SECOND-PLACE IN MEAC NORTH ON LINE FOR HAWKS IN SERIES WITH SPARTANS
May 2, 2014
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – The University of Maryland Eastern Shore baseball team will be playing for the opportunity to move up in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference North Division this weekend, as the Hawks host Norfolk State for a three-game set at Hawk Stadium. The games will all be streamed via live stats and fans can listen to the broadcast as Ryon Downing will have the call for SFMsports.
UMES (13-16, 8-11 MEAC) has lost 2-of-3 to Norfolk State (15-24, 11-10 MEAC) in both series this season.
Freshman Jesse Stinnett (Madison Heights, Va.) has been brilliant against NSU in two outings in 2014 as he has allowed just 16 hits and seven earned runs in 17 innings. The game-one starter holds an 11-3 strikeout-to-walk ratio in two starts. Senior outfielder Stephen Bull (Millsboro, Del.) was virtually unstoppable last time out against NSU, where we went 9-for-12 with six runs over a three-game span.
The Hawks have lost three games this season to Norfolk State in games decided by two runs or less.
UMES will look for big series out of Bull and senior Byron Campbell (Waldorf, Md.), who combined to win six player of the week awards over a two week stretch a couple of weeks back. The pair is on the footsteps of history as well, where each have 189 hits in their career, 36 short of the all-time hits record established by Tre-von Johnson in 2011.
Bull is just 12 hits away from the UMES all-time single-season hits record, which is also held by Johnson at 70. Bull and Campbell also have extensive streaks of reaching base safely with streaks of 31 and 25, respectively.
Norfolk State comes into the contest with the second-worst ERA in the MEAC. The 6.41 number has been derived from a league-high in walks (190), despite giving up the third lowest amount of hits (388). Ross Cardwell is leading the offense with a .314 clip and two homeruns, both of which were against UMES last series. Justin Lee is third in the MEAC with a 15-for-17 effort in stolen bases.
Devin Hemmerich has been the top pitcher for the Spartans this year with a 3.04 ERA in 18 appearances and four starts. The southpaw has been followed by Matt Outman, who features 5-2 record with a 3.76 ERA in 52 innings.
Stinnett and Stephen Butt will counter one another in game one, while freshman Philip Berry (Milford, Del.) will faceoff with Matt Outman in the second game. Junior Chipper Smith (Florence, S.C.) will take the ball for UMES on Sunday with Norfolk State’s starter yet to be determined.
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