UMES HEADS TO BETHESDA TO PLAY GEORGETOWN
Mike Escanilla went 3-for-6 against Georgetown last time these two schools played.
Mike Escanilla went 3-for-6 against Georgetown last time these two schools played.

April 29, 2013

Game Notes - UMES @ Georgetown

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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
Byron Campbell, last year's Co-Most Improved Player for the UMES baseball, snapped a 38-game reached base streak on April 14th, one of the longest in Division I, dating back to February 26th at the VMI Tournament. He has reached base in 44 of UMES's 46 games this season.

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.
The Hawks started their series with Coppin State well with a 3-2 victory in game one, but UMES fell 5-4 and 6-2 in games two and three respectively to fall in the series.

 

 

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
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 .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
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 1-4 with a 4.96 ERA in 49 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 12 of his last 17 games.

SCOUTING THE OPPONENT:
Georgetown wrapped up an eight-game road trip on Sunday at Louisville and will play its first home game since April 14th against St John's.

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
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 .313 with a team-best two home runs, driving in 13 runs and stealing three bases. Johnson has ten multi-hit contests in 27 games played.