UMES GEARS UP FOR THE MEAC TOURNAMENT
Tre-von Johnson and the Hawks will take on Savannah State for their first game on Wednesday.
Tre-von Johnson and the Hawks will take on Savannah State for their first game on Wednesday.

May 14, 2013

Game Notes - UMES @ MEAC Tournament

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NORFOLK, Va. - The Hawks are ready to compete in the 2013 MEAC Tournament in at Marty L. Miller Field in Norfolk, Virginia. In its first round game, MEAC North 4-seed UMES will take on MEAC South 1-seed Savannah State on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m.

UMES will play either the winner or the loser of Norfolk State-N.C. Central in its second game. If the Hawks defeat Savannah State they will play at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, or if they are defeated on Wednesday they will play at 9 a.m. on Thursday.

The Hawks last played on Wednesday, May 8th against UMBC in an 8-5 defeat to come into the tournament at 8-43 overall and 4-20 in-conference. MEAC Southern Division champion Savannah State is 29-21 overall and 17-7 in the MEAC. MEAC North 2-seed Norfolk State comes into Wednesday at 18-27 this season and 12-12 in the MEAC, while MEAC South 3-seed N.C. Central is 25-27 overall and 12-12 in conference competition.

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 51 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 .304 batting average, a .432 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 EDGED IN RAIN TO UMBC
After their game with George Mason was cancelled, the Hawks beared through the rain on Wednesday to face UMBC in Catonsville, but UMES was edged out 8-5 to finish out the regular season.

Tre-von Johnson had a career-day, earning three RBI hits to finish 3-for-4 with four runs brought in. Stephen Bull earned two doubles and scored twice, while Tim Gray reached base three times with two runs and an RBI.

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 .261 batting average, 14 doubles and .353 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 .226 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:
This is UMES's first meeting with the Tigers in the MEAC Tournament and since Savannah State became a full-member of the MEAC. The last meeting between the two was in 2008, with the Hawks narrowly falling in the doubleheader in Savannah 4-1 and 3-2.

Freshman outfielder Mendez Elder is leading the team in hitting at .317, adding a home run and 22 RBI. Also in the outfield, senior Joseph McCrary bats .305 with 12 doubles, three triples and 30 RBI. The third and final hitter batting above .300 is junior infielder Todd Hagen, who bats .302 with 28 free passes and eight doubles. As a team, the Tigers are hitting .262 with five home runs.

The top pitcher on Savannah State is junior Kyle McGowin, who stands 10-1 with a 1.49 ERA and 111 strikeouts in 96.1 innings. Other possible starters include senior Jack May, who is 4-3 with a 4.08 ERA in 64 innings, and sophomore right-hander Rexford Davis, who has a 6-2 record and a 4.46 ERA in 42.1 innings. The main player out of the bullpen is junior righty Eric Hicks, who is 2-1 with five saves in 22 appearances, getting a 2.51 ERA in 32.1 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 .524, including a .738 slugging and .592 on-base percentages, in the last 10 games of non-conference play. Seven of those games were multi-hit contests, including four hits against George Washington on March 26th and three hits, including two doubles, at UMBC on May 8th. Bull has combined to score 10 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 .330 with a team-best two home runs, driving in 18 runs and stealing four bases. Johnson has 12 multi-hit contests in 31 games played.