UMES OPENS AT HOME AGAINST CORNELL
Joshua James has started five games at shortstop this season.
Joshua James has started five games at shortstop this season.

March 2, 2012

Game Notes - Cornell @ UMES

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - The Hawks will play their first games in Princess Anne as they welcome Cornell for a pair of doubleheaders. Due to incoming inclement weather, the first games will be played on Friday at noon, followed by a second doubleheader on Sunday at noon at Hawks Stadium. Each doubleheader will begin with a nine-inning game followed by a seven-inning contest.

UMES comes in with a 0-7 record while Cornell will play its first games of the season this weekend.

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: HAWKS LOSE 3 IN BULLDOG CLASSIC
UMES competed in the Bulldog Classic in Huntsville, Alabama last weekend, falling in three games total to Alabama A&M 7-2, Indiana State 17-2 and Western Illinois 9-3. James Newsome went 4-for-12 combined in the three games, driving more two runs and scoring a pair more. In the first two games, Franklin Armstrong hit safely in each game plus drove home a run in both. Jesus Hernandez had the best start of the weekend for UMES, throwing five innings against Western Illinois with two runs allowed and three strikeouts.

NEWSOME SWINGING STRONG
James Newsome, one of three UMES players to start all seven games, began the season with a six-game hitting streak, currently hitting .327 with four doubles and five RBI. He leads UMES with a .464 slugging percentage and is tied for the most runs socred with four along with Tre-Von Johnson.

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.

SCOUTING THE OPPONENT:
Cornell will play its first games of the 2012 season when it comes to Hawks Stadium this weekend, coming off a 10-30 season last year. The Big Red will begin this weekend along with the rest of the Ivy League, where seven of their wins came last year.

The Big Red return eight of their nine position players that had a minimum of 24 starts last season. 2011 Honorable Mention All-Ivy senior shortstop Marshall Yanzick led the team with a .328 average last season, while starting outfielder Brian Billigen also was an all-conference honorable mention, hitting .292 with eight home runs, four triples and 11 stolen bases. Junior second baseman Brenton Peters hit .286 with seven doubles, having a 14-12 BB-K ratio.

Pitching is another story for Cornell, as third-year head coach Bill Walkenbach will need to replace all three of his primary starters from last season. The team's top returning pitcher is right-handed sophomore Connor Kaufmann, throwing 25 innings with a 1-1 record, 4.68 ERA and 16 strikeouts in `11. Senior right-hander Rick Marks went 0-3 with a 8.38 ERA in 12 relief appearances, but struck out 24 in 19.1 innings.

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.