UMES OPENS UP MEAC PLAY WITH SERIES AT COPPIN STATE
Bernard Parker (pictured) looks to continue his success of out of the bullpen this weekend
Bernard Parker (pictured) looks to continue his success of out of the bullpen this weekend

March 14, 2014

BALTIMORE, Md. - Fresh off a sweep of Mount St. Mary's on Monday, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore baseball team looks to continue its winning ways this weekend, as the Hawks travel to Coppin State for a three-game series. The Hawks and Eagles play a doubleheader on Saturday, before concluding the series with a single contest on Sunday.

Coppin State (2-8) and UMES (2-8) have mirrored records and the teams are each coming off sweeps earlier in the week. CSU took 8-of-9 games from the Hawks last season, but the Hawks took all six contests the year before.  

UMES enters the series winning its past two games, where the Hawks took both end of a doubleheader against Mount St. Mary's this past Monday. CSU is in much of the same boat as the Eagles began the year losing their first eight, before posting a two-game sweep over N.C. Central on Tuesday.

The team is being paced by senior Byron Campbell (Waldorf, Md.), who is hitting a team-high .324 with 12 hits. The right-fielder is currently riding a seven-game hit streak and has reached base safely in each of his past eight contests. Freshman Justin Dattilo (Pittsburgh, Pa.) has four games with two RBI and junior Joshua James (Milford, Del.) is hitting 6-for-11 over his past 11 games.

The pitching was fantastic this past weekend and the Hawks look to continue that against the Eagles. Senior Bernard Parker (Waldorf, Md.) has been clutch in his last three outings, allowing just three earned runs and six hits in his last 8.1 innings. Freshman Jesse Stinnett (Madison Heights, Va.) has been solid in each of his last two outings and junior Devin Repine (Salisbury, Md.) has shut the door on the opposition in each of the last two.


 

 

Coppin State is being led on the year by Jack Kraft, who is hitting .343 with three triples and a team-high six RBI. Darien Percell is hitting .273 with three doubles, but the Eagles have nine players hitting under .200. The pitching is being paced by Darryl Martinez, where the reliever has a 2.89 ERA and six strikeouts in 9.1 innings. William Gebenstein is the top starter with a 4.15 ERA and 11 strikeouts in 17.1 innings. He is coming off a complete-game, one run effort in CSU's 5-1 victory over N.C. Central on Tuesday.

 Let's take a look at a few game notes for this weekend's series:

  • THE GUY JUST GETS ON BASE - Senior right-fielder Byron Campbell is riding an eight-game on-base streak and has reached base in a nine of UMES' ten games this season. He has also hit safely in seven consecutive games and was named MVP last season. The right-fielder reached base safely in 38 consecutive games last season, which was top-10 in the nation during the span

  • DATTILO UNPHASED BY THE PRESSURE -Freshman catcher Justin Dattilo has had four games this season with atleast four RBI and has come up clutch for UMES several times. He registered UMES' second RBI of the year and had two RBI in both wins on Monday. He has assumed the starting catcher role earlier this season

  • PARKER THE FIREMAN - Senior right-handed reliever Bernard Parker has emerged as the Hawks' top reliever this year. He has got the Hawks out of several pressure packed situations this year, including a first and third no-out jam against Buffalo on March 2. Parker retired all three hitters he faced in the inning to keep UMES' 3-2 lead. He has allowed just three earned runs over his last 8.1 innings (three outings)

  • RECENT HISTORY AGAINST COPPIN ST. - UMES was just 1-9 against the Eagles last season, as CSU took each of the three-game series against the Hawks in 2013. UMES won all six of its games vs. CSU in 2012

  • FRESHMAN STARTERS - The Hawks are receiving good production from their freshman starting pitchers with Stinnett and Berry leading the way. The two logged each posted the first wins of their collegiate careers on Monday and have appeared to anchor the first two spots in the starting rotation.

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