UMES PLAYS GEORGE MASON, UMBC ON THE ROAD TO FINISH REGULAR SEASON
Bernard Parker on the Hawks finish out the regular season on Wednesday.
Bernard Parker on the Hawks finish out the regular season on Wednesday.

May 6, 2013

Game Notes - UMES @ George Mason, UMBC

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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
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 48 of UMES's 50 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 .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
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 .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
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 pitchers for UMES this year. Turley, who serves as the game two starter in the weekend rotation, stands at 1-4 with a 5.13 ERA in 54.1 innings, including a complete game against Coppin State. J.P. Black, the team's primary mid-week starter, has thrown 54.2 innings for a 6.42 ERA and a 1-4 record. Black earned 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 .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:
George Mason's contest against UMES will be the final mid-week contest of the year for the Patriots. Junior Blaise Fernandez leads the order with a .335 batting average, 17 doubles and 24 RBI. Junior catcher Tucker Tobin in the top power threat with eight home runs and 36 RBI, hitting .330.

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
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 .514, including a .703 slugging and .591 on-base percentages, in the last nine 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 eight 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 .315 with a team-best two home runs, driving in 13 runs and stealing four bases. Johnson has 11 multi-hit contests in 30 games played.