March 8, 2012
Game Notes - UMES vs. Philadelphia Big 5
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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - The Hawks head north to the City of Brotherly Love to take on three members of the Philadelphia Big 5 over the weekend. UMES will play Villanova on Friday for a 2:15 p.m. game, Temple at 2 p.m. on Saturday and finish with Saint Joseph's for a noon matchup on Sunday.
UMES comes in with a record of 0-11. Entering the weekend, Villanova is 7-5, Temple stands at 3-8 and Saint Joseph's is 1-11. All three opponents will have their home openers on Friday. Two other schools, Iona and Central Connecticut State, are playing the same three opponents in Philadelphia 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 SWEPT BY CORNELL AT HOME
Opening up at home last weekend, UMES fell in a pair of doubleheaders to Cornell over the course of three days. Despite both James Newsome
and Byron Campbell
hitting safely in all four games, the Big Red held UMES to just nine runs in 30 innings, including a pair of shutouts.
Newsome went 4-for-14 in the series with a run scored, while Thomas Gray went 2-for-8 with a pair of RBI. In game one, Malik Wylie went 2-for-3 with a double, a pair of runs and RBI. A trio of UMES pitchers had strong relief appearances. Zachary Saca finished game one with seven innings pitched, allowing three runs and striking out five. Tyler Witte completed game three, throwing 4.1 innings with just one earned run and three strikeouts. Bernard Parker got to the end of game four with a scoreless 2.1 innings with a pair of Ks.
NEWSOME SWINGING STRONG
James Newsome, one of two UMES players to start all 11 games, began the season with a six-game hitting streak and has hit safely in 10 of 11 games played He is currently hitting .310 with a .405 slugging percentage, four doubles and five RBI, all team highs.
THE TOUGHEST OUT ON THE TEAM
In his 21 plate appearances for UMES, Malik Wylie has reached base 11 times, including six walks and a pair of doubles with five RBI. The JUCO transfer from Westchester C.C. is one of three Hawks to have an RBI in four different games this season.
SACA SOLID IN RELIEF
In his three combined relief appearances this season, Zachary Saca has thrown 12.2 innings with just four earned runs, earning a relief ERA of 2.84. Two of his relief appearances, coming against Indiana State and Cornell, saw Saca throw over four innings with an earned run or less allowed, striking out five against the latter opponent.
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.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS:
Villanova will host UMES for its home opener with a 7-5 record on the season, including winning its last two games. Senior outfielder Matt Fleishman has started the season strong with a .419 average, scoring 12 runs, driving home 11 and hitting four doubles. Senior second baseman Tyler Sciacca is hitting .370 with four doubles, 14 RBI and three stolen bases.
Temple enters the weekend having fallen in six of its last seven games and holding a 3-8 record under first year head coach Ryan Wheeler. Junior Jordan Queja leads the team with a .341 average and is a perfect 5-5 on stolen base attempts. Senior catcher Taylor Juran has a .326 average with 11 RBI. UMES fell to Temple last season 14-1 in a mid-week matchup in Philadelphia.
Saint Joseph's returns to Philadelphia, opening its new on-campus field, on a nine-game losing streak after compiling a 1-11 record on the road. Freshman infielder Stefan Kancylarz sports a team high .282 batting average with four RBI. The Hawks are looking for Greg Kumpel, a 2nd-team All-A10 player last season, to break out of a 1-for-31 (.032) slump to start the year.
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.