with two stolen bases and three RBI. Connor Breslin hit safely in all four games of the tournament. On the pitching end, all four freshmen, J.P. Black, James DiBuo, Chris Lopez and Will Turley, made their debut. The foursome combined to throw 10.1 innings with just one earned run for an 0.87 ERA.

 

 

Pedro Swann TAKES OVER AS UMES HEAD COACH
UMES Director of Athletics Keith Davidson announced in September that former major leaguer and MEAC star Pedro Swann is the new head coach of Hawks baseball. Swann replaces Will Gardner, who left UMES after six seasons.

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.

Tre-von Johnson: ALL-TIME HITS LEADER AT UMES
Two-time All-MEAC center fielder and team captain Tre-von Johnson became the all-time hits leader at UMES last season, hitting an RBI single against Delaware State on May 11, 2012 to pass Phil Vaughn's mark of 172 hits. Including 64 hits this season, Johnson has 183 hits in his career with the Hawks, including holding the single season UMES record with 70 hits in 2011.

FEAR THE FRESHMEN
The four UMES rookie pitchers made their debut during the VMI Tournament with great success, combining to allow just one earned run in 10.1 innings. Will Turley pitched three scoreless innings in game one. J.P. Black made two appearances against Buffalo, striking outa pair in a combined two-and-a-third. James DiBuo came in for game two against VMI, going 1.1 frames with no earned runs. Chris Lopez came in relief against VMI, allowing just one run in 3.2 innings.

SCOUTING THE OPPONENT:
Lehigh began its season last weekend, going 1-2 against UNC Wilmington on the road. The Mountain Hawks are coming off a 2012 campaign where the team went 18-31-1 and were picked to finish sixth in the Patriot League this season.

On the hitting side, senior outfielder Casey Turner reached base five times in 11 plate appearances against the Seahawks, hitting .333 with a pair of walks. Junior Joe Abeln was named to the All-Patriot League Preseason Team and went 2-for-9 over the weekend.

As a team, Lehigh has a 7.83 ERA for the pitching staff. The team's top starter is right-hander Nick Cassell, who got the loss after allowing two unearned runs in 5.1 innings in his first start. Righty Nick Stephens and lefty Nick Macaione, both sophomores, each had scoreless relief appearances over the weekend with the former getting a save.

THREE HAWKS SELECTED AS SUMMER ALL-STARS
Three UMES players, Byron Campbell, Zachary Saca and Brandon Schott, earned All-Star berths in summer wooden-bat league play in 2012.

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
UMES baseball will be back on the air this season on the flagship station of the Hawks Radio Network, Timeless Favorites WGOP 540 AM. Dave Vatz will provide play-by-play for the games, while Justin Harrison serves as the primary producer in the studio. All games that are broadcast will be available online for free.

FRESHMAN LEFT SIDE
Rookies Connor Breslin and Mike Escanilla make up the left side of the UMES infield, with Breslin taking up the hot corner and Escanilla playing st short. Early on, these two have been helpful to the lineup. Escanilla is the only Hawk that has reached base safely in every UMES game this season, while Breslin earned a hit in all games in the VMI Tournament.

RUN!
Last season, the Hawks stole 37 bases in a total of 53 games, averaging just over two steals every three games. This year early on, UMES has attempted steals 11 times, being successful in eight tries, averaging 1.3 steals a game. Byron Campbell leads the team with a perfect 3-3 on the basepaths. Tre-von Johnson and Mike Escanilla each have a pair of stolen bases with the former earning the pair on that many attempts.