UMES FACES ST. PETER'S IN DOUBLEHEADER WEDNESDAY
April 5, 2011
JERSEY CITY, N.J. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore baseball team (4-23) travels to Saint Peter's on Wednesday for a midweek doubleheader at Jaroshak Field in Jersey City, N.J. first pitch is slated for 1 p.m. The teams have played twice before with the Peacocks sweeping a doubleheader on April 8, 2009, 4-0 and 9-8, at Cochrane Stadium.
SCOUTING SAINT PETER'S Saint Peter's comes into Wednesday's games with a record of 8-15 overall and 2-1 in the MAAC. The Peacocks have won five of their last seven games, including two of three against conference-foe Niagara over the weekend. Brian Koster leads a group of three SPC players hitting above .300 at .377 in 20 games. Koster's batting average ranks fifth in the conference. As a team, Saint Peter's is sixth in the MAAC in hitting at .271 and fifth in pitching with a 4.66 ERA. The Peacocks were chosen eighth in the nine-time MAAC in the league's preseason poll.
LAST SERIES: UMES took one-of-three games over the weekend at Delaware State to even its conference mark at 3-3. Luis Mena belted a fifth-inning home run in the middle game of the series and the Hawks held on for a 6-5 win at Soldier Field on Saturday. UMES dropped the other two games of the set, 6-0 and 14-4.
ON THE MOUND: Freshman right-handers Zach Saca and Bernard Parker get the starts in the doubleheader for UMES opposing righty Kevin Croucher and lefty Jeremy Ives for Saint Peter's. Saca will make his second start of the season while Parker will make his third. Saca comes into play with an 0-2 record and 15.28 ERA. He's thrown the fifth-most innings on the team with 25.1. Parker is 0-1 in 11 appearances with a 5.91 ERA. Croucher is 1-2 in 15.2 innings with a 2.30 ERA while Ives is 0-1 in 14.2 with a 9.29 ERA.
CHAIKOWSKY SCORES: Bryan Chaikowsky is third in the MEAC in runs scored with 25, behind Delaware State's Scott Davis and Keith Hernandez. Chaikowsky scored a team-high six times in a doubleader at Campbell on March 22.
JOHNSON KEEPS ON HITTING: Sophomore center fielder Tre-Von Johnson first in the MEAC with 36 hits and eighth in the league with a .340 batting average (36-for-106).
... AND RUNNING: Johnson is also tied for sixth in the league with seven stolen bases and tied for third with three triples. Through games of April 3, He is 45th in the nation in triples, 287th in steals and 399th in total bases.
CHICKS DIG THE LONGBALL: Bryan Chaikowsky is tied for fifth in the conference with four home runs. The four longballs put him 130th in the country in the category.
NEWSOME 5-FOR-5: Junior shortstop Jaime Newsome broke out of an early-season 3-for-21 slump on Feb. 28, going 5-for-5 with two doubles, two triples with four runs scored and five batted in. The five RBI were the most for a UMES player since Bryan Chaikowsky had five against North Carolina Central on May 8, 2010 in a 12-2 win at Hawks Stadium. Newsome also the first UMES player to collect five hits in a game since Elliott Alston was 5-for-6 against Lehigh on Feb. 25, 2009 in an 8-7 11-inning loss.
20 RUNS IN A LOSS?: UMES fell 22-20 to Fairleigh Dickinson despite holding what seemed to be an insurmountable lead of 20-10 for FDU late in the game. The Knights scored eight runs in the ninth to take the rubber game of the series. The 20 runs are the most in a loss for the Hawks since UMES lost to Maine, 26-15, on April 1, 2006.
CHIAKOWSKY, WIGGINS TAKING TWO: Seniors Bryan Chaikowsky and Nick rank in a tie for third in the MEAC with eight doubles this season. The pair are behind Ryan Durrence (11) and D.J. Leonard of Bethune-Cookman (10).
CHAIKOWSKY NAMED BLACK COLLEGE BASEBALL PLAYER OF WEEK: Bryan Chaikowsky was named Black College Baseball Player of the Week for the period ending March 27 on Monday. Chaikowsky hit .563 (9-for-16) leading UMES to a 2-2 week in games at Campbell and home against Coppin State. He collected a career-high six RBI in Game 1 of a doubleheader versus CSU to help UMES to a 16-6 win in its MEAC opener. Chaikowsky also laced two doubles and his team-leading fourth triple in the run-rule win in eight innings. He also tallied eight runs scored, eight driven in and a stolen base on the week.
UMES PICKED SIXTH IN MEAC: The Hawks were picked to finish sixth in the MEAC Preseason Poll, garnering 46 points to top Coppin State (36). Bethune-Cookman was chosen as the unanimous selection to repeat as MEAC champions and to win its sixth straight conference title. North Carolina A&T earned 134 points to take the second spot in the poll while Norfolk State (128), Delaware State (100) and Florida A&M (60) are projected to round out the field in that order. WIGGINS, CHAIKOWSKY GETTING IT DONE IN THE CLUTCH: Eleven of Nick Wiggins' 18 RBI have come with two outs in an inning, a number that is tied for second in the league. Also, 10 of Bryan Chaikowsky's 18 have come in the same situations, placing him in a tie for fifth. Bethune-Cookman's Peter O'Brien leads the category with 19 two-ount RBI.
CHAIKOWSKY PRESEASON ALL-MEAC: Senior designated hitter Bryan Chaikowsky was named to the preseason All-MEAC team. Chaikowsky, a second team All-MEAC selection in 2010, batted .293 with 10 doubles, two triples, three home runs and 25 RBI last season. He had a slugging percentage of .431 and on-base percentage of .388 while drawing 20 walks and stealing 13-of-14 bases. The honor for Chaikowsky is his second consecutive preseason nod from the conference as he was given honorable mention All-MEAC recognition last year.
CHAIKOWSKY LEADS IN SLUGGING PERCENTAGE: Bryan Chaikowsky the MEAC in slugging percentage with a .622 mark in 24 games. Calculated by dividing total bases of all hits by at-bats, the figure is a measure of how well a player hits for power. Babe Ruth holds the Major League record with a .690 slugging percentage in his 22-year career.
THE DUDE ABIDES: Former UMES outfielder Ira "Dude" Smith was recently placed on the ballot for the College Baseball Hall of Fame. Smith won two consecutive NCAA batting titles in 1989 and 1990, hitting .488 and .519, respectively. His 1990 season ranks sixth all-time NCAA history while his .431 career average ranks 14th all-time. Smith's achievements during his collegiate career include getting 10 straight hits in three games and hitting three home runs in a span of four contests. After his UMES career, Smith was drafted in the 37th round in 1990 by the Los Angeles Dodgers. He spent nine years in minor league baseball followed by another five seasons in independent ball from 1990-2003. He reached the Triple-A level in 1995, hitting .325 in 59 games with the Las Vegas Stars. Smith was inducted into the MEAC Hall of Fame in 2010. He is also a member of the Eastern Shore Baseball Hall of Fame and the UMES Hall of Fame.