UMES PLAYS GEORGE MASON, UMBC ON THE ROAD TO FINISH REGULAR SEASON
May 6, 2013
FAIRFAX, Va. - Before UMES gets ready for the MEAC Tournament, the Hawks will play a pair of road midweek games to finish up the regular season. UMES will head to Fairfax, Virginia to play George Mason on Tuesday at 4 p.m., then to Catonsville, Maryland to rematch against UMES at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.
UMES will play its first game against George Mason since 1992, with the Hawks falling 7-5 in Fairfax. In-state rivals UMES and UMBC will rematch on Wednesday. The Retrievers won a pitching duel at Hawks Stadium 3-1 on April 3rd.
The Hawks were swept by Delaware State this weekend and is 8-42 overall and 4-20 in the MEAC. Colonial Athletic Association member George Mason is coming off a series to Old Dominion and stands at 17-33 this season and 7-20 in-conference. UMBC enters Tuesday at 12-27 and 6-18 in the America East Conference, coming off a series defeat to Stony Brook.
LORD BYRON - REACHED BASE IN 48 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 .311 batting average, a .440 on-base percentage, 18 extra base hits, 15 doubles, 74 total bases, 31 runs, 13 hit by pitches and 27 walks. His reached base streak also included a 13-game hitting streak and nine multi-hit contests.
LAST TIME OUT: UMES SWEPT BY DELAWARE STATE
Despite playing close in games two and three, UMES was swept in its final conference series of the year to Delaware State at Soldier Field in Dover, falling 5-1, 5-4 and 11-5.
Byron Campbell earned a hit and an RBI in all three games, hitting .364 in the series with two doubles and four RBI. Tre-von Johnson scored three times and went 4-for-12 (.333), while Malik Wylie earned three hits in the doubleheader to begin the weekend.
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 .268 batting average, 14 doubles and .362 slugging percentage. The two-year team captain also leads the team with five sacrifice flies and has brought home a team-best 26 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 .225 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 16 games. James is leading all UMES sophomores with a .246 batting average.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS:
Last mid-week game George Mason played, the team started freshman right-hander Tanner Love, who stands at 1-1 with a 5.72 ERA in 28.1 innings. Other possible starters include senior southpaw Nick Kendrick, who is 1-1 with a 5.60 ERA in 17.2 innings, and Michael Bowie, a right-handed junior that is 1-1 with a 4.66 ERA in 36.2 innings.
UMBC will play two MEAC schools this week, UMES on Tuesday and Coppin State on Wednesday. Freshman infielder Kevin LaChance is the team's top hitter with a .280 batting average, 12 extra base hits and 12 stolen bases. Sophomore Jake Barnes also has 12 extra base hits, hitting .236.
The Retrievers plan to have a staff day on the mound against UMES. In the last game vs. the Hawks, UMBC started freshman right-hander Riley Stephenson, who is 1-7 with a 7.28 ERA in 38.1 innings. The last start in a MEAC game was made by rookie righty Cam Maxey, who stands with no record and a 4.58 ERA in 35.1 innings.
HAWKS BASEBALL RETURNS TO WGOP 540 AM
TRE-VON IS BACK AND SWINGING