Byron Campbell (pictured) leads UMES with a .294 batting average through five games

Feb. 25, 2014

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore baseball team is set to host its home opener on Wednesday, Feb. 25 as the Hawks will play Georgetown at 2 p.m. UMES has begun the season losing its first five games, but return home to a place where they won five games a year ago. The game is the only home game for the Hawks in February.

The Hawks have played Georgetown just two times in the past decade. UMES played both of those contests last season, where the men dropped a 17-15 decision in Princess Anne, before losing 6-2 at GU on April 30. Senior Stephen Bull (Millsboro, Del.) was 4-for-9 between the two games with five RBIs, one homer and one run.

The Hawks have two players hitting atleast .250 on the year in senior outfielder Byron Campbell (Waldorf, Md.) and senior first baseman Jeffrey Fleetwood (Delmar, Del.). The pair has accounted for nine hits between them, but freshman Justin Dattilo (Pittsburgh, Pa.) has been UMES top RBI producer with five in four games.  The Hawks have three extra base hits and Campbell leads the team with five total bags.

Pitching wise, the Hawks have been led by sophomore J.P. Black (Elkton, Md.) and sophomore Jordan Bone (Pittston, Pa.). Black was lights out in UMES' season-opener against George Washington as he fired 4.2 innings of scoreless ball and allowed just two hits.  Bone made two relief appearances against Georgia Southern and limited the Eagles to just three hits in seven innings of work.

Georgetown is 3-3 on the year and is hitting just .225 altogether. The team has two players hitting .400 in Steve Anderson and Curtis Pomeroy. Anderson has been on a tear to open the year as he has seven RBI and holds a .560 slugging percentage. He was named to the BIG EAST Conference Honor Roll this week after posting six RBI and a .562 on-base percentage in GU's three-game sweep of Hartford.

David Ellingson has a 0.93 ERA out of the bullpen with 9.2 innings pitched, while Matt Smith has a 1-1 record with a 1.64 ERA in 11.0 innings. Tim Davis has looked good for the Hoyas out of the bullpen, where he has fanned five and walked just two in five scoreless innings. The team has a 4.34 ERA through six games so far.

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