PRINCESS ANNE, MD - UMES will head back across the Bay Bridge to Arlington, Virginia to take on George Washington on Tuesday for a 3 p.m. game at Barcroft Park. This game is a rescheduled contest after the original game on March 6th was postponed due to inclement weather.
The two schools faced each other on March 26th in Princess Anne. UMES came back to within three runs after being down by 10, but the Colonials held off the rally and took the victory 13-7 at Hawks Stadium.
The Hawks are coming off a series loss to Delaware State this past weekend and enter Tuesday at 6-36 overall and 3-15 in the MEAC. George Washington, a member of the Atlantic-10 Conference, took two of three against Fordham on the road this weekend, standing at 14-25 this season and 7-8 in-conference.
LORD BYRON - REACHED BASE 38-STRAIGHT GAMES
Byron Campbell, last year's Co-Most Improved Player for the UMES baseball, snapped a 38-game reached base streak on Sunday, one of the longest in Division I, dating back to February 26th at the VMI Tournament.
He surpassed his own personal best record, as he reached base in 34 consecutive games in 2012 from March 2nd until April 27th.
Currently he leads the team in many offensive categories, including a .326 batting average, a .455 on-base percentage, 16 extra base hits, 13 doubles, 66 total bases, 28 runs, 10 hit by pitches and 24 walks. His reached base streak also included a 13-game hitting streak and nine multi-hit contests.
LAST TIME OUT: UMES SWEPT BY DELAWARE STATE
Despite having a couple of close games in the Saturday doubleheader against its Route 13 rival, UMES was swept in three games against Delaware State over the weekend, falling 7-3, 7-4 and 11-0.
Mike Escanilla hit safely in all three games, going 6-for-10 with two free passes and a triple. Despite losing his reached base streak of 38 straight gmaes, Byron Campbel went 4-for-12 with a pair of triples and two 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 .279 batting average, 12 doubles and .377 slugging percentage. The two-year team captain also leads the team with three sacrifice flies and has brought home a team-best 23 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.
Two freshmen take up the first two spots in the rotation in MEAC play for the Hawks. The game one starter is Chris Lopez, who earned a win his his first start of his UMES career with two runs in 5.2 innings against Lafayette. He currently stands with a 1-5 record and a 6.68 ERA in 33.2 innings. In the game two slot is Will Turley, who has a 5.02 ERA in 43 innings. Turley allowed just two earned runs in his first four appearances, including going six scoreless innings in a win over Coppin State.
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 .234 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 the 16 games. James has hit safely in nine of his last 13 games.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT:
George Washington is coming off a series win over Fordham, taking games one and three on the road. Currently the Colonials stand in ninth place in the Atlantic-10 under first-year head coach Gregg Ritchie.
From the hitting side, senior infielder Justin Albright leads the team with a .301 batting average, nine doubles and 15 stolen bases. Junior utility player Owen Beightol is batting .250 with two home runs and 18 RBI. Middle infielder Brookes Townsend is hitting .275 with 15 RBI. As a team, George Washington is hitting .238.
Last time these teams met, the Colonials sent Albright to mound. Currently he stands with a 1-1 record and an 8.79 ERA in 14.1 innings. Other possible mid-week starters include senior southpaw Brian Derner, who is 0-3 with a 4.76 ERA in 22.2 innings, and rookie right-hander Danny O'Donnell, who has thrown 14.1 innings for a 6.91 ERA and 0-2 record. The main closer for the Colonials is junior righty Craig LeJeune, who has four saves and a 2-2 record, adding a 3.60 ERA in 25 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.
Stephen Bull has been a strong player for UMES during mid-week play, hitting .600, including a .833 slugging and .657 on-base percentages, in the last seven games of non-conference play. Six of those games were multi-hit contests, including four hits against George Washington on March 26th. Bull has combined to score eight runs and drive in seven 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 .349 with a team-best two home runs, driving in 13 runs and stealing three bases. Johnson has ten multi-hit contests in 23 games played.