UMES SET TO FACE TOWSON ON TUESDAY
Dustin Aigner earned his first UMES career hit against Towson last season.
Dustin Aigner earned his first UMES career hit against Towson last season.

April 8, 2013

Game Notes - UMES @ Towson

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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
Byron Campbell, last year's Co-Most Improved Player for the UMES baseball, has reached base in his last 31 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 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
The Hawks had a couple of close games against Coppin State but were swept by the Eagles in the three-game set, falling 7-3, 3-1 in seven innings and 5-3.

 

 

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
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 .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
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 1-4 record and a 5.34 ERA in 30.1 innings. In the game two slot is Will Turley, who has a team-best 4.05 ERA in 31.1 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 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:
Towson will be wrapping up a five-game homestand on Tuesday with UMES. The Tigers are 2-2 in the homestand, including the series victory over William & Mary. Currently Towson is in fourth place in the CAA.

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
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 47 times, being successful in 32 tries, nearly averaging a steal per a game. Freshman Mike Escanilla has stolen a squad-best 10 bases in 13 attempts, with Byron Campbell just behind him with nine stolen bases 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 .358 with a team-best two home runs, driving in eight runs and stealing a pair of bases. Johnson has hit safely in his last four games and has seven multi-hit contests in 14 games played.

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.