UMES RETURNS HOME TO REMATCH AGAINST NAVY
Connor Breslin and the Hawks take on Navy on Tuesday at 3 p.m.

Connor Breslin and the Hawks take on Navy on Tuesday at 3 p.m.

April 15, 2013

Game Notes - UMES vs. Navy

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - After nearing two weeks away from home, UMES comes back to Hawks Stadium on Tuesday for a mid-week rematch against the U.S. Naval Academy. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. in Princess Anne.

The Hawks are coming off a series loss on the road to Norfolk State, entering Tuesday at 6-32 overall and 3-12 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Last weekend, Navy split its four-game set with Holy Cross and comes into the contest at 19-19 and 6-6 in the Patriot League.

UMES and Navy met in Annapolis on March 27th at Max Bishop Stadium. The Midshipmen won the contest 9-4, led by multi-hit performances by Brandon Beans, Greg Dupell and Dave Milanes. For UMES, Stephen Bull went 2-for-3 with two runs and a pair of walks, while Brandon Schott went 2-for-4 and drove in a run.

LORD BYRON - HAS REACHED BASE LAST 35 GAMES
Byron Campbell, last year's Co-Most Improved Player for the UMES baseball, has reached base in his last 35 games, dating back to February 26th at the VMI Tournament.

He surpassed 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 .325 batting average, a .463 on-base percentage, 14 extra base hits, 13 doubles, a home run, a .452 slugging percentage, 57 total bases, 27 runs, 10 hit by pitches and 23 walks. His reached base streak also included a 13-game hitting streak and nine multi-hit contests.

LAST TIME OUT: UMES FALLS IN SERIES IN NORFOLK
Though UMES snapped a 14-game losing streak on Saturday, the Hawks fell in two out of three games to Norfolk State on the road over the weekend. UMES split the Saturday doubleheader, losing 5-0 and winning 8-6, before falling on Sunday 6-2.

 

 

In game two, Mike Escanilla had a great contest, going 4-for-4 with a triple, two runs and two RBI. Tre-von Johnson did as well, going 3-for-4 with a double and two runs brought in. In game three, Jordan Bone threw 5.1 innings with just one run allowed.

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 .306 batting average, 11 doubles and .407 slugging percentage. The two-year team captain also leads the team with three sacrifice flies and has brought home a team-best 22 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 1-5 record and a 6.34 ERA in 32.2 innings. In the game two slot is Will Turley, who has a team-best 4.78 ERA in 37 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 .246 with five doubles and has a MEAC Rookie of the Week award, taking the hot corner and Mike Escanilla, who leads all UMES players with 13 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 nine games.

SCOUTING THE OPPONENT:
Navy's two wins against Holy Cross on Sunday snapped a six-game losing streak over the last week. This is Navy's seventh game against a MEAC opponent, going 3-3 on the year, including a series win over Norfolk State.

The Mids are hitting .273 as a team coming into Tuesday. Junior first baseman Kash Manzelli is first on Navy and third in the Patriot League in batting average at .355, hitting two home runs and 25 RBI. Dave Milanes, a senior catcher/designated hitter, is batting .312 with a home run and 24 RBI. The team's top power hitter is senior outfielder Greg Dupell, who has 19 extra base hits, including 13 doubles and three home runs, bringing in 28 RBI and hitting .289.

Navy will be playing just one mid-week game this period and plans to throw a couple of pitchers. A starter has not been named, but possibles include: sophomore right-hander Brad Borosak, who is 0-3 with a 1.04 ERA in 17.1 innings, sophomore southpaw Charlie LaMar, who stands with a 6.23 ERA in 17.1 innings or Stephen Geiss, a senior righty who has a 5.14 ERA in seven innings pitched.

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 .338 with a team-best two home runs, driving in 11 runs and stealing three bases. Johnson has eight 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.