HAWKS TO HONOR FOUR ON SENIOR DAY, FACEOFF WITH HORNETS ON FRIDAY
May 9, 2014
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – The University of Maryland Eastern Shore baseball team closes its 2013-14 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference regular season schedule on Friday afternoon as the Hawks host Delaware State for a doubleheader on Senior Day at Hawk Field. The Hawks will honor the careers of four seniors in Stephen Bull (Millsboro, Del.), Byron Campbell (Waldorf, Md.), Jeffrey Fleetwood (Delmar, Del.) and Bernard Parker (Waldorf, Md.).
Friday's contests will be broadcasted by SFMSports on WAMS 101.1 FM and will be streamed online. Ryon Downing has the call for the Hawks Radio Network.
UMES (13-29, 8-14) looks to sweep a doubleheader against DSU for the second time this season. A sweep would ensure UMES the No. 3 slot in the MEAC North standings and would give them a matchup against the No. 2 team in the MEAC South at 7:30 p.m. next Wednesday. UMES has swept two of its past four doubleheaders, despite losing nine of its last 11 matchups.
Fresh off of winning the 2013-14 UMES Male Athlete of the Year, Bull comes into the game hitting .339 with 15 RBI and 36 runs. He has already collected two national player of the week honors and capped a 25-game hit streak last week against Norfolk State. Campbell is hitting a team-high .379 and leads the team in homeruns (four), RBI (35) and doubles (nine). Campbell has reached base safely in 27 consecutive games and is 11-for-15 against DSU in the last four outings.
Fleetwood has 33 starts so far this year for UMES and is among the top-5 on the team in batting average (.273). He has 30 hits and 11 RBI. Bull, Campbell and Fleetwood have combined for nearly 40-percent of the Hawks RBI totals this year and have hit among the top-5 hitters in the lineup for the majority of this season.
Parker has been the most consistent reliever for the Hawks this year. He carries a team-low 3.48 ERA with a 2-0 record in 16 appearances and 31 innings.
The Hawks have had a pair of young catchers put together solid freshman campaigns in Justin Dattilo (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Troy Anderson (Bridgeport, W.Va.). The two will most likely split duties on Friday. Sophomore Mike Escanilla (Waldorf, Md.) has been an anchor at shortstop and is hitting .290 with 16 RBI and six doubles.
Delaware State (26-15, 15-7 MEAC) has solidified its place atop the MEAC North standings. They are hitting nearly 50 points higher (.343) than the closest team and have the second-best pitching staff in the conference. The Hornets also feature the top-3 hitters in the MEAC and have two of the top-4 pitchers.
D.J. Miller is hitting .434 with 13 doubles, while Mike Alexander has 37 RBI and a MEAC-best seven homers. Aaron Nardone leads the conference with 41 walks and Matt McClain is 6-0 with a 2.59 ERA in 76.1 innings.
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