UMES OPENS UP MEAC PLAY WITH SERIES AT COPPIN STATE
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:
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