May 7, 2012
Game Notes - UMES @ Towson
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TOWSON, Md. - Before UMES plays its final MEAC series, UMES will cross the Bay Bridge to take on Towson for a Tuesday game at 3:30 p.m. at John B. Schuerholz Park.
This is the first and only game between these two schools this season. UMES and Towson played its first-ever meeting last season on April 26th, with the Tigers winning 26-7 at home.
The Hawks come into Tuesday having won its conference series against Norfolk State, standing at 11-34 overall and 10-11 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Towson, representing the Colonial Athletic Association, is 21-27 this season and 11-13 in its conference. UMES has played just one game against a CAA opponent, a 18-3 defeat against William & Mary, while Towson has won a pair of games against MEAC school Delaware State.
JOHNSON TWO HITS AWAY FROM BEING UMES'S ALL-TIME HITS LEADER
Preseason All-MEAC center fielder and team captain Tre-Von Johnson is just two hits away from becoming UMES's all-time hit leader, currently standing at 171 hits, including 52 so far in 2012. Johnson holds the single season record with 70 hits in 2011. Phil Vaughn, who played from 2008 to 2010, is the current all-time leader with 172 hits in his career.
NEWSOME SWINGING STRONG
LAST TIME: UMES TAKES TWO OF THREE FROM NSU
Third baseman James Newsome leads the Hawks in many offensive categories, sporting a .316 average, a team-high 12 doubles, two home runs, 12 hit-by-pitches and a .468 slugging percentage. In his last 21 games, Newsome is hitting .367 (29-for-79) with two home runs, 16 runs scored and 11 RBI.
UMES won its second road conference series of the year after sweeping the Saturday doubleheader with 3-2 and 4-0 victories against Norfolk State. The series finished up with a 9-1 Spartans win on Sunday.
Zachary Saca earned his third win of the year, throwing seven innings of relief in game one with one run allowed. Jacob Foreman pitched his second two-hitter of the year in game two, earning the first UMES shutout victory since March 21st, 2009.
On the hitting side, Jeffrey Fleetwood combined to hit .500 (4-for-8) with three RBI plus a pair of walks. Joshua James drove in the eventual game-winning run of game one on an RBI single in the eighth to score James Newsome, who was 4-for-12 on the weekend. Byron Campbell got two triples on a 5-for-9 Saturday.
SACA SOLID IN RELIEF
In his 24 combined relief appearances this season, Zachary Saca has thrown 56 innings with just 23 earned runs charged, earning a relief ERA of 3.70. He has earned three wins in MEAC play, including getting the win in a seven inning relief appearance with one run at Norfolk State. He currently has the team's lowest ERA at 4.42 and the best K-BB ratio at 28-12 (2.33).
Hawks right fielder Byron Campbell recently snapped a streak of reaching base in 34 consecutive games, a team best this season. In 44 games started, Campbell has reached base in 40 of them, including 11 multi-hit contests. This season, Campbell is hitting .295 with a team high six triples.
WITTE NAMED MEAC PITCHER OF THE WEEK
After nearly making UMES history with a one-hit complete game victory over Coppin State, Tyler Witte was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week for the period ending April 2nd. Witte pitched all seven innings in the win, striking out nine and not allowing a hit in the first five frames.
JOHNSON HONORED AS MEAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Going .625 over a period of five games, including 12 hits in 15 at bats against Norfolk State, Tre-Von Johnson was named MEAC Player of the Week for the period ending April 15th. He went a perfect 6-for-6 in the first game of the doubleheader, going 3-for-4 in the second contest for a nine-hit day. He scored seven times during the week, also getting four doubles and four RBI.
2011 IN REVIEW
Despite a 9-41 record last year, the Hawks more than doubled their conference victories from 2009, finishing with a 7-11 MEAC season and 5-seed in the conference tournament. UMES earned series victories over Florida A&M, sweeping the Rattlers, and Coppin State at home. After a first round loss to Delaware State, UMES earned its first conference tournament victory since 2007 with an 11-7 win over Florida A&M before falling to North Carolina A&T. Senior Bryan Chaikowsky became the first Hawk in over 20 years to earn First Team All-MEAC, while Tre-Von Johnson was named Second Team All-MEAC.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT:
Towson comes into Tuesday having fallen in eight of its last nine games, and will play at home after wrapping up a seven-game road trip. This will be the final non-conference home game for the Tigers.
Sophomore outfielder Dominic Fratantuono leads the Tigers with a .313 average, hitting three home runs with 31 walks. Junior catcher has the most home runs with six and RBI with 28, hitting .221 this season. The team is currently batting .256, with freshman infielder Peter Bowles hitting .304 with 12 extra base hits and 22 RBI.
The Towson pitching staff sports a 5.67 ERA, with 11 different pitchers earning starts this season. Possible starters for the game include freshman right-hander Nick Cioffi, who is 1-2 with a 7.34 ERA in 41.2 innings, and Paul Beers, another freshman righty who is 1-2, sporting a 7.90 ERA with 24 strikeouts. Tyler Austin, a senior right-hander, has four saves with a 4.56 ERA.
BIG GAME BRANDON
Hawks starting catcher Brandon Schott, named a team captain in his first year with the program, has five three-hit games for UMES. Only Tre-Von Johnson has more games with at least three hits. He is currently hitting .265 with nine doubles and 20 RBI, driving in six with a pair of three-RBI games to finish the home series against Norfolk State.
FLEETWOOD ON FIRE
Earning 19 RBI combined in his last 17 games played, scoring 13 runs in that stretch, Jeffrey Fleetwood leads UMES with 25 RBI on the season. The first baseman is tied for the team lead with two home runs and is third with a .410 slugging %. He has hit safely in 17 of his last 19 games, batting .351 (26-for-74) with a homer, three triples and three doubles in that span.
FOREMAN GOING THE DISTANCE
As UMES's starter in the seven-inning MEAC games, Jacob Foreman is 5-1 in conference play, sporting a 2.93 ERA including five complete games, including a shutout win over Norfolk State on the road. He has thrown a team-high 60.2 innings and struck out 57 this year, with opponents batting just .228 against him.
UMES BASEBALL RETURNS TO WGOP 540 AM
WGOP, a 500-watt station in Pocomoke City, is the exclusive home for UMES baseball, women's basketball and volleyball and will air all home and select away games this season. Dave Vatz returns for his second season as the voice of Hawks baseball.
JOHNSON NAMED PRESEASON ALL-MEAC
The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference has announced that Hawks outfielder Tre-Von Johnson has been named to the 2012 Preseason All-MEAC Team. Last season as a sophomore, Johnson earned Second Team All-MEAC after finishing with a .359 average as the UMES leadoff hitter, including 11 doubles and three triples. He led the Hawks with 15 stolen bases in 18 attempts plus contributed a .985 fielding percentage in 49 starts, primarily in center field.