HAWKS HIT THE ROAD TO TAKE ON IN-STATE MEAC RIVAL COPPIN STATE
Jesus Hernandez is scheduled to throw in game three in this series.
Jesus Hernandez is scheduled to throw in game three in this series.

March 30, 2012

Game Notes - UMES @ Coppin State

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - UMES will head across the Bay Bridge to take on its in-state conference rival Coppin State in a matchup of Maryland's two MEAC baseball teams. The Hawks will face the Eagles in a doubleheader at Joe Cannon Stadium in Glen Burnie on Saturday at 2 p.m., finishing up with a Sunday matinee at noon.

The Hawks enter the game at 2-22 overall and 1-5 in conference play, having won their last weekend game against Delaware State for their first MEAC win. Coppin State is 0-22 this season, falling in a doubleheader to Norfolk State last weekend to begin MEAC play.

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 DEFEATED BY MOUNT 6-3
Despite a strong effort by the bullpen to hold late, UMES was not able to overcome an early deficit and fell 6-3 to Mount St. Mary's in a mid-week matchup at Hawks Stadium.

The Mountaineers scored five in the third and one more in the fourth to build a 6-1 lead. James Smith and Karim Gonzalez held MSM to just one hit in the final five innings, but the Hawks only got two runs more and fell short.

Including an RBI triple, Jeffrey Fleetwood went 2-for-4 with a walk. Malik Wylie walked as well to reach base three times off a 2-for-3 day, while Tre-Von Johnson increased his hit streak to five games, going 1-for-2 with a pair of sacrifice flies.

NEWSOME SWINGING STRONG
James Newsome, one of two UMES players to start all 23 games, began the season with a six-game hitting streak and has hit safely in 19 of 24 games played He is currently hitting .284 with a .409 slugging percentage, six doubles, a home run and nine RBI, the latter four being team highs.

TRE-VON TORCHING TEAMS
Preseason All-MEAC center fielder and team captain Tre-Von Johnson is on a five-game hitting streak plus has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games for UMES, with four multi-hit games in that span. In that stretch, Johnson has hit .348 (16-for-46), scoring seven runs plus stealing three bases. In addition, he has started 23 games in center field and has not committed an error, earning three outfield assists.

SACA SOLID IN RELIEF
In his nine combined relief appearances this season, Zachary Saca has thrown 28.2 innings with just 10 earned runs, earning a relief ERA of 3.14. 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 second lowest ERA at 4.55.

LORD BYRON
Hawks right fielder Byron Campbell has reached base in each of his last 17 games, hitting safely in 14 of those contests. In those 17 games, Campbell is hitting .311 (19-for-61) with an on-base percentage of .391, including seven walks and a hit by pitch. His season on-base percentage of .354 leads all Hawks with at least 15 starts.

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:
Coppin State is one of just two Division I teams without a win so far this season, standing at 0-22 on the year and is 0-2 in the MEAC. Playing at home at Joe Cannon Stadium, CSU is 0-12. The team is a very young one, with 15 of the 21 players being in their freshman season.

As a team, the Eagles currently hit .194. The team's primary left fielder, freshman Mike Wright, is CSU's top hitter with a .302 batting average. Freshman catcher Alex Brown has driven in the most runs with 10, hitting .279 with an on-base percentage of .405 with nine walks and six hit by pitches. No other player hits above .240 going into the weekend; the closest is freshman DH Jordan Ellis at .238.

The ERA is 8.56 on the season for Coppin State. The top starter for the Eagles is freshman righty Ben Jarboe, standing 0-7 with a 5.40 ERA despite 18 unearned runs allowed in a team-high 38.1 innings. Fellow freshman right-hander Madison Neddo is scheduled to go game two; he is currently 0-5 with a 12.41 ERA, including six starts. Going on Sunday will be Baltimore-local Zach Spahn, a sophomore southpaw that is 0-3 with a 7.27 ERA.

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 .232 and is tied for second on the team with four doubles and five total extra base hits.

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.