PRINCESS ANNE, Md.- The UMES baseball team looks to recruits, veterans to improve on an 8-win season.
Head Coach Pedro Swann hopes their veterans aid in the transition of their newcomers. The goal for the Hawks is to take over the MEAC North Division. "We are prepping this year to win the MEAC, said Swann. "We know errors will happen, but I know the team will play solid defense."
Despite losing UMES' all time hits leader, Tre-von Johnson the Hawks returns seniors Stephen Bull (Millsboro, Del.) and Byron Campbell (Waldorf, Md.), the duo will be joined by junior Greg Turlik (Gaithersburg, Md.).
Swann praised his outfielders saying, "They have the speed and talent to go get the ball. Anything can get caught between them"
A new pitching coach has been brought in; James Starling looks to improve another phase of the UMES defense. Swann says, "the staff will be much better this year".
The Hawks look for a big year from sophomore J.P. Black (Elkton, Md.) and freshman Jesse Stinnett (Madison Heights, Va.). They will be the first starters UMES puts on display against South Florida.
Swann noted that Black got better in every start from last year, and as a senior in high school Stinnett was named All-Region III Pitcher of the Year in 2013.
The expectations for the Hawks are high, and they look for the veteran leadership to help the young guys for a successful season.