UMES RESUMES MEAC PLAY, HOSTS NORFOLK STATE
Mike Escanilla and the Hawks will looks for their first MEAC series win of the season.
Mike Escanilla and the Hawks will looks for their first MEAC series win of the season.

March 22, 2013

Game Notes - UMES vs. Norfolk State

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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
The Greater Wichita Sports Commission announced on March 11th that UMES catcher Brandon Schott has been placed on the 2013 Johnny Bench Award Watch List. This award is given to the top catcher in Division I college baseball each year.

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
After falling to Monmouth 8-2 on Tuesday, UMES nearly came back from down seven in the ninth inning the Georgetown but came just short, losing 17-15 in the best offensive performance by the Hawks this season.

 

 

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
Connor Breslin earned his first MEAC Rookie of the Week award for the period ending March 10th. It is Breslin's first conference award of his UMES career and the first for the Hawks in the 2013 season.

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
UMES Director of Athletics Keith Davidson announced in September that former major leaguer and MEAC star Pedro Swann is the new head coach of Hawks baseball. Swann replaces Will Gardner, who left UMES after six seasons.

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
The four UMES rookie pitchers have been stalwart for the Hawks this season, combining to throw 50 innings from the bullpen and allowing 22 earned runs for a 3.96 ERA. Two of them, Chris Lopez and Will Turley, are in the starting rotation. Lopez earned his first UMES victory with 5.2 innings and allowing just two earned runs against Lafayette. Turley picked his first UMES win on Sunday, throwing six shutout innings against Coppin State.

NEW LOOK INFIELD PAYS DIVIDENDS
Outside of Jeffrey Fleetwood, UMES has relied on a young infield group this season that has been very strong early on.

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.

At second base, Thomas Gray took over for Joshua James, who went out to center field. Gray is coming off a 2-for-5 day against Georgetown with three RBI plate appearances.

SCOUTING THE OPPONENT:
Norfolk State got swept in the opening MEAC series against Delaware State in Norfolk last weekend.

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.

LORD BYRON
Byron Campbell, last year's Co-Most Improved Player for the UMES baseball, has reached base in his last 19 games. Currently he leads the team in many categories, including a .377 batting average, a .467 on-base percentage, 18 runs, seven hit by pitches, 14 total free passes and seven stolen bases. He also leads all regular starters with a .985 fielding percentage.

HAWKS BASEBALL RETURNS TO WGOP 540 AM
UMES baseball will be back on the air this season on the flagship station of the Hawks Radio Network, Timeless Favorites WGOP 540 AM. Dave Vatz will provide play-by-play for the games, while Justin Harrison serves as the primary producer in the studio. All games that are broadcast will be available online for free.

RUN!
Last season, the Hawks stole 37 bases in a total of 53 games, averaging just over two steals every three games. This year early on, UMES has attempted steals 32 times, being successful in 22 tries, averaging over a steal per a game. Byron Campbell leads the team with seven steals out of nine attempts on the basepaths. Mike Escanilla has six steals to stand second while Connor Breslin, Joshua James, Tre-von Johnson and Malik Wylie all have a pair of steals each.