HAWKS BEGIN MEAC PLAY THIS WEEKEND AGAINST COPPIN STATE
March 15, 2013
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - UMES is set to begin conference play this weekend, hosting in-state rival Coppin State for a three-game series at Hawks Stadium. Due to concerns with inclement weather in the area the times have been changed: the two will play a single game on Saturday at 3 p.m., followed by a doubleheader on Sunday beginning at noon.
This will be the first of three series between the two Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opponents. Each compete in the MEAC Northern Division.
The Hawks are coming off a four-game series split with Lafayette and stands at 3-13 this year going into MEAC play. Coppin State, also starting conference play this weekend, was swept by Lehigh at home last weekend and enters Saturday at 3-11.
Last season UMES played a pair of three-game series against Coppin State, sweeping each to win all six games. The Hawks have won eight of the last nine games against their Baltimore-based rival.
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Schott, the only player that plays in Maryland or the MEAC to be nominated for the award, is hitting .293 in 11 games started this season, leading the squad with five doubles and has driven in seven runs. He also has earned a .415 slugging percentage.
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Byron Campbell hit well again to increase his hitting streak to 12 games, going .467 on the weekend with five runs scored. In his first start as a Hawk, freshman Chris Lopez earned the win in the first game, going 5.2 innings with just two earned runs.
UMES BASEBALL PREDICTED TO FINISH THIRD IN MEAC NORTH
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.
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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.
FEAR THE FRESHMEN PITCHERS
NEW LOOK INFIELD PAYS DIVIDENDS
At the left side of the infield, two freshmen man the ranks with Connor Breslin, who is on a seven-game hitting streak, taking the hot corner and Mike Escanilla, who is second on the team with 10 runs, serves as the squad's shortstop.
At second base, Thomas Gray took over for Joshua James, who went out to center field. In 11 games played, Gray is hitting .345 with a .429 on-base percentage and seven RBI, having reached base safely in his last eight contests, getting hits in six of those games.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT:
As a team, the Eagles are hitting .206 this season, led by sophomore catcher Alex Brown, who stands with a .319 batting average and five RBI. Junior outfielder Chris Kashangaki has stolen 11 bases and currently has a .302 batting average, while junior third baseman Chris Godfrey has a home run and a team-best eight RBI, batting .256.
On the pitching end, Coppin State sports a 7.53 ERA into Saturday. The top pitcher coming into the series is sophomore righty Myles Taylor, who after four outings has a team-best, 2.37 ERA and 11 strikeouts in 19 innings. Likely starters include right-hander Yahya Muhammad, who has a 21.00 ERA in six innings, and junior righty Darryl Martinez, who is 1-2 with a 8.64 ERA and 11 strikeouts in 16.2 innings.
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2012 IN REVIEW