UMES HEADS TO PEDRO SWANN'S ALMA MATER, ROUTE 13 RIVAL DELAWARE STATE
UMES head coach Pedro Swann is a member of the Delaware State Athletics Hall of Fame.
UMES head coach Pedro Swann is a member of the Delaware State Athletics Hall of Fame.

March 28, 2013

Game Notes - UMES @ Delaware State

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DOVER, Del. - The Hawks will play their third MEAC series of the season and first one on the road, heading up Route 13 to Dover to take on Delaware State. Game one will be on Friday at 3 p.m. followed by a doubleheader at noon on Saturday at Soldier Field.

UMES head coach Pedro Swann graduated from Delaware State and will return to his alma mater for the series.

UMES was defeated in a pair of contests during the mid-week, falling to George Washington at home 13-7 and Navy on the road 9-4. The Hawks come into Friday's game at 5-21 overall and 2-4 in the MEAC North, tying for second place.

Delaware State played Coppin State this past weekend, sweeping the Eagles in three games. The Hornets enter Friday at 15-7 this season and 6-0 in-conference for first place in the MEAC North.

This will be the first of three series between the two schools and first of two scheduled in Dover. Last season, the two teams played a combined 11 games, with Delaware State winning the overall series 8-3, but the two split their contests in the MEAC Tournament.

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, leads the team with a .348 batting average, 10 doubles and .493 slugging percentage. The two-time team captain also leads the team with three sacrifice flies and has brought home 16 runs so far this season.

 

 

LAST TIME OUT: UMES FALLS TO GW, NAVY
UMES's homestand ended on Tuesday as the Hawks nearly came back from down 10 runs, but lost to George Washington 13-7. Then on Wednesday, UMES was defeated by Navy 9-4 in Annapolis.

Stephen Bull reached base eight times in 10 plate appearances, going 6-for-8 combined with a pair of steals. Tre-von Johnson hit his first home run of the year against Navy, earning three hits in the two games, including a triple.

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.

ROOKIE ROTATION
Two freshmen take up the first two spots in the rotation in MEAC play for the Hawks. The game one starter is Chris Lopez, who earned a win his his first start of his UMES career with two runs in 5.2 innings against Lafayette. He currently stands with a 1-2 record and a 5.56 ERA in 22.2 innings. In the game two slot is Will Turley, who has a team-best 2.38 ERA in 22.2 innings. Turley allowed just two earned runs in his first four appearances, including going six scoreless innings in a win over 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 earlier had a seven-game hitting streak and has a MEAC Rookie of the Week award, taking the hot corner and Mike Escanilla, who just lost a seven-game hitting streak, serves as the squad's shortstop.

At second base, sophomore Joshua James returned to the position after playing in center field for the 16 games. James had hit safely in six of his last seven contests.

SCOUTING THE OPPONENT:
Delaware State was picked to finish first in the MEAC Northern Division and was the runner-up in the MEAC Tournament last season.

As a team, the Hornets are batting .303, led by junior catcher Mike Alexander, who is hitting .386 with 17 RBI and 20 stolen bases. Senior infielder JP Frey has a .359 batting average and 13 stolen bases, while junior outfielder Aaron Nardone is batting .302 with 10 extra base hits, 18 RBI, 14 walks and seven stolen bases.

On the pitching end, the Hornets plan to throw redshirt senior right-hander Jordan Elliott in game one, who is 3-0 with a 1.85 ERA in five starts, striking out 26 in 34 innings. Junior righty Matt McClain is expected to throw in game two; he stands with a 3-1 record and a 2.40 ERA in 30 innings, earning three complete games. Senior southpaw Zach Adkins, who has a 1-1 record with a 5.48 ERA in 21.1 innings, is predicted to start game three.

LORD BYRON
Byron Campbell, last year's Co-Most Improved Player for the UMES baseball, has reached base in his last 23 games. Currently he leads the team in many categories, including a .356 batting average, a .473 on-base percentage, 23 runs, eight hit by pitches, 13 walks and eight stolen bases. He also leads all regular starters with a .988 fielding percentage, committing just one error in 26 games.

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 39 times, being successful in 26 tries, averaging a steal per a game. Byron Campbell leads the team with eight steals out of 11 attempts on the basepaths. Mike Escanilla has seven steals to stand second on the team.

TRE-VON IS BACK AND SWINGING
Tre-von Johnson is back in the UMES lineup and hitting the ball well. The all-time UMES hits leader has hit safely in six of his first seven games this season, including five multi-hit contests. He earned his first home run of the season against Navy on Wednesday.

BUY IN THE BULL-MARKET
Stephen Bull has been crushing the ball as of late, standing on a six-game hitting streak going into Friday. Four of those contests have been multi-hit games, and the junior left fielder is hitting .339 with 10 walks in 14 games.