UMES SET TO FACE TOWSON ON TUESDAY
April 8, 2013
TOWSON, Md. - The Hawks will head back across the Bay Bridge on Tuesday to take on Towson for their only game during the midweek. First pitch is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at John B. Schuerholz Park in Towson.
This is the third-straight season UMES and Towson will play a game. The Tigers defeated the Hawks in the first-ever meeting in 2011 as well as 2012. Tuesday's contest will be the lone regular season meeting between the two schools.
UMES is looking to snap a 12-game losing streak, capped by falling in three games to Coppin State in Glen Burnie over the weekend, coming in at 5-29 overall and 2-10 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. The Tigers are coming off winning two out of three at home against William & Mary to stand at 15-16 this year and 7-5 in the Colonial Athletic Association.
LORD BYRON - HAS REACHED BASE LAST 31 GAMES
He is chasing his own personal best record, as he reached base in 34 consecutive in 2012 from March 2nd until April 27th.
Currently he leads the team in many offensive categories, including a .336 batting average, a .469 on-base percentage, 12 extra base hits, 11 doubles, a home run, a .460 slugging percentage, 52 total bases, 26 runs, nine hit by pitches and 20 walks. His reached base streak also included a 13-game hitting streak and nine multi-hit contests.
LAST TIME OUT: UMES SWEPT BY COPPIN STATE
Tre-von Johnson hit safely in all three games, going 5-for-11 (.455) with two runs and an RBI. Including a 3-for-3 contest in game two, Jeffrey Fleetwood hit .364. On the pitching end, Will Turley through his first complete game with UMES, going six innings with three runs in the second contest.
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 .316 batting average, 11 doubles and .429 slugging percentage. The two-year team captain also leads the team with three sacrifice flies and has brought home 20 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 leads all freshmen with a .260 batting average and has a MEAC Rookie of the Week award, taking the hot corner and Mike Escanilla, who leads all UMES players with 11 multi-hit contests, 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 hit safely in four out of five games last week.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT:
In the lineup, junior outfielder Dominic Fratantuono is the team's leading hitter with a .371 batting average, four home runs and 33 RBI. The primary power threat is senior catcher Andrew Parker, who hits .291 with 11 doubles, five home runs and 23 RBI. Graduate student Zach Fisher is currently batting .292 with 17 RBI and seven stolen bases. As a team, the Tigers are batting .275.
On the mound, possible starters for Towson for Tuesday include freshman right-hander Nik Nowottnick, who has a 2-2 record and a 3.52 ERA in 15.1 innings, and fellow freshman righty Kevin Ross, who has a 5.40 ERA in 10 innings. Out of the bullpen, sophomore right-hander Nick Cioffi has a pair of saves in 14 appearances, standing with a 4.34 ERA in 29 innings. Senior southpaw Mike Ryan has made nine appearances in relief, going 5-1 with a 2.91 ERA in 21.2 innings.
HAWKS BASEBALL RETURNS TO WGOP 540 AM
TRE-VON IS BACK AND SWINGING
BRESLIN NAMED MEAC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK