UMES FINISHES HOMESTAND WITH MID-WEEK VS. NAVY
Will Gardner looks to even the series with Navy on Tuesday.

Will Gardner looks to even the series with Navy on Tuesday.

April 16, 2012

Game Notes - Navy @ UMES

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - The Hawks look to finish their homestand with a winning record as they host Navy for the second game of the regular season series. UMES is currently 4-4 during the homestand, including four conference victories, and is looking to even the series against the Midshipmen.

UMES comes in with a 9-27 record, standing 8-7 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Navy is 15-22 in 2012, going 3-9 in the Patriot League. Last time out between these two teams, Navy defeated the Hawks 21-1 in Annapolis on February 22nd. UMES is 0-3 against the Patriot League, while Navy is currently 4-1 against the MEAC.

JOHNSON HONORED AS MEAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Going .625 over a period of five games, including 12 hits in 15 at bats against Norfolk State, Tre-Von Johnson was named MEAC Player of the Week. The Hawks center fielder went a perfect 6-for-6 in the first game of the doubleheader, going 3-for-4 in the second contest for a nine-hit day. He scored seven times during the week, also getting four doubles, a stolen base and bringing in four runs

NEWSOME SWINGING STRONG
Third baseman James Newsome, who is one of only two Hawks along with Stephen Bull to start in all 33 games this season, leads the Hawks in many offensive categories, sporting a .321 average, a team-high nine doubles, two home runs, 12 hit-by-pitches and a .481 slugging percentage. In his last 15 games, Newsome is hitting .404 (21-for-52) with two home runs, 13 runs scored and 10 RBI.

LAST TIME: UMES TAKES ONE OF THREE FROM NSU
Despite winning game two to finish the Saturday doubleheader, the Hawks fell in the bookend games against Norfolk State to fall in the three-game series, The Hawks fell in game one 11-10 in ten innings despite a ninth inning three-run comeback, took game two 11-4, and fell in the Sunday game 9-5.

 

 

Jacob Foreman earned his fourth straight victory with a complete game in the second contest, allowing just one earned run in seven innings with six strikeouts.

Tre-Von Johnson had a career day on Saturday, going 6-for-6 in game one and finishing the doubleheader with nine, ending the series going 12-for-15. Brandon Schott had a pair of three-RBI games to finish the series, while Jeffrey Fleetwood extended his hitting streak to 13 games.

TRE-VON TORCHING TEAMS
Preseason All-MEAC center fielder and team captain Tre-Von Johnson has hit safely in 20 of his last 24 games, with nine multi-hit games in that span. In that stretch, Johnson has hit .394 (37-for-94), including a 6-for-6 game against Norfolk State, scoring 19 runs plus stealing seven bases. He has started 35 games in center field and has not committed an error in `12.

SACA SOLID IN RELIEF
In his 19 combined relief appearances this season, Zachary Saca has thrown 43 innings with just 15 earned runs, earning a relief ERA of 3.14. 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 4.09 and the best K-BB ratio at 26-6.

LORD BYRON
Hawks right fielder Byron Campbell has reached base in each of his last 29 games, a team best this season, hitting safely in 23 of those contests including a seven-game hitting streak from March 24th to April 3rd.

WITTE NAMED MEAC PITCHER OF THE WEEK
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.

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:
Navy comes into Tuesday having fallen in five of its last six contests after a home series defeat against conference opponent Holy Cross.

Senior outfielder Alex Azor leads the Midshipmen with a .348 average, adding 19 walks for a .459 on-base percentage. Greg Dupell, a junior infielder, leads the team with three home runs, nine doubles and 29 RBI, hitting .289. Sophomore infielder Nikolai Simonsen is hitting .276 with seven extra base hits, including four triples. As a team, the Mids are hitting .245.

On the mound, Navy has a 4.58 ERA. Possible starters in this contest include freshman right-hander Stephen Moore, who in 11 appearances has an 0-3 record with a 3.71 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 34 innings, and freshman southpaw Anthony Parenti, who is 2-2 with a 3.75 ERA in 16 appearances, striking out 18 in 24 innings.

BIG GAME BRANDON
Hawks starting catcher Brandon Schott, named a team captain in his first year with the program, has five three-hit games for UMES. Only Tre-Von Johnson has as many games with at least three hits. He is currently hitting .266 with eight doubles and 19 RBI, driving in six with a pair of three-RBI games to finish the series against Norfolk State.

FLEETWOOD ON FIRE
Earning 16 RBI combined in his last 11 games, scoring 13 runs in that stretch, Jeffrey Fleetwood leads UMES with 22 RBI on the season. The first baseman is tied for the team lead with two home runs and is second with a .414 slugging percentage. He is currently on a 13-game hitting streak, batting .370 (20-for-54) with a home run, three triples and a trio of doubles in that span.

FOREMAN GOING THE DISTANCE
As UMES's starter in the seven-inning MEAC games, Jacob Foreman is 4-1 in conference play, sporting a 4.09 ERA including four complete games against the MEAC. He has thrown a team-high 47.2 innings and struck out 47, with opponents batting .255 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.

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.