UMES SET TO HOST MONMOUTH, GEORGETOWN IN THE MID-WEEK
March 18, 2013
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - The Hawks will continue their homestand with a pair of mid-week games, taking on Monmouth on Tuesday at 3 p.m. and then Georgetown at 3 p.m. on Wednesday in Princess Anne.
It will be the first-ever meeting and only game this season between UMES and Monmouth. UMES will play against Georgetown for the first time since 2000, when the Hoyas swept both games against the Hawks 14-5 and 17-9. This is the first of two games between UMES and Georgetown; the second game will be played in Bethesda on April 30th at 7 p.m.
UMES is coming off the start of conference play, falling to in-state rival Coppin State in two contests in the three-game set, and enters the week at 4-15. Monmouth, representive of the Northeast Conference, enters Tuesday at 5-8 and this past weekend won two out of three against Virginia Commonwealth. Georgetown, member of the Big East Conference, comes into the week at 12-6. The Hoyas are on a five-game winning streak, including sweeping Princeton in a three-game set this weekend at home.
SCHOTT NAMED TO JOHNNY BENCH AWARD WATCH LIST
Schott, the only player that plays in the state of Maryland or the MEAC to be nominated for the award, is hitting .298 in 14 games this season with and eight runs batted in. His five doubles and .404 slugging percentage are both second-strongest on the team.
LAST TIME OUT: UMES FALLS IN TWO OUT OF THREE TO COPPIN STATE
Despite earning the first nine-inning shutout since 2006, UMES was defeated in the series to Coppin State over the weekend to start conference play, falling in game one 7-0, winning the second game 3-0 and losing the rubber game 7-6 in seven.
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.
Pedro Swann TAKES OVER AS UMES HEAD COACH
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 ijust recently snapped a seven-game hitting streak but had an RBI single in UMES's near comeback against Coppin State, taking the hot corner and Mike Escanilla, who is second on the team with 13 runs, serves as the squad's shortstop.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS:
Sophomore outfielder Steve Wilgus is leading the Monmouth Hawks with a .326 batting average, a home run, eight RBI and a .456 on-base percentage. Also with a home run, junior infielder Jake Gronsky is batting .304 with five RBI. The slated starter in freshman lefty Anthony Ciavarella, who has allowed seven earned runs in one inning combined thrown.
Georgetown will play a mid-week contest against George Washington on Tuesday.
The top batter on the Hoyas is senior outfielder Justin Leeson, who is hitting .371 with six doubles and 12 RBI. Junior outfielder Christian Venditti has a team-best three home runs and 18 RBI, batting .290. Possible starters include freshman southpaw Gino Basso, or freshmen righties Matt Smith or Tim Davis.
HAWKS BASEBALL RETURNS TO WGOP 540 AM