HAWKS HOST LAFAYETTE IN FINAL NON-MEAC SERIES
Tim Gray and the Hawks will play four games against Lafayette this weekend.
Tim Gray and the Hawks will play four games against Lafayette this weekend.

March 8, 2013

Game Notes - UMES vs. Lafayette

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - A week away from starting conference play, UMES will host the Leopards of Lafayette for a four-game series at Hawks Stadium. The two schools will play a pair of doubleheaders over the weekend on Saturday, March 9th and Sunday, March 10th, each beginning at noon.

The doubleheader format will have a nine-inning game in the opening contest followed by a seven-inning game in the following matchup. This format will be enforced on both Saturday and Sunday.

The Hawks enter Saturday at 1-11 on the season, trying to snap a 10-game losing streak. UMES's scheduled contest against George Washington last Wednesday was postponed due to inclement weather. Lafayette, a member of the Patriot League, is looking for its first win, standing at 0-7. The Leopards are coming off a 5-3 mid-week defeat against Rider.

These two last met in 2009, with Lafayette sweeping the four-game set in Princess Anne.

ROAD GAME AT GEORGE WASHINGTON POSTPONED
The game between UMES and George Washington in Arlington has been postponed due to rain the area on the day of the game. The game has been rescheduled for Tuesday, April 23rd in Arlington.

With the postponed game, this changes the length of the UMES homestand at Hawks Stadium to 19 games in a row. This includes four weekend series and two Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference weekend matchups.

LAST TIME OUT: UMES LOSES FOUR GAMES AT HOME
The Hawks had a difficult time getting going in their home tournament last weekend, falling in four games total, including a pair each to Cornell and St. Peter's.

Byron Campbell increased his hit streak to eight games, hitting .429 over the weekend with three stolen bases. Thomas Gray and Dustin Aigner each earned three hits and a pair of RBI. Jordan Bone had the best start for UMES, going 4.2 innings with just one run allowed against Cornell in a no decision.

 

 

UMES BASEBALL PREDICTED TO FINISH THIRD IN MEAC NORTH
The Hawks baseball team is predicted to finish third in the MEAC Northern Division, released by the conference on Wednesday.

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.

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.

2012 IN REVIEW
UMES improved from nine to 14 wins in 2012, finishing with a 14-39 record and concluding in third place of the newly formed MEAC Northern Division with an 11-13 conference tally. In the MEAC Tournament, UMES upset 2-seed North Carolina Central and 1-seed Delaware State to earn a place in the MEAC semifinals, but lost twice to Bethune-Cookman and Delaware State to take third place in the postseason, the best finish since 2006. Tre-von Johnson earned All-MEAC Second Team for the second year running plus became the all-time hits leader at UMES. Byron Campbell, Stephen Bull and Karim Gonzalez all earned MEAC All-Tournament Team.

FEAR THE FRESHMEN
The four UMES rookie pitchers have been stalwart for the Hawks this season, combining to throw 23 innings from the bullpen and allowing just four earned runs. J.P. Black has made four appearances for UMES this season, combining to throw 8.2 scoreless innings with four strikeouts. Will Turley has thrown two relief appearance for the Hawks, going six-and-two-thirds with just two unearned runs. James DiBuo has just one earned run charged in 2.1 innings for a 3.86 ERA, and Chris Lopez has a 5.06 ERA in 5.1 innings, allowing three earned runs.

SCOUTING THE OPPONENT:
Lafayette will play games eight through 11 of the season's opening 16-game road trip at Hawks Stadium this weekend. This will be the team's only games against a MEAC opponent this season.

One of the top starters in the expected four rotation members is sophomore lefty Connor Ortolf, who went five innings with just one run allowed. Michael Massa, a senior lefty, stands at 0-2 with a 5.91 ERA and four strikeouts. A third lefty, sophomore Toby Schwartz, has seven strikeouts, an 0-2 record and an 8.10 ERA in 10 innings. The final starter is sophomore right-hander Alex Farina, who is 0-2 with a 10.80 ERA in 10 innings. Through seven games, Lafayette has a team ERA of 8.84.

In the batting order, the leader is junior outfielder Andrew Santomauro, who sports a team-best .280 batting average and five runs. Senior outfielder Andrew Ruck hits .250 with a home run and two stolen bases, while senior first baseman Brad Hopek also has a home run, hitting .217 with four runs. The team is batting .194 coming into Saturday.

LORD BYRON
Byron Campbell, last year's Co-Most Improved Player for the UMES baseball, is on an eight-game hitting streak going into the weekend. Currently he leads the team in many categories, including a .366 batting average, a .463 slugging percentage, a .471 on-base percentage, eight runs, four doubles, five walks and seven stolen bases.

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.

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 19 times, being successful in 14 tries, averaging 1.2 steals a game. Byron Campbell leads the team with a perfect seven steals out of seven attempts 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.

CONFIDENT AT CATCHER
Two UMES players have combined for all the time behind the dish this season, and each one is off to a good start. Brandon Schott is the primary catcher, hitting .267 with three doubles in eight games played. His backup, Dustin Aigner, is also playing well at the plate. In five games, including four starters, Aigner his hitting .306 and has four RBI, just one away from tying the team-high.