HAWKS OPEN HOME SCHEDULE WITH WEEKEND SET AGAINST COPPIN STATE
April 3, 2014
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – For the first time in 26 games, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore baseball team will play at Hawk Stadium, as the Hawks will host Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference rival, Coppin State, for a three-game set this weekend. The contests will be the first home matches of the year for the Hawks, who began 2014 playing their first 19 games on the road.
UMES (4-15, 2-4 MEAC) fell in two games of its three-game set at Coppin State a month ago. The Hawks outscored the Eagles 21-20 on the series, courtesy of a 14-3 victory in the final game on Sunday. CSU has won seven of the last nine meetings between the two squads and were 7-2 against UMES last season.
UMES will send freshman pitchers Jesse Stinnett (Madison Heights, Va.) and Philip Berry (Milford, Del.) to the hill for Saturday’s doubleheader. Stinett counter Coppin State’s Will Grebenstein the nine inning opener, before Berry matches up against Anderson Burgess in the nightcap. The series will conclude on Sunday with Coppin State’s Dillion O’Brien facing off against a yet to be determined starter for UMES.
Stinett has logged quality starts in each of his last three games, where he has a 16 to 4 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 23 innings. Berry has allowed just five earned runs in his past three starts, a span of 15.2 innings. The pair has thrown the first and second games of each of the past three doubleheaders. Senior Bernard Parker (Waldorf, Md.) continues to anchor the bullpen with a 4.41 ERA in eight appearances.
Sophomore Mike Escanilla (Waldorf, Md.) has hit safely in eight of his last nine games and leads the Hawks with a .329 batting average. Freshman catcher Justin Dattilo (Pittsburgh, Pa.) is hitting in the cleanup spot and has .321 average with a team-high 17 RBIs. Senior Byron Campbell (Waldorf, Md.) has been steady all season for UMES and is one of four players that have started and played in all 19 games this year.
Coppin State has lost its last four games by a combined score of 31-6. The Eagles are being led by Jack Kraft, who leads the team in the majority of offensive categories, including batting average (.316), hits (25), RBI (15) and triples (three). O’Brien has pounded the strike zone all year for CSU with just five walks in 22 innings and a team-best 4.84 ERA. Opponents are hitting .330 off Coppin State this season and the Eagles have six players with an ERA over six.
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