UMES HEADS ACROSS THE BAY BRIDGE TO FACE COPPIN STATE
Jesus Hernandez struck out five Eagles in a three-inning save on March 17th.
Jesus Hernandez struck out five Eagles in a three-inning save on March 17th.

April 5, 2013

Game Notes - UMES @ Coppin State

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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
Byron Campbell, last year's Co-Most Improved Player for the UMES baseball, has reached base in his last 28 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 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.

LAST TIME OUT: UMES DEFEATED TWICE IN MIDWEEK
The Hawks renewed a pair of rivalries from before 1995 this week. UMES narrowly fell in a pitching duel at Hawks Stadium 3-1 to in-state foe UMBC before a loss to Wilmington 14-4 on the road.

 

 

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
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, 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
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 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:
Coppin State will play its fourth MEAC series after getting swept by Delaware State and falling in a three-game set to Norfolk State.

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.

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 43 times, being successful in 29 tries, nearly averaging a steal per a game. Mike Escanilla and Byron Campbell are tied for the team lead with nine steals, with the former doing it in 11 attempts, for an 82% steal percentage, and the latter in 12 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 multi-hit games. The junior left fielder is hitting .316 with 11 walks in 19 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.