UMES RESUMES MEAC PLAY, HOSTS NORFOLK STATE
March 22, 2013
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - UMES goes back to conference play this weekend, taking on Norfolk State for a three-game series at Hawks Stadium. The Hawks and Spartans will play a doubleheader starting at noon on Saturday, March 23rd, followed by a single game at noon on Sunday, March 24th.
The Hawks have fallen in their last three games but stand third in the MEAC Northern Division with a 1-2 conference record and 4-17 overall tally. Norfolk State comes into the weekend in fourth place in the MEAC North at 0-3 and is 5-14 overall after losing its last five games.
This is the first of two series set between these two schools. They will play again on April 13th and 14th at Marty L. Miller Field in Norfolk, the site of the MEAC Tournament.
Last season, UMES won the last of the three series against Norfolk State but fell in six of the nine contests overall.
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 .351 this season with a team-best nine doubles and .509 slugging percentage. The two-time team captain also leads the team with three sacrifice flies and has brought home 10 runs so far this season.
LAST TIME OUT: UMES DEFEATED IN TWO MID-WEEK GAMES TO MONMOUTH, GEORGETOWN
Brandon Schott hit four doubles in the mid-week and scored three times, combining to go 6-for-10. Connor Breslin had a pair of multi-hit games, while Zachary Saca had 3.1 innings of scoreless relief against Monmouth, giving up just one hit.
BRESLIN NAMED MEAC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Helping UMES split a weekend series against Lafayette, the freshman third baseman hit .308 (4-for-13) in the four games, scoring once and bringing in two runs. He also had a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage.
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 has earned multi-hit games his last three contests and has a MEAC Rookie of the Week award, taking the hot corner and Mike Escanilla, who is second on the team with 16 runs and six stolen bases in seven attempts, serves as the squad's shortstop.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT:
The starting rotation for the visitors will start with righty senior Chris Horne, who stands with a 2.87 ERA, despite an 0-2 record, in 31.1 innings. Senior southpaw Richie Salter has the best ERA among the starter at 2.57, standing 2-2 with 25 strikeouts in 28 innings. The third starter slated is right-handed junior Justin Bhatti, who is 1-4 with a 3.72 ERA in 29 innings. The most used pitcher out of the bullpen is sophomore right-hander Troy Applin, who has a 1.80 ERA in 18 innings.
At the plate, the Spartans are led by junior outfielder Tyon Ore, who sports .a .304 batting average and six walks. Preseason All-MEAC junior outfielder Cameron Day is hitting .262 with 12 runs, a home run and 11 walks. Junior third baseman Chase Kyriacou has the team's top slugging percentage at .373, hitting .284 with a squad-best 14 RBI.
HAWKS BASEBALL RETURNS TO WGOP 540 AM