HAWKS CELEBRATE SENIOR DAY IN FINAL MEAC SERIES VS. DELAWARE STATE
Final home games for Jacob Foreman, James Newsome, Shaquille Bagwell and Karim Gonzalez
May 10, 2012
Game Notes - Delaware State @ UMES
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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - UMES takes on Delaware State in the final MEAC series of the season at Hawks Stadium this weekend. The Friday doubleheader begins at 1 p.m., with the series finishing with Senior Day, where UMES will honor Jacob Foreman, James Newsome, Shaquille Bagwell and Karim Gonzalez, on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Though Delaware State leads the series 5-1, UMES is the only team that has beaten the Hornets in a MEAC game. UMES comes into the game in third place in the MEAC Northern Division at 10-11 in conference play, just 1.5 games from second, with an 11-35 overall standing. Delaware State will be the 1-seed from the MEAC North with a 20-1 conference record, currently 33-14-1 this season.
JOHNSON JUST ONE HIT AWAY FROM BEING UMES'S ALL-TIME HITS LEADER
Preseason All-MEAC center fielder and team captain Tre-Von Johnson is just one hit away from becoming UMES's lone all-time hit leader, currently standing at 172 hits, including 53 so far in 2012, tying the record with a home run against Towson. 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 FALLS IN MID-WEEK TO TOWSON
Third baseman James Newsome leads the Hawks in many offensive categories, sporting a .311 average, a team-high 12 doubles, two home runs, 12 hit-by-pitches and a .460 slugging percentage. In his last 21 games, Newsome is hitting .354 (29-for-82) with two home runs, 16 runs scored and 11 RBI.
In its final non-conference regular season game of the year, UMES fell to Towson 14-4 on the road in the lone meeting of the year of the two schools.
The loss went to Alex Welch, having eight runs charged in three frames despite a strong 1-2-3 first inning. James Smith, going 2.2 innings with just one run allowed, and Dylan Bell, who pitched a scoreless eighth, had strong relief appearances.
With a solo home run in the ninth inning, Tre-Von Johnson tied the UMES record for career hits with 172. Malik Wylie had a two-run double to finish 1-for-3 to increase a four-game hitting streak, while Dustin Aigner got his first career hits with UMES, going 2-for-3, earning the first hit with an RBI double in the fourth inning.
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 45 games started, Campbell has reached base in 40 of them, including 11 multi-hit contests. This season, Campbell is hitting .288 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:
Delaware State comes into Friday having won its last 15 games and its last 15 conference contests. The Hornets' last loss came on April 11th, a 8-6 defeat to Towson.
Junior first baseman Ryan Haas leads the Hornets with a .373 batting average, hitting 21 doubles with 50 RBI. Aaron Nardone, a sophomore left fielder, sports a team high five home runs and six triples, hitting .329 with 38 RBI. As a team, Delaware State hits .310, including sophomore catcher Eddie Sorondo's .356 average, along with his 35 RBI.
On the pitching end, senior righty Jordan Elliott is 8-2 with a 2.47 ERA, striking out 51 in 76.2 innings. Fellow right-hander Matt McClain has a 8-3 record in his sophomore campaign, sporting an 8-3 record with seven complete games. The lefty of the rotation, junior Zach Adkins, is 7-1 with a 2.70 ERA. The DSU pitching staff has a team ERA of 3.64.
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 18 games played, scoring 14 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 .409 slugging %. He has hit safely in 18 of his last 20 games, batting .351 (27-for-77) 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.