HAWKS SET FOR THE MEAC TOURNAMENT
Will Gardner brings UMES into the MEAC Tournament as the 3-seed from the Northern Division.

Will Gardner brings UMES into the MEAC Tournament as the 3-seed from the Northern Division.

May 15, 2012

UMES Game Notes - MEAC Tournament

MEAC Baseball Tournament Central

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NORFOLK, Va. - UMES heads to Marty L. Miller Field in Norfolk to compete in the 2012 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament, representing the 3-seed from the Northern Division after finishing 11-13 in conference play.

The Hawks will face the 2-seed from the MEAC South, North Carolina Central, on Wednesday, May 17th at 7:30 p.m. The winner takes on the victor of MEAC North 1-seed Delaware State and MEAC South 4-seed Savannah State at 4 p.m., while the loser takes on the defeated school of that matchup at 7:30 p.m.

The tournament has a double elimination format, with the winner earning a place in the NCAA Tournament. Bethune-Cookman, the reigning MEAC Champion, is the 1-seed from the MEAC South.

Tickets for the tournament are $5 for adults and $2 for youth each day, or a tournament pass for all five days is $20 for adults and $8 for youth. Children seven and under receive free admission.

TRE-VON JOHNSON: ALL-TIME HITS LEADER AT UMES
Preseason All-MEAC center fielder and team captain Tre-Von Johnson became the all-time hits leader at UMES on Friday, hitting an RBI single against Delaware State on Friday to pass Phil Vaughn's mark of 172 hits. Including 57 hits this season, Johnson has 176 hits in his three-year career, including holding the single season UMES record with 70 hits in 2011.

NEWSOME SWINGING STRONG
Third baseman James Newsome, named the MVP of the team at the UMES awards banquet, leads the Hawks in many offensive categories, sporting a .320 average, a team-high 13 doubles, two home runs, 13 hit-by-pitches and a .467 slugging percentage. In his last 21 games, Newsome is hitting .367 (33-for-90) with two home runs, 17 runs scored and 13 RBI.

 

 

LAST TIME: UMES WINS FINAL MEAC GAME VS. DSU
After getting swept in the Friday doubleheader by its Route 13 rival, UMES rebounded on Senior Day against Delaware State and walked off with a 5-4 victory at Hawks Stadium. Senior Karim Gonzalez shut out the Hornets in the first five innings before DSU took a 3-1 lead in the sixth. The Hawks tied the game on a two-run Tre-Von Johnson single. A Dustin Aigner sacrifice fly in the eighth gave UMES a 4-3 lead, and after DSU tied it in the ninth, James Newsome hit the game-winning sacrifice fly to score Stephen Bull and walk-off in the ninth.

Johnson finished the game going 2-for-4 with a run and two RBI, while Newsome had two hits, including a double, in three at bats with two RBI. Bull reached base in all five plate appearances, earning a pair of walks and scoring twice.

SACA SOLID IN RELIEF
In his 26 combined relief appearances this season, the most number of pitching outings of all MEAC pitchers, Zachary Saca has thrown 58 innings with just 23 earned runs charged, earning a relief ERA of 3.57. He has earned three wins in MEAC play, including a victory in a seven inning relief appearance with one run allowed at Norfolk State. He currently has the team's lowest ERA at 4.09 and the best K-BB ratio at 30-12 (2.5).

LORD BYRON
Hawks right fielder Byron Campbell recently snapped a streak of reaching base in 34 consecutive games, a team best this season. In 48 games started, Campbell has reached base in 42 of them, including 11 multi-hit contests. This season, Campbell is hitting .283 with 10 doubles and a team high seven 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 (POSSIBLE) OPPONENTS:
North Carolina Central goes into the conference tournament on a five-game winning streak, finishing the regular season with a 13-10 MEAC record, to earn the 2-seed from the MEAC South in its first year as a full conference member, and an 18-30 overall standing. The Eagles bat .267, led by junior left/center fielder Luis Diaz, hitting .354 with four home runs, four triples, 41 free passes and 29 RBI. On the pitching side, N.C. Central sports a 6.81 ERA, with its ace, Glenn Frye, going 4-5 with a 4.70 ERA in 69 innings, tossing four complete games and 47 strikeouts.

The MEAC North 1-seed Delaware State had its 17-game winning streak snapped by UMES on Saturday, bringing the Hornets into the tournament at 22-2 in-conference and 35-15-1 overall. Junior first baseman Ryan Haas, who bats .361 with 21 doubles and 53 RBI, leads a team that currently hits .309. The pitching staff has an ERA of 3.57, including redshirt-junior righty Jordan Elliott, who is 9-2 with a 2.31 ERA in 81.2 innings, and sophomore right-hander Matt McClain, who is 13 starts is 9-3 with a 2.18 ERA and seven complete games.

In its first ever MEAC Tournament since joining the league, Savannah State is the 4-seed from the Southern Division with an 11-13 conference record and 19-32 overall tally. The Tigers hit .251 as a team, led by senior third baseman Julius Green, who is batting .339 with two home runs, 16 RBI and 16 stolen bases. The pitching has a even-six ERA, led by 6-5 sophomore right-hander Kyle McGowin, who is 6-4 with a 2.85 ERA, striking out 88 in 91.2 innings and throwing three complete games.

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 .254 with nine doubles and 21 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 21 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 three triples. He has hit safely in 19 of his last 22 games, batting .333 (28-for-84) 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 5-2 in conference play, sporting a 3.65 ERA including five complete games, including a shutout win over Norfolk State on the road. He has thrown a team-high 64 innings and struck out 64 this year, with opponents batting just .237 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.