UMES HEADS ACROSS THE BAY BRIDGE TO FACE COPPIN STATE
April 5, 2013
GLEN BURNIE, Md. - The Hawks will rematch against in-state rival Coppin State this weekend for a three-game set. UMES takes on the Eagles in a doubleheader on Saturday at 1 p.m. followed by a single game at 12 p.m. on Sunday at Joe Cannon Stadium in Glen Burnie, Maryland.
This will be the second of three series between the two Maryland-based teams. Coppin State won two games out of three in Princess Anne in mid-March, taking game one 7-0, falling in the second contest 3-0 and winning the rubber match 7-6 in the first conference series of the year for both schools.
UMES fell in a pair of contests during the mid-week and, after falling in its last eight games, stands at 5-26 this season and 2-7 in the MEAC Northern Division for fourth place. Coppin State is coming off a series loss to Norfolk State last weekend, taking the last game of the three-game set, to hold a 6-19 overall record and 3-6 conference tally, standing in third place in the MEAC North.
LORD BYRON - HAS REACHED BASE LAST 28 GAMES
Currently he leads the team in many offensive categories, including a .356 batting average, a .470 on-base percentage, 11 extra base hits, a .467 slugging percentage, 49 total bases, 26 runs, nine hit by pitches, 17 walks and nine stolen bases.
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Stephen Bull hit safely in each game, combining to go 4-for-8 with a pair of runs. Earning an RBI hit in each game, Jeffrey Fleetwood reached base in five plate appearances, going 3-for6-6 with two RBI.
SCHOTT ON THE JOHNNY BENCH AWARD WATCH LIST
Schott, the only player that plays in the state of Maryland or the MEAC to be nominated for the award, stands with a .318 batting average, 10 doubles and .432 slugging percentage. The two-time team captain also leads the team with three sacrifice flies and has brought home 17 runs so far this season.
Pedro Swann TAKES OVER AS UMES HEAD COACH
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.
NEW LOOK INFIELD PAYS DIVIDENDS
At the left side of the infield, two freshmen man the ranks with Connor Breslin, who has earned multi-hit games his last two contests, 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 nine of his last 12 contests.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT:
Hitting .225 as a team, CSU is led by junior outfielder Chris Kashangaki, who has team-highs with a .307 batting average, 12 RBI and 19 stolen bases. Freshman outfielder Jack Kraft is on a 16-game hitting streak, batting .278 this season. One of the main power threats is junior infielder Chris Godfrey, who is batting .241 with a home run, five doubles and 12 RBI.
The Eagles plan to throw the same three starters they did in the first series against UMES. Sophomore right-hander Myles Taylor, who went seven scoreless against the Hawks last time, is 1-4 with a .245 ERA in 36.2 innings. Freshman southpaw Shane Davies is 1-4 with a 5.12 ERA in 31.2 innings, allowing three runs in a complete game loss to UMES last outing. Going 3.2 innings with three runs in a no decision against the Hawks, freshman lefty Anderson Burgess is 0-2 with a 7.89 ERA in 21.2 innings.
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