UMES LOOKS TO KEEP BATS HOT IN ICY CONDITIONS, PLAY AT DUKE AND UNCG
March 18, 2014
DURHAM, N.C. – The University of Maryland Eastern Shore will need to brave the elements over the next two days, as the Hawks look to keep their bats hot in a pair of games in frigid North Carolina weather. UMES opens its spring break trip today with a 6 p.m. match at Duke, before playing at the same time tomorrow at UNC Greensboro.
The Hawks have never defeated the Blue Devils in 11 career meetings and will be playing for the first time since 2009.
The Hawks have ripped 56 hits in their last five games, good for an average of 11.2 hits-per-game. The squad went 3-2 last week in the span and rose their batting averages over half of a point. It was the play of freshman Justin Dattilo (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and senior Byron Campbell (Waldorf, Md.) that was the difference as the pair combined for 18 hits.
Dattilo has anchored the starting catcher job and hit .563 last week with six RBI. He leads the team with 13 RBI and has four games with multiple RBI. Campbell was 9-for-19 last week with three RBI and seven runs. The senior has reached base safely in his last 12 games and is currently riding a 10-game hit streak.
UMES is set to start sophomore Will Turley (Greensboro, Md.) against Duke. The right-hander will be making his first start of the year after three bullpen appearances. UMES’ 2013 Rookie of the Year will have a good bullpen behind him in the game as senior Bernard Parker (Waldorf, Md.) and sophomore Jordan Bone (Pittston, Pa.) have had success putting out fires in 2014.
Duke is 12-8 this year with wins in five of its past six games. The Blue Devils took a victory against No. 1 Virginia on March 8 and are 1-0 against Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference teams this season. Right-hander Karl Blum is set to receive the start for Duke and is 0-0 in five appearances this season. He has a 3.52 ERA in 7.2 innings and two starts with five strikeouts.
Jordan Betts is leading Duke with a .342 batting average and has eight doubles in 20 starts. Chris Marconcini is hitting .291 with team-highs in homers (five) and RBI (22). Marconcini is currently carrying a .544 slugging percentage and is 4-for-5 in stolen base chances. Duke is hitting .253 altogether on the year and holds a .974 fielding percentage.
UNCG is 9-10 this year and is coming off a series victory over Princeton this past weekend. The Spartans began the season 1-4, but posted a 12-inning victory over Duke in their season-opener. UNCG is swinging hot bats and have seven players hitting over .275.
Sean Guite leads the team with a .414 batting average and has eight RBI, while Zac MacAneney is hitting .319 with 17 runs. Ryan Clark has a 0.92 ERA in five appearances and 29 innings. Max Povse is 3-1 with 28 strikeouts in 30 innings. UNCG is hitting .279 as a team and holds a 140-97 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
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