UMES SET TO PLAY TWO CONTESTS AGAINST MIDSHIPMEN THIS WEEK
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore baseball team resumes its out of conference schedule this week as the Hawks are set to play two contests against the Naval Academy. UMES will host Navy at 3 p.m. tomorrow, before traveling to Annapolis to play the Midshipmen at 3 p.m. on Wednesday. The Hawks have lost their last 18 meetings against Navy, a record that dates back over a decade.
UMES (5-17, 3-6 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) will send sophomore Will Turley (Greensboro, Md.) to the bump for Tuesday's contest at Hawk Stadium, while junior Chipper Smith (Florence, S.C.) gets the ball on Wednesday.
The pair will looked to be backed up by a potent Hawk offense that has seen senior Stephen Bull (Millsboro, Del.) hit safely in 13 straight games, including three hit performances in two of the last three. Senior Bernard Parker (Waldorf, Md.) has been great out of the bullpen for UMES with nine appearances and a 3.93 ERA.
Sophomore Mike Escanilla (Waldorf, Md.) has hit well over the past few weeks and freshman Justin Dattilo (Pittsburgh, Pa.) has stood out as one of the conference's elite rookie catchers. UMES is hitting .260 on the season altogether, despite losing five of its past six games.
Navy (16-17) comes into the match winning three of its past four contests, including a four-game split with Holy Cross this past weekend. The Midshipmen are 3-2 against MEAC teams in 2014 and have six players hitting .250 or better. Sophomore right-hander Sam Sorensen will get the start for Navy on Tuesday.
The Midshipmen are being led by Robert Currie, who is hitting .347 with 14 RBI in 33 games. Kash Manzelli has 21 RBI and six doubles as Navy is hitting .23 points higher than its opponents this year. Kelvin McKelvey has been magnificent out of the pen with a 0.77 ERA in eight appearances and Navy has nine pitchers with under a 3.70 ERA.
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