UMES RENEWS OLD RIVALRIES THIS WEEK
J.P. Black is scheduled to start against UMBC on Wednesday.
J.P. Black is scheduled to start against UMBC on Wednesday.

April 2, 2013

Game Notes - UMES vs. UMBC, @ Wilmington

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - UMES will play a pair of contests in the mid-week, coming home to face in-state rival UMBC on Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Hawks Stadium, then heading to Delaware to face Wilmington on Thursday at 3 p.m. at Jim Sherman Sr. Stadium.

The Hawks will play UMBC for the first time in 26 years. In 1987, the Retrievers defeated the Hawks in a doubleheader 3-2 and 25-1. UMES has not faced Wilmington since 1994, when the Wildcats won all three games against the Hawks 6-4, 7-1 and 6-2.

Both games will be broadcast on the Hawks Radio Network, but only the UMBC game will be on WGOP 540 AM. The Wilmington game will be broadcast online only.

UMES comes into Wednesday after falling in all three games to Delaware State over the weekend, standing at 5-24 overall and 2-7 in the MEAC. UMBC was defeated in two out of three games to Stony Brook last weekend and now sports a 7-11 record and 4-5 standing in the America East Conference. Wilmington, a member of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference, comes into the week at 20-9 overall and 8-1 in-conference. The Wildcats will play Chestnut Hill in a doubleheader on Tuesday before the game with UMES.

LORD BYRON - HAS REACHED BASE LAST 26 GAMES
Byron Campbell, last year's Co-Most Improved Player for the UMES baseball, has reached base in his last 26 games, dating back to February 26th at the VMI Tournament. He is chasing his own personal best record, as he reached base in 34 consecutive games in 2012.

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.

 

 

LAST TIME OUT: UMES SWEPT BY DELAWARE STATE
UMES got swept in a three-game set in Dover to Route 13 rival Delaware State over the weekend. The Hawks fell in the first game 9-4 on Friday, then lost 12-0 and 17-5 in seven innings in the Saturday doubleheader.

Hitting safely in each contest, Mike Escanilla hit .417 (5-for-12) with a pair of runs scored. Byron Campbell reached base all three games and got three hits, including a home run to straight-away center field, in nine at bats with three runs scored.

SCHOTT ON THE 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.

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 1-3 record and a 4.97 ERA in 25.1 innings. In the game two slot is Will Turley, who has a team-best 4.28 ERA in 27.1 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 hit .333 against Delaware State this past weekend, 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 has hit safely in eight of his last 10 contests.

SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS:
UMBC is hitting just .211 as a team but boasts two batters hitting above .300. Freshman infielder Kevin LaChance hits .306 with seven RBI and a team-best five doubles. and four stolen bases Though he has started just nine games, junior catcher Brando Coluccio is also hitting .306, with five RBI.

The Retrievers plan to start rookie right-hander Riley Stephenson, who is 0-4 with a 10.97 ERA in 10.2 innings. Junior right-hander Jon Cohn is the team's top reliever, standing with a 2-1 record and 1.69 ERA in eight games, throwing 21.1 innings.

Wilmington comes into Tuesday hitting .289 as a squad. At third base, junior Josh Hampton bats .350 with 18 doubles, a home run and 24 RBI. With an on-base percentage of .440, senior outfielder Jordan Johnson hits .306 with 30 runs and 18 walks.

A starter has been been determined as of Monday, but possibles include junior southpaw Jamie Treml, who has a 4.19 ERA in 19.1 innings, and junior righty Jason Seitler, who is 16.1 innings has a 7.16 ERA.

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 40 times, being successful in 27 tries, nearly averaging a steal per a game. Mike Escanilla and Byron Campbell are tied for the team lead with eight steals, with the former doing it in 10 attempts, for an 80% steal percentage, and the latter in 11 attempts.

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 is hitting .333 with a team-best two home runs, driving in seven runs and stealing a pair of bases.

BUY IN THE BULL-MARKET
Stephen Bull has been crushing the ball as of late, snapping a seven-game hitting streak on Saturday. Four of those contests in that span were been multi-hit games, and the junior left fielder is hitting .294 with 10 walks in 17 games.

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.