HAWKS AND COLONIALS BATTLE IN TUESDAY GAME
Karim Gonzalez is scheduled to start for the third time this season.

Karim Gonzalez is scheduled to start for the third time this season.

April 23, 2012

Game Notes - UMES @ GW

ARLINGTON, Va. - UMES heads back across the Bay Bridge for a mid-week matchup against George Washington at Field No. 6 at Barcroft Park in Arlington, Virginia.

This is the first of two scheduled games between these two teams, with the second contest to be played on May 2nd at Hawks Stadium.

The Hawks come into this contest with a 9-31 record, standing 8-10 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. The Colonials, representing the Atlantic 10 Conference, are currently 15-25 in 2012 with a 3-9 conference standing. UMES is 0-2 versus the A 10 with defeats against Temple and Saint Joseph's, while GW has not yet faced a MEAC team.

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 for the period ending April 15th. 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 and four RBI.

NEWSOME SWINGING STRONG
Third baseman James Newsome leads the Hawks in many offensive categories, sporting a .321 average, a team-high 10 doubles, two home runs, 12 hit-by-pitches and a .482 slugging percentage. In his last 16 games, Newsome is hitting .397 (23-for-58) with two home runs, 13 runs scored and 10 RBI.

LAST TIME: UMES SWEPT BY HORNETS IN MEAC PLAY
Despite a close second game where UMES fell by one run to Delaware State, the Hawks were defeated in all three games during the weekend. DSU took game one 12-0, the second contest 3-2 and the Saturday matinee 17-2, all in seven inning games.

 

 

Jacob Foreman had another strong MEAC start, going six innings in game two with just two unearned runs allowed. Bernard Parker, Michael Epps and Dylan Bell were not charged an earned run in four combined relief appearances.

Byron Campbell earned his first home run of his Hawks career, hitting safely in all three games. Malik Wylie had two multi-hit games in finish the series while Stephen Bull and James Newsome each multi-hit on Saturday.

TRE-VON TORCHING TEAMS
Preseason All-MEAC center fielder and team captain Tre-Von Johnson has nine multi-hit games in his last 28 games. In that stretch, Johnson has hit .358 (38-for-106), including a 6-for-6 game against Norfolk State, scoring 19 runs plus stealing seven bases. He has started 39 games in center field and has not committed an error in `12.

SACA SOLID IN RELIEF
In his 22 combined relief appearances this season, Zachary Saca has thrown 47 innings with just 21 earned runs charged, earning a relief ERA of 4.02. 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 4.06 and the best K-BB ratio at 27-11 (2.5).

LORD BYRON
Hawks right fielder Byron Campbell has reached base in each of his last 33 games, a team best this season, hitting safely in 27 of those contests including a seven-game hitting streak from March 24th to April 3rd. He extended his streak on Saturday with a two-run home run at Delaware State.

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:
George Washington into Tuesday after having been swept in a three-game series against in-conference opponent St. Bonaventure at home.

Leads the Colonials at the plate is senior left fielder Stephen Oswald, sporting a team-best .321 batting average, nine doubles and 27 RBI. Fellow senior Brett Bowers, the team's third baseman, is hitting .315 with 17 RBI. As a team, GW is batting .259, including sophomore designated hitter Owen Beightol's .279 average with seven doubles and a pair of home runs.

The team's primary mid-week starter is junior right-hander J.T. Wauford, who is 3-3 with a 4.85 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 11 appearances, including seven starts. Junior southpaw Kenny O'Brien serves as the closer, earning four saves in 14 appearances with 37 strikeouts in 43 innings pitched. The Colonials have a team ERA of 4.84.

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 .254 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 14 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 .400 slugging percentage. He has hit safely in 15 of his last 16 games, batting .333 (22-for-66) with a home run, three triples and three 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 3.46 ERA including four complete games. He has thrown a team-high 53.2 innings and struck out 51, with opponents batting just .244 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.