UMES PLAYS THIRD STRAIGHT ROAD SERIES VS. NORFOLK STATE
Zachary Saca earned the game one win against Norfolk State in March.
Zachary Saca earned the game one win against Norfolk State in March.

April 12, 2013

Game Notes - UMES @ Norfolk State

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NORFOLK, Va. - The Hawks travel across the Bay Bridge-Tunnel on Saturday to begin a three-game series against MEAC opponent Norfolk State at the Marty L. Miller Baseball Field. UMES and the Spartans will play a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 1 p.m. followed by a single game Sunday at noon.

This will be the second and final series between the two schools this season. After winning the first game 6-5, UMES fell in the next two contests 7-6 and 8-2 to drop the series. Marty L. Miller Baseball Field will also be the site of the 2013 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament in May.

UMES comes in trying to end a 13-game losing streak, coming off a 7-4 loss to Towson, standing at 5-30 overall and 2-10 in-conference. The Spartans, despite falling to William & Mary 13-4 on Wednesday, have won their last three MEAC series to come into Saturday at 11-19 overall and 6-6 in the league.

LORD BYRON - HAS REACHED BASE LAST 32 GAMES
Byron Campbell, last year's Co-Most Improved Player for the UMES baseball, has reached base in his last 32 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 from March 2nd until April 27th.

Currently he leads the team in many offensive categories, including a .333 batting average, a .466 on-base percentage, 13 extra base hits, 12 doubles, a home run, a .462 slugging percentage, 54 total bases, 26 runs, nine hit by pitches and 21 walks. His reached base streak also included a 13-game hitting streak and nine multi-hit contests.

 

 

LAST TIME OUT: UMES EDGED OUT BY TOWSON 7-4
Despite UMES having its best-ever game against Towson on Tuesday, the Hawks fell short 7-4 with the tying run at the plate in the ninth. It was the only midweek game for the Hawks this week.

Two UMES players went 3-for-5: Stephen Bull scored twice from the leadoff spot, while Mike Escanilla earned his 12 multi-hit game of the season. A 1st inning double for Byron Campbell increased his reached base streak to 32-straight games.

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 is hitting .252 with four doubles and has a MEAC Rookie of the Week award, taking the hot corner and Mike Escanilla, who leads all UMES players with 12 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 has hit safely in six of his last seven games.

SCOUTING THE OPPONENT:
After getting swept in its first MEAC set, Norfolk State has won three of its last four conference series, including being the first MEAC North team to win a game against Delaware State this past weekend with a Saturday doubleheader sweep.

As a team, the Spartans are hitting .264 on the season. They are led by junior first baseman Zach Markel, who is batting .342 with two home runs and 24 RBI. Preseason All-MEAC junior outfielder Cameron Day bats .293 with two home runs and 18 walks. The team's top running threat is sophomore outfielder Mikey Bruno, who has nine stolen bases and 19 walks, hitting .213.

The planned starting rotation will be the same three pitchers UMES went against in the first series. Senior righty Chris Horne, who is 2-2 with a 4.25 ERA in 53 innings, is expected to pitch in game one. Senior southpaw Richie Salter will throw the seven-inning game, coming in at 4-3 with a 4.40 ERA in 43 innings. In game three will be junior right-hander Justin Bhatti, who stands at 2-4 this season and a 3.55 ERA in 45.2 innings. In the bullpen stands sophomore righty Troy Applin, who has made 16 appearances in relief to tally a 1-1 record, two saves and a 2.63 ERA in 27.1 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 Steve Pettit and Bill Berryhill serve as the primary producers in the Pocomoke City studio. All games that are broadcast will be available online for free.

MID-WEEK MONSTER
Stephen Bull has been a strong player for UMES during mid-week play, hitting .615, including a .885 slugging and .677 on-base percentages, in the last six games of non-conference play. Five of those games were multi-hit contests, including four hits against George Washington on March 26th. Bull has combined to score eight runs and drive in seven additional runs in those games.

TRE-VON IS BACK AND SWINGING
Tre-von Johnson is back in the UMES lineup after recovering from an injury and hitting the ball well. The all-time UMES hits leader is hitting .351 with a team-best two home runs, driving in eight runs and stealing three bases. Johnson has hit safely in his last five games and has seven multi-hit contests in 15 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.