UMES BASEBALL SET FOR FOUR GAMES AT DELAWARE STATE THIS WEEKEND
Skylar Murray (above) looks to continue his hot hitting with four games at Delaware State this weekend
Skylar Murray (above) looks to continue his hot hitting with four games at Delaware State this weekend

April 17, 2014

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – The University of Maryland Eastern Shore baseball team resumes its Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference schedule this weekend as the Hawks travel to Delaware State for four games, beginning tomorrow at 1 p.m. The Hawks will play doubleheaders on both Friday and Saturday.

With a sweep of the series, UMES (9-20) can jump into first-place in the MEAC North. DSU is currently 8-4 in the MEAC, while Norfolk State sits two games back at 8-6. Coppin State is third at 6-8, while UMES is fourth at 4-8. Delaware State is the best hitting team in the league with .342, while UMES stands third at .269.

UMES is fresh off a split with Lehigh on Wednesday. The Hawks had 12-hits to defeat the Mountain Hawks, 11-3, to end a seven-game Lehigh win streak. The Hawks have won four games over the past nine days, including 1-of-3 at home against Norfolk State last weekend. The victory also helped the maroon and gray eclipse its win total from last year.

The Hawks come into the matchup with atleast 10 hits in four of the past seven games. Senior Stephen Bull (Millsboro, De.) is leading the charge with a 21-game hit streak dating back to March 2nd. The outfielder picked up four player of the week honors last week, including NCAA Player of the Week, Louisville Slugger Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball, MEAC Player of the Week and Corvias ECAC Player of the Week.

His play is being paralleled by sophomore Mike Escanilla (Waldorf, Md.), who has reached base safely in each of the past 22 contests. The shortstop is hitting .321 and has five games this year with atleast three hits. Freshman Jesse Stinnett (Madison Heights, Va.) has won two of his last three games. He has gone more than five innings in each of his last six starts and leads UMES with a 3-3 record.


 

 

Senior Bernard Parker (Waldorf, Md.) has allowed just one run in his last five innings. He leads the Hawks with a 3.33 ERA. Hitting wise, UMES is batting a .269 clip as a team and have eight players hitting over .250, three of which are over .400.

Delaware State has the No. 2 and No. 3 ranked hitters in all of Division I baseball. DJ Miller is hitting .438 and Mike Alexander stands at .435. The team is hitting .388 in conference and recently saw Matt McClain named MEAC Pitcher of the Week and Ron Farley as the MEAC Rookie of the Week.

The Hawks will send Stinnett, sophomore J.P. Black (Elkton, Md.) and freshman Philip Berry (Milford, Del.) to the hill this weekend. The other starter has yet to be determined as of press time.

SFM Sports will be covering this weekend's games on the Hawks Radio Network. Ryon Downing will have the call for UMES and can be heard on the Listen Live! link.

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