UMES RETURNS HOME FOR TWO AGAINST THE MOUNT
Alex Welch is scheduled for his first ever start as a Hawk on Tuesday.
Alex Welch is scheduled for his first ever start as a Hawk on Tuesday.

March 12, 2012

Game Notes - Mount St. Mary's @ UMES

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - The Hawks come back to Princess Anne for an East vs. West in-state matchup. UMES will play a doubleheader vs. Mount St. Mary's before the start of conference play with first pitch set for 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday.

UMES, from Princess Anne along the Eastern Shore, stands at 0-14 to start the year, while Mount St. Mary's, from Emmitsburg in Western Maryland, comes in at 2-9. Last season, the Mount took all four games against UMES with two games played at home and on the road. Admission to Hawks Stadium is free for all home games.

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 IN PHILADELPHIA
Despite playing in three games where UMES had the tying run at the plate late, the Hawks fell to three Philadelphia Big 5 schools over the weekend. UMES was defeated by Villanova 9-4, Temple 8-4 and Saint Joseph's 6-3.

Shaquille Bagwell hit .400 during the week, reaching base at least twice in each contest. Byron Campbell increased his hitting streak to seven games including a double and a pair of RBI. Brandon Schott hit a pair of doubles in a 3-for-4 day against Saint Joseph's.

On the pitching end, Jacob Foreman had the strongest start, throwing six innings against Villanova, allowing two earned runs and striking out six. Zachary Saca had a pair of relief appearances, allowing no earned runs in four innings.

NEWSOME SWINGING STRONG
James Newsome, one of two UMES players to start all 14 games, began the season with a six-game hitting streak and has hit safely in 12 of 14 games played He is currently hitting .294 with a .373 slugging percentage, four doubles and six 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 five combined relief appearances this season, Zachary Saca has thrown 16.2 innings with just four earned runs, earning a relief ERA of 2.16. 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 OPPONENT:
Mount St. Mary's, picked to finish sixth in the Northeast Conference, has a 2-9 record, winning its last contest against James Madison to snap a five-game losing streak. The team has fallen in two series, getting swept by St. Louis and losing three of four to St. Bonaventure. The Mount has played all of its games except away from home but will play only its second and third true road games.

As a team, the Mount are hitting .277, returning just one of its top-five hitters from 2011. Senior first baseman Josh Winter leads the team with a .372 average with four doubles and 11 RBI, all team highs. Junior catcher Mark Quaranta has started the season .366 with a home run, nine runs scored and nine more driven in.

With a team-ERA of 7.24, the top starter is senior southpaw Brady Feigl, who has struck out 14 in eight innings with just two runs allowed, standing at 0-1. Only one of the weekend rotation starters is back from last season, right-handed junior Vincent Molesky, who has thrown one start in `12 with four runs allowed in 4.1 innings. Another senior lefty, Dan Horner, has made six appearances with five out of the bullpen, with 14 strikeouts in 12 innings and six earned runs allowed.