UMES PLAYS FINAL HOME SERIES VS. COPPIN STATE
Malik Wylie and the rest of the UMES senior class will play their final home game on Sunday.
Malik Wylie and the rest of the UMES senior class will play their final home game on Sunday.

April 26, 2013

Game Notes - UMES vs. Coppin State

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - UMES returns to Hawks Stadium to plays its final home games of the year, hosting Coppin State for a three-game set. The in-state rivals will play a doubleheader on Saturday at 1 p.m. followed by Senior Day on Sunday with a game at noon.

On Senior Day, UMES will honor Jesus Hernandez, Brandon Schott, Malik Wylie and Tre-von Johnson, who will each play their final home game on Sunday.

The Hawks are coming off their first mid-week victory of the season with a 4-1 win over George Washington, standing at 7-36 overall and 3-15 in the MEAC Northern Division for fourth place. Coppin State has fallen to UMBC and Georgetown this week and comes into the weekend at 12-27 this season and 7-11 in conference play for third place in the North. Each team will be playing its seventh MEAC series.

LORD BYRON - REACHED BASE 38-STRAIGHT GAMES
Byron Campbell, last year's Co-Most Improved Player for the UMES baseball, snapped a 38-game reached base streak on Sunday, one of the longest in Division I, dating back to February 26th at the VMI Tournament.

He surpassed his own personal best record, as he reached base in 34 consecutive games in 2012 from March 2nd until April 27th.

 

 

Currently he leads the team in many offensive categories, including a .324 batting average, a .453 on-base percentage, 16 extra base hits, 13 doubles, 67 total bases, 29 runs, 10 hit by pitches and 25 walks. His reached base streak also included a 13-game hitting streak and nine multi-hit contests.

LAST TIME OUT: BLACK, FLEETWOOD LEAD UMES TO 4-1 VICTORY OVER GW
Led by a complete game by J.P. Black on the mound, UMES earned its first mid-week victory of the year with a 4-1 win over George Washington on Tuesday

Black pitched all nine innings for UMES, earning his first complete game with three strikeouts. Jeffrey Fleetwood went 3-for-5, getting all three hits in his first three at bats, scoring a run and bringing in another on a double.

SCHOTT ON THE JOHNNY BENCH AWARD WATCH LIST
The Greater Wichita Sports Commission announced on March 11th that UMES catcher Brandon Schott has been placed on the 2013 Johnny Bench Award Watch List. This award is given to the top catcher in Division I college baseball each year.

Schott, the only player that plays in the state of Maryland or the MEAC to be nominated for the award, stands with a .278 batting average, 13 doubles and .381 slugging percentage. The two-year team captain also leads the team with three sacrifice flies and has brought home a team-best 23 runs so far this season.

Pedro Swann TAKES OVER AS UMES HEAD COACH
UMES Director of Athletics Keith Davidson announced in September that former major leaguer and MEAC star Pedro Swann is the new head coach of Hawks baseball. Swann replaces Will Gardner, who left UMES after six seasons.

Swann brings a wealth of baseball experience to Princess Anne, playing in the professional ranks for 17 years from 1991 to 2007. He played for Delaware State from 1989-1991, earning all-conference honors all three years and hitting .421 with 26 home runs in his career.

ROOKIE PITCHERS DELIVER
Two freshmen, Will Turley and J.P. Black, have been solid as starting pitchers for the Hawks this season, pitching the most innings of any pitcher for UMES this year. Turley, who serves as the game two starter in the weekend rotation, stands at 1-3 with a 5.02 ERA in 43 innings, including a complete game against Coppin State. J.P. Black, the team's primary mid-week starter, has thrown 44.1 innings for a 6.70 ERA and a 1-4 record. Black is coming off a complete game victory over George Washington.

NEW LOOK INFIELD PAYS DIVIDENDS
Outside of Jeffrey Fleetwood, UMES has relied on a young infield group this season that has been very strong early on.

At the left side of the infield, two freshmen man the ranks with Connor Breslin, who is hitting .227 with five doubles and has a MEAC Rookie of the Week award, taking the hot corner and Mike Escanilla, who leads all UMES players with 15 multi-hit contests, serves as the squad's shortstop.

At second base, sophomore Joshua James returned to the position after playing in center field for the 16 games. James has hit safely in 10 of his last 14 games.

SCOUTING THE OPPONENT:
Coppin State is currently on a three-game losing streak and has been defeated in its last two MEAC series to Delaware State and Norfolk State respectively. The Eagles are currently four games ahead of UMES in the MEAC standings.

In the lineup, the leadoff hitter is junior center fielder Chris Kashanaki, who stands with a .303 batting average, 28 stolen bases and 15 RBI. Sophomore infleider David Hamlett is batting .291 with a home run and 25 RBI and nine stolen bases. One of the main power threats is junior infielder Chris Godfrey, who is batting .265 with eight doubles, a home run and 17 RBI. Coppin State is batting .227 as a team.

The Eagles planned rotation will consist of three freshmen. Southpaw Shane Davies, who stands at 3-5 with a 4.44 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 48.2 innings, is scheduled for game one. The game two starter will be lefty Anderson Burgess, who has a 1-3 record, 6.50 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 36 innings pitched. Starting in the third contest will be right-hander Will Grebenstein, who will make his first start against UMES this season. Grebenstein is 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA in 35 innings and will make his third start of the year. The team's closer is the right-handed sophomore Michael Roberts, who is 19 appearances is 3-1 with four saves. He has a 3.78 ERA in 33.1 innings and 40 strikeouts.

HAWKS BASEBALL RETURNS TO WGOP 540 AM
UMES baseball will be back on the air this season on the flagship station of the Hawks Radio Network, Timeless Favorites WGOP 540 AM. Dave Vatz will provide play-by-play for the games, while Steve Pettit and Bill Berryhill serve as the primary producers in the Pocomoke City studio. All games that are broadcast will be available online for free.

MID-WEEK MONSTER
Stephen Bull has been a strong player for UMES during mid-week play, hitting .545, including a .758 slugging and .625 on-base percentages, in the last eight games of non-conference play. Six of those games were multi-hit contests, including four hits against George Washington on March 26th. Bull has combined to score eight runs and drive in seven additional runs in those games.

TRE-VON IS BACK AND SWINGING
Tre-von Johnson is back in the UMES lineup after recovering from an injury and is hitting the ball well. The all-time UMES hits leader is hitting .330 with a team-best two home runs, driving in 13 runs and stealing three bases. Johnson has ten multi-hit contests in 24 games played.