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UMES Finishes MEAC Play at Delaware State


DOVER, Del.- The Hawks will return to Dover this weekend to play their final conference series, taking on rival Delaware State for a three-game set.  The two schools will play a Saturday doubleheader at 1 p.m. at Soldier Field followed by a single game on Sunday at noon.

This is the third series between these two teams this season.  UMES is looking for its first win against Delaware State this season. The Hornets swept the first two series between the two, including one in Dover and the next in Princess Anne.

The Hawks enter Saturday after falling to Georgetown on Tuesday at 8-39 overall and 4-
17 in conference play to stand in fourth place in the MEAC North.  The Hornets have not
played yet this week, last winning two of three against Norfolk State this weekend, and
are in first place in the MEAC North at 18-3 in-conference and 29-13 overall.


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 45 of UMES's 47 games this season.

He surpassed his own personal best record, as he reached base in 34 consecutive games in

Currently he leads the team in many offensive categories, including a .308 batting
average, a .436 on-base percentage, 16 extra base hits, 13 doubles, 68 total bases, 30 runs, 13 hit by pitches and 26 walks. His reached base streak also included a 13-game hitting streak and nine multi-hit contests.


After not getting a hit in the first five innings, UMES earned a couple of runs late to tie it up in the top of the eighth, but a four-run eighth by Georgetown gave the Hoyas a 6-2 victory in Bethesda on Tuesday.

Joshua James scored both of UMES's runs, hitting 2-for-4 with a double that broke up the
no-hit bid in the sixth.  Stephen Bull extended his hitting streak to four games with a 1-
for-4 day and an RBI.


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 .271 batting average, 13 doubles and .364 slugging percentage. The two-year team captain also leads the team with four sacrifice flies and
has brought home a team-best 24 runs so far this season.


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, Will Turley and J.P. Black, have been solid as starting pitchers for the
Hawks this season, pitching the most innings of any pitcher for UMES this year. Turley,
who serves as the game two starter in the weekend rotation, stands at 1-4 with a 4.96
ERA in 49 innings, including a complete game against Coppin State. J.P. Black, the
team's primary mid-week starter, has thrown 48.1 innings for a 6.52 ERA and a 1-4
record.  Black is coming off a complete game victory over George Washington.


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 .221 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 has hit safely in 13 of his last 18 games.


Delaware State comes into Saturday's contests having won its last three MEAC series
and will be the 1-seed from the MEAC Northern Division in the upcoming MEAC
Tournament in two weeks.

The Hornets are batting .318 as a team coming into the weekend, led by junior
outfielder/catcher Mike Alexander, who is hitting .373 with 32 stolen bases and 41 RBI.

Junior outfielder Aaron Nardone leads the team with 18 extra base hits and 42 RBI,
batting .354 with 19 stolen bases.  Senior second baseman JP Frey is batting .355 with 17
RBI, 44 runs and 24 stolen bases.

The three-man rotation for Delaware State will consist of: redshirt senior right-hander
Jordan Elliott, who is 7-1 with a 2.80 ERA in 70.2 innings with a team-best 53 strikeouts,
junior righty Matt McClain, who has compiled four complete games in 10 starts, going 6-
2 with a 2.89 ERA with 44 strikeouts, and senior right-hander Elliot Gardner, who leads
the team in ERA at 2.31 in 46.2 innings, striking out 40 and holding a 5-1 record.  In the
bullpen, freshman sidearm-righty George Michael has four saves and a 5-1 record,
earning a 2.70 ERA in 43.1 innings with 29 strikeouts.


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 .514,
including a .703 slugging and .591 on-base percentages, in the last nine 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
eight additional runs in those games.


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 .313 with a team-best two
home runs, driving in 13 runs and stealing three bases.  Johnson has ten multi-hit contests in 27 games played.



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