HAWKS FACE LONGWOOD FOR THREE-GAME SET
Stephen Bull went 3-for-6 against Longwood last year, hitting safely in each game.
Stephen Bull went 3-for-6 against Longwood last year, hitting safely in each game.

April 26, 2012

Game Notes - UMES @ Longwood

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FARMVILLE, Va. - UMES will play its final non-conference series this weekend, heading to Farmville, Virginia to take on Longwood for three games. Game one will be on Friday at 6:00 p.m. at Charles Buddy Bolding Stadium, with a doubleheader scheduled for Saturday starting at 1:00 p.m.

UMES stands at 9-32 on the season having fallen in its last six games, representing the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference with an 8-10 league standing. The Lancers, currently independent and set to join the Big South Conference next season, enters the weekend with a 21-18 record.

These two schools met at Hawks Stadium for a doubleheader last season, with the Lancers edging out UMES 5-3 in game one and 3-1 in eight innings the second contest.

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 .324 average, a team-high 11 doubles, two home runs, 12 hit-by-pitches and a .486 slugging percentage. In his last 17 games, Newsome is hitting .397 (25-for-63) with two home runs, 14 runs scored and 10 RBI.

LAST TIME: UMES FALLS SHORT AGAINST GW 9-6
The Hawks outhitting George Washington 13-10, including five multi-hit days by Maroon and Grey players, was not enough as the Colonials won 9-6 at Bancroft Park helped by third inning home runs by Jimmy Best and Grant Brown.

 

 

Karim Gonzalez allowed seven runs, just two earned, in the start for the loss. Alex Welch had a strong relief appearance, giving up just a pair of runs in 4.1 innings, his first bullpen appearance since March 4th.

Shaquille Bagwell, Byron Campbell, Joshua James, Tre-Von Johnson and James Newsome all had multi-hit games for UMES, plus scored a run. Malik Wylie also reached base twice, going 1-for-3 with a walk.

TRE-VON TORCHING TEAMS
Preseason All-MEAC center fielder and team captain Tre-Von Johnson has 10 multi-hit games in his last 29 contests. In that stretch Johnson has hit .369 (41-for-111), including a 6-for-6 game against Norfolk State, with 20 runs and seven stolen bases. He has started 40 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 34 games, a team best this season, hitting safely in 28 of those contests including a current eight-game hitting streak. He extended his games reached streak on Saturday with a two-run home run at Delaware State, the first homer of his career.

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:
Longwood lost its last game to VMI on Tuesday after having previously won six of its last seven games. This season, the Lancers are 10-2 against MEAC opponents, including a twinbill sweep of North Carolina A&T on April 21st.

The team is hitting .294 led by junior 1B/DH Justin Lacy, who has a .401 average with five home runs and 30 RBI. Senior left field Robby Newman has hit ten home runs and 15 doubles, earning a .354 average and 39 RBI. The primary catcher, sophomore Scott Burkett, currently bats .359 with 12 doubles and six home runs.

The Lancers rotation is led by senior right-hander Matt Gwaltney, who is 0-4 with a 4.65 ERA, striking out 37 with just seven walks in 62 innings. The last two series, freshman righty Zach Jordan has been in the weekend rotation and is 3-2 with a 5.59 ERA. Kyler Morgan, a right-handed junior, has 10 starts and stands at 5-4 with a 3.34 ERA and four complete games.

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 more games with at least three hits. He is currently hitting .252 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 played, 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 %. He has hit safely in 15 of his last 16 games, batting .333 (22-for-66) with a homer, 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.