UMES SET FOR TUESDAY DOUBLEHEADER AT GEORGETOWN
April 21, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The University of Maryland Eastern Shore baseball team is set to resume action this week when the men travel to Georgetown to take on the Hoyas for a doubleheader on Tuesday beginning at 2 p.m. The games against GU were originally scheduled to be played later in the afternoon but a lighting problem forced the team’s to move up the contests. Each game will consist of seven innings.
UMES (11-22, 6-10 MEAC) has been on a tear as of late, winning six of the past 13 games. The Hawks were swept by the Hoyas last season in two games, including a 17-15 decision last March. Senior Stephen Bull (Millsboro, Del.) and sophomore Mike Escanilla (Waldorf, Md.) each had three hits in the contest that saw the Hawks post 19 hits altogether.
The team has been the beneficiary of the recent hot play of Bull and senior Byron Campbell (Waldorf, Md.). Bull is currently riding a 25-game hit streak and has had three hits in seven of the past 14 games. Campbell upped his team-leading batting average to .381 after he combined to go 11-for-16 (.681) in four games at Delaware State this past weekend. The senior ripped two homers in the series and has reached base in each of the past 14 games.
Freshman Skylar Murray (Georgetown, Del.) has found a hot hand lately, hitting safely in each of the past five games and with 2-for-3 performances in three of those. UMES has double-digit hit tallies in each of the past five and are now hitting .279 with four players hitting over .300
UMES will send sophomore Will Turley (Greensboro, Md.) and junior Chipper Smith (Florence, S.C.) to the hill in the doubleheader. Smith was electric in the Hawks’ 11-3 win over Lehigh last week when he threw a complete-game allowed just three runs. Turley threw last week at Lehigh and logged 1.2 innings in relief this weekend.
Georgetown comes into the contest losing nine of the its past 10 games. The Hoyas are doing much better at home (6-6) than on the road (1-8) after beginning the year 3-3. Sophomore Nick Collins leads the team with a .353 batting average and 28 RBI. GU has three starters hitting over .300 but are hitting .252 as a team this season.
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