April 13, 2012
Game Notes - Norfolk State @ UMES
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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - The Hawks are set to play their second of three series against Norfolk State in Princess Anne this weekend. UMES will play the Spartans in a doubleheader on Saturday at noon and also at noon on Sunday for a single game. Attendance to all games at Hawks Stadium is free.
UMES has won its last seven conference games to take second place in the MEAC North, entering with a 7-5 MEAC record and 8-25 overall tally. Norfolk State, having been swept by Delaware State last weekend, is 5-6 in-conference and 9-19 overall. In the last series with these teams in the middle of March, the Spartans swept the series in Norfolk, winning 7-5, 8-1 and 5-2.
JOHNSON NAMED PRESEASON ALL-MEAC
The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference has announced that Hawks outfielder Tre-Von Johnson has been named to the 2012 Preseason All-MEAC Team. Last season as a sophomore, Johnson earned Second Team All-MEAC after finishing with a .359 average as the UMES leadoff hitter, including 11 doubles and three triples. He led the Hawks with 15 stolen bases in 18 attempts plus contributed a .985 fielding percentage in 49 starts, primarily in center field.
WITTE NAMED MEAC PITCHER OF THE WEEK
LAST TIME: UMES FALLS IN CLOSE GAMES TO LEHIGH
After nearly making UMES history with a one-hit complete game victory over Coppin State, Tyler Witte was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week for the period ending April 2nd. Witte pitched all seven innings in the win over the Eagles, striking out nine and not allowing a hit in the first five frames. It is the first weekly award for Witte in his UMES career and the first one for UMES this season.
UMES had the possible tying and winning runs at the plate or further in each contest against Lehigh but just fell short. The Hawks came back down four runs in game one but lost 7-6, and fell in the second matchup 5-3.
Bernard Parker once again had a strong start, throwing four scoreless innings in game two. Zachary Saca had two scoreless outings in relief, while Michael Epps allowing just one run in three-and-a-third.
Jeffrey Fleetwood increased his hitting streak to 10 games, the highest streak this season for any Hawk, getting three hits in eight at bats. Shaquille Bagwell and Tre-Von Johnson also hit safely in both games, with the former going 3-for-7 with two RBI and the ladder going 3-for-9 with a pair of runs.
NEWSOME SWINGING STRONG
Third baseman James Newsome, who is one of only two Hawks to start in all 33 games this season, leads the Hawks in many offensive categories, sporting a team-high .314 average, eight doubles, two home runs, 10 hit-by-pitches and a .466 slugging percentage. In his last 12 games, Newsome is hitting .410 (16-for-39) with two home runs, nine runs scored and eight RBI.
TRE-VON TORCHING TEAMS
Preseason All-MEAC center fielder and team captain Tre-Von Johnson has hit safely in 17 of his last 21 games, with six multi-hit games in that span. In that stretch, Johnson has hit .316 (25-for-79), scoring 14 runs plus stealing six bases. In addition, he has started 32 games in center field and has not committed an error, earning four outfield assists.
SACA SOLID IN RELIEF
In his 17 combined relief appearances this season, Zachary Saca has thrown 37.2 innings with just 12 earned runs, earning a relief ERA of 2.87. He earned two wins in relief against Coppin State, combining for one run allowed in 6.1 innings with five strikeouts. He currently has the team's lowest ERA at 3.96 and the best K-BB ratio at 21-5.
Hawks right fielder Byron Campbell has reached base in each of his last 26 games, a team best this season, hitting safely in 20 of those contests including a seven-game hitting streak from March 24th to April 3rd.
2011 IN REVIEW
Despite a 9-41 record last year, the Hawks more than doubled their conference victories from 2009, finishing with a 7-11 MEAC season and 5-seed in the conference tournament. UMES earned series victories over Florida A&M, sweeping the Rattlers, and Coppin State at home. After a first round loss to Delaware State, UMES earned its first conference tournament victory since 2007 with an 11-7 win over Florida A&M before falling to North Carolina A&T. Senior Bryan Chaikowsky became the first Hawk in over 20 years to earn First Team All-MEAC, while Tre-Von Johnson was named Second Team All-MEAC.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT:
Norfolk State is in third place in the MEAC Northern Division, currently 1.5 games behind UMES in the standings. The Spartans come into the weekend on a seven-game losing streak after previously having won eight straight.
Senior second baseman Rafael Colon leads the Spartans with a .340 average, eight doubles and 16 walks. Cameron Day, a sophomore who splits time between right field and DH, is batting .325 with five extra base hits, including three triples. Senior third baseman Ryan Montgomery has a team-high 12 RBI with a .264 average. As a team, Norfolk State bats .252.
The NSU weekend rotation has three pitchers with a sub-4 ERA. Sophomore righty Justin Bhatti is 2-3 with a 2.66 ERA, striking out 31 in 44 innings. Southpaw sophomore Ryan VanAssche has thrown 46.2 innings, getting 37 strikeouts with a 2-4 record and 3.86 ERA. Junior right-hander Jordan Egan stands 1-3 with a 3.27 ERA, getting 32 strikeouts in 41.1 frames.
BIG GAME BRANDON
Hawks starting catcher Brandon Schott, named a team captain in his first year with the program, has four three-hit games for UMES. No other Hawk has more than two such games. He is currently hitting .253 with 13 RBI, driving in four in the last game against Coppin State.
FLEETWOOD ON FIRE
Earning 12 RBI combined in his last eight games, scoring eight runs in that stretch, Jeffrey Fleetwood leads UMES with 18 RBI on the season. The first baseman is tied for the team lead with two home runs and is second with a .373 slugging percentage. He is currently on a ten-game hitting streak, batting .350 (14-for-40) with a home run, three doubles and a triple in that span.
FOREMAN GOING THE DISTANCE
As UMES's starter in the seven-inning MEAC games, Jacob Foreman is 3-1 in conference play, sporting a 4.85 ERA including three complete games. He has thrown a team-high 40.2 innings and struck out 41, with opponents batting .263 against him.
UMES BASEBALL RETURNS TO WGOP 540 AM
WGOP, a 500-watt station in Pocomoke City, is the exclusive home for UMES baseball, women's basketball and volleyball and will air all home and select away games this season. Dave Vatz returns for his second season as the voice of Hawks baseball.
RELY ON THE OLD LINE STATE.....
UMES has 12 players on the roster from the home state of Maryland, including four players from the Eastern Shore. Three players, Dylan Bell, Devin Repine and Zach Townsend hail from Salisbury, while Tre-Von Johnson comes from East New Market.
.....OR ON THE FIRST STATE
Six players from the state of Delaware have come down south to suit up for the Maroon and Grey. Three players hail from Delmar High School in lower Delaware: Nick Cooper, Jeffrey Fleetwood and Thomas Grey.