UMES LOOKS TO CONTINUE WINNING WAYS WITH MEAC SET AGAINST SPARTANS
April 11, 2014
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – It has been a week all about winning for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore baseball team and the Hawks look to continue that trend this weekend , when the men host Norfolk State for a three-game series at Hawk Stadium. The men are fresh off a regular season sweep of the Naval Academy earlier in the week. This series with Norfolk State will be the second in three weeks as NSU won 2-of-3 at the end of March.
UMES (7-17, 3-6 MEAC) has atleast 13 hits in three of its last four games . The Hawks have 61 hits since April 5 and have used several strong pitching performances to post three wins this week. Despite a few fielding blunders, the Hawks have had some timely hitting and pitched out of a few jams to improve their overall record.
UMES has been propelled by the efforts of senior Stephen Bull (Waldorf, Md.) and junior Greg Turlik (Gaithersburg, Md.). Bull is currently riding a 16-game hit streak and is 13-of-24 in the past five games. The center fielder has flashed some glove in the outfield as well with several key snags in the gaps. He has had atleast three hits in three of the Hawks’ five games this week.
Turlik has hit safely in all by five games this season and has six RBI over the past five games. He has the only Hawks’ homer this year and is hitting .302.
The Hawks pitching staff is being led by a pair of freshman weekend starters in Jesse Stinnett (Madison Heights, Va.) and Philip Berry (Milford, Del.). Sophomore J.P. Black (Elkton, Md.) is off the shelf and back in business, while senior Bernard Parker (Waldorf, Md.) has been lights out from the UMES bullpen.
Stinnett has logged quality starts in each of his last four outings, three of which have been in wins. He has fanned 20 and walked just eight in that span. Berry is chasing Stinnett’s 3.83 ERA with a 4.22 of his own. He has six starts and was fantastic last weekend against Coppin State, where he carried a one-hitter into the eighth.
Parker has not conceded a run in his past four outings, a span of seven innings. He has only allowed three earned runs since March 2 and was a big part of UMES’ victory at Navy on April 8. That outing saw Parker limit the Mids to just one hit in four shutout innings.
NSU (10-18, 6-5 MEAC) is 6-2 over its last eight games, including MEAC series wins over the Hawks and Coppin State. They are hitting just .245 as a team, but has been pitching well as of late to make up for it.
Ross Cardwell is hitting .341 with seven doubles and 16 RBI in 28 games, while Zach Markelis hitting a .270 clip with six doubles, one triple and one bomb. NSU has struck out 166 times on the year and have received just 107 free passes.
The Spartans’ Devin Hemmerich leads the way with a 2.87 ERA in 14 appearances. Matt Outman is the top starter with a 3-1 record and 4.32 ERA in 33.1 innings. The Spartans have also seen Stephen Butt and Justin Bhatti each log atleast four starts.
Outman, Butt and Bhatti look to counter UMES’ rotation of Stinnett, Black and Berry this weekend.
The teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday, beginning at 1 p.m., before concluding the series with a single game on Sunday at noon.
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