UMES HEADS TO BETHESDA TO PLAY GEORGETOWN
April 29, 2013
BETHESDA, Md. - Before they play their final conference series, the Hawks will go to Bethesda to rematch against Georgetown for the first night game of the year, playing the Hoyas at 7 p.m. at Shirley Povich Field.
UMES and Georgetown will play for the second time this season. The two first played on March 20th at Hawks Stadium, the first game between the two schools since 2000. UMES nearly came back from down seven with a five-run ninth inning, but fell short 17-15.
The Hawks fell in the final two games during the weekend to Coppin State to stand at 8-38 overall and 4-17 in the MEAC, including winning their last mid-week contest against George Washington. Over the weekend, Georgetown got swept by Louisville on the road and comes into Tuesday at 23-18 this season and 5-10 in the Big East Conference.
LORD BYRON - REACHED BASE IN 44 GAMES
He surpassed his own personal best record, as he reached base in 34 consecutive games in 2012.
Currently he leads the team in many offensive categories, including a .317 batting average, a .446 on-base percentage, 16 extra base hits, 13 doubles, 68 total bases, 30 runs, 13 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: UMES FALLS IN 2-OF-3 TO COPPIN ST.
In game one, James Smith had his second strong MEAC start in a row, going seven innings with just two runs allowed in the win. Earning two doubles, Stephen Bull hit 5-for-12 (.417) and scored twice, while Joshua James had two RBI extra base hits and stole two bases.
SCHOTT ON THE JOHNNY BENCH AWARD WATCH LIST
Schott, the only player that plays in the state of Maryland or the MEAC to be nominated for the award, stands with a .272 batting average, 13 doubles and .368 slugging percentage. The two-year team captain also leads the team with four sacrifice flies and has brought home a team-best 24 runs so far this season.
Pedro Swann TAKES OVER AS UMES HEAD COACH
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
NEW LOOK INFIELD PAYS DIVIDENDS
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 12 of his last 17 games.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT:
Senior outfielder Justin Leeson is the top run scorer on the Hoyas, crossing the plate 30 times this year and batting 305 with 12 stolen bases and 20 RBI. The team's top power threats are junior Christian Venditti, who has hit six home runs with 32 RBI and a .242 batting average, and senior Danny Poplawski, who stands with 13 doubles and a .258 average. Sopohmore infielder Ryan Busch has 13 stolen bases and 15 hit by pitches, hitting .197.
Possible starting pitchers for the game include: freshman right-hander Jordan Chudacoff, who started last time against UMES with three innings and six runs allowed and stands with a 2-0 record and 4.50 ERA in four appearances, right-handed sophomore Will Brown, who is 3-1 with a 2.59 ERA in 24.1 innings thrown, primarily in relief, or freshman southpaw Gino Basso, who has thrown 16 innings and is 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA. The team's closer is senior right-hander Charles Steinman, who has eight saves and a 3-2 record with a 1.48 ERA in 24.1 innings thrown.
HAWKS BASEBALL RETURNS TO WGOP 540 AM
TRE-VON IS BACK AND SWINGING