March 23, 2012
Game Notes - Delaware State @ UMES
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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - After spending most of Spring Break on the road, UMES returns to Princess Anne to host arch-rival Delaware State for its first home conference series. Due to expected inclement weather in the area, the first game has been moved up to Friday at 3 p.m., with a doubleheader set for Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. at Hawks Stadium.
UMES is 0-3 in the MEAC after last weekend's series loss to Norfolk State and is 1-19 overall this year. Delaware State, picked to finish first in the MEAC North in the preseason poll, leads the division with a 3-0 conference tally and a 12-9-1 overall record.
JOHNSON NAMED PRESEASON ALL-MEAC
The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference has announced that Hawks outfielder Tre-Von Johnson has been named to the 2012 Preseason All-MEAC Team. Last season as a sophomore, Johnson earned Second Team All-MEAC after finishing with a .359 average as the UMES leadoff hitter, including 11 doubles and three triples. He led the Hawks with 15 stolen bases in 18 attempts plus contributed a .985 fielding percentage in 49 starts, primarily in center field.
HAWKS PICKED TO FINISH THIRD IN MEAC NORTH
UMES is selected to finish third in the newly-formed MEAC Northern Division, receiving 143 points. Delaware State is picked to take first with 192 points, just ahead of Norfolk State in second at 184 points. The Hawks are predicted to finish ahead of Coppin State, chosen to get fourth with 129 points. Bethune-Cookman, the reigning conference champion, is predicted to win the MEAC and the MEAC Southern Division.
The divisions were formed this season after the addition of North Carolina Central and Savannah State to the MEAC. Teams will only play conference games against division opponents.
LAST TIME: HAWKS WIN THEIR FIRST GAME OF 2012
In UMES's best performance of the season, the Hawks began their game against the Eagles with six unanswered runs, aiding a pitching staff that did not allow an earned run in a 7-1 defeat of North Carolina Central at the Durham Athletic Park. The win over the MEAC South opponent marked UMES's first win of the season.
Bernard Parker earned the win with his strongest outing of the year, throwing five innings without a run and just two hits. Michael Epps, Zachary Saca and Karim Gonzalez finished the game with no earned runs combined.
James Newsome hit a triple and a double in a 2-for-5 day with two RBI, while Tre-Von Johnson went 3-for-5 with two stolen bases and an RBI. Jeffrey Fleetwood reached base all five times he came to plate, earning two hits and three walks.
NEWSOME SWINGING STRONG
James Newsome, one of two UMES players to start all 20 games, began the season with a six-game hitting streak and has hit safely in 16 of 20 games played He is currently hitting .276 with a .382 slugging percentage, six doubles and eight RBI, all team highs.
BUY IN THE BULL-MARKET
Stephen Bull has been the Hawks leadoff hitter in all but one game this season for UMES. In six of his last eight games, Bull has gotten as least two hits, hitting .412 (14-for-31) in that time, including three extra base hits.
SACA SOLID IN RELIEF
In his nine combined relief appearances this season, Zachary Saca has thrown 27 innings with just seven earned runs, earning a relief ERA of 2.33. Three of his relief appearances, coming against Indiana State, Cornell and Norfolk State, saw Saca throw over four innings with an earned run or less allowed. He currently has the team's lowest ERA at 3.86.
Hawks right fielder Byron Campbell has reached base in each of his last 13 games, hitting safely in 11 of those contests. In those 13 games, Campbell is hitting .306 (15-for-49) with an on-base percentage of .381, including six walks. His season on-base percentage of .333 leads the Hawks.
2011 IN REVIEW
Despite a 9-41 record last year, the Hawks more than doubled their conference victories from 2009, finishing with a 7-11 MEAC season and 5-seed in the conference tournament. UMES earned series victories over Florida A&M, sweeping the Rattlers, and Coppin State at home. After a first round loss to Delaware State, UMES earned its first conference tournament victory since 2007 with an 11-7 win over Florida A&M before falling to North Carolina A&T. Senior Bryan Chaikowsky became the first Hawk in over 20 years to earn First Team All-MEAC, while Tre-Von Johnson was named Second Team All-MEAC.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT:
Delaware State enters this series with a 12-9-1 record and a 3-0 conference standing with a road sweep of Norfolk State two weeks ago. The Hornets are playing on the road after a six-game homestand, going 2-3-1 in that stretch.
The starting lineup contains three Preseason All-MEAC players on the lower half of the diamond. Junior first baseman Ryan Haas is hitting .359 with a team high eight doubles and 20 RBI. Sophomore Cameron Cecil, who has played five different positions this year, has a .319 average with 14 RBI. Reigning MEAC Player of the Year Scott Davis, a senior shortstop, has struggled this season with a .250 average.
On the mound, senior right-hander Jordan Elliott is the team's ace with a 2-2 record, striking out 18 in 30 innings with a 2.70 ERA. Sophomore righty Matt McClain has three complete games in `12, standing at 2-2 with a 1.97 ERA, getting 20 strikeouts in 32 innings. The Hornets closer, 6-5 junior right-hander Chad Sturgeon, has compiled five saves this year.
BIG GAME BRANDON
Hawks starting catcher Brandon Schott, named a team captain in his first year with the program, has a trio of three-hit games for UMES. Only one other Hawk, Tre-Von Johnson, has more than one such game. He is currently hitting .259 with the team's second-best slugging percentage at .362.
UMES BASEBALL RETURNS TO WGOP 540 AM
WGOP, a 500-watt station based out of Pocomoke City, is the exclusive home for UMES baseball, women's basketball and volleyball and will air all home and select away games this season. Dave Vatz returns for his second season as the voice of Hawks baseball.
RELY ON THE OLD LINE STATE.....
UMES has 12 players on the roster from the home state of Maryland, including four players from the Eastern Shore. Three players, Dylan Bell, Devin Repine and Zach Townsend hail from the nearby city of Salisbury, while Tre-Von Johnson comes from East New Market.
.....OR ON THE FIRST STATE
Six players from the state of Delaware have come down south to suit up for the Maroon and Grey. Three players hail from Delmar High School in lower Delaware: Nick Cooper, Jeffrey Fleetwood and Thomas Grey.
ALLEGANY BATTERY MATES, UMES TEAM CAPTAINS
Two of UMES team captains, senior pitcher Jacob Foreman and junior catcher Brandon Schott, were teammates at Allegany College of Maryland in 2010 before coming to Princess Anne. Their year together in the JUCO ranks, Foreman went 5-1 with a 3.74 ERA in nine games, while Schott hit .338 with five doubles and 13 RBI.