HAWKS READY FOR THE UMES TOURNAMENT
Feb. 28, 2013
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - The Hawks will host the UMES Tournament in Princess Anne, playing four games over three days. UMES will face the Big Red of Cornell in game one at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, followed by St. Peter's on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. Then on Sunday, UMES will play the two schools again, facing Cornell at 11:30 a.m. and St. Peter's at 2:30 p.m. All six games will be played at Hawks Stadium.
In addition, Cornell and St. Peter's will play each other at 2:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
UMES enters the tournament at 1-7, having last fallen to Lehigh in a doubleheader. Cornell, the reigning Ivy League champion, will begin the 2013 season with the UMES Tournament, finishing 31-17-1 last season. St. Peter's, a member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, enters into Friday at 1-3, coming off being swept in a doubleheader to Fordham.
UMES last played Cornell last season, with the Big Red sweeping the four-game set at Hawks Stadium. The Hawks last played the Peacocks in 2011, falling in a mid-week doubleheader on the road.
UMES TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
LAST TIME OUT: UMES SWEPT IN TWINBILL TO LEHIGH
Mike Escanilla hit safely in both games, going 3-for-7 in the twinbill from the leadoff spot. Byron Campbell combined to go 2-for-6, scoring two runs and stealing a base. Earning a hit in both games, Joshua James was 2-for-7 with a run, a walk and a stolen base.
UMES BASEBALL PREDICTED TO FINISH THIRD IN MEAC NORTH
UMES received 143 points in the voting. Delaware State has been predicted to repeat as division champions, earning 17 first-place votes for 213 points. Norfolk State got one first-place vote and is predicted to take second with 163 points and Coppin State is in fourth with 131 points.
Pedro Swann TAKES OVER AS UMES HEAD COACH
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.
2012 IN REVIEW
FEAR THE FRESHMEN
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS:
The team's top hitter from last season, senior Brian Billigen, led the Big Red with a .361 batting average, six home runs and 13 stolen bases. Back for his sophomore year, Chris Cruz hit 12 home runs and brought in 35 runs in 2012, hitting .258. Sophomore right-hander Connor Kaufmann will get the start in game one after earning a 7-2 record last year and a 3.90 ERA, including three complete games. The starter in the next game against UMES is to be determined.
St. Peter's lost six of its first seven games due to inclement weather and has not played a full weekend series this season.
Senior Matt Speckmann is the top hitter so far for the Peacocks, hitting .500 in his first four games with two doubles and three runs. Sophomore Nicholas Henriguezhas reached base six times in the early going, batting .364 with three RBI. Freshman righty John Leiter will make his first start against UMES. He has made one appearance from the bullpen, striking out four in two scoreless innings. The other starter is junior right-hander Eric Mozeika, who is 0-1 with an 8.59 ERA in two appearances.
HAWKS BASEBALL RETURNS TO WGOP 540 AM
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