Aaron Burton and the Hawks look to avenge an earlier doubleheader loss to Mount St. Mary's.
March 27, 2012
Game Notes - Mount St. Mary's @ UMES
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PRINCESS ANNE, Md. -
Taking a break from conference play, UMES will rematch against in-state rival Mount St. Mary's at Hawks Stadium on Wednesday, March 28th at 3:00 p.m.
This will be the third and final game scheduled between these two schools this season. Mount St. Mary's win the doubleheader played in Princess Anne on March 13th, winning 11-6 in game one and the second game 6-0 in seven innings. UMES comes in with a record of 2-21 and 1-5 in the MEAC, while the Mount enter Wednesday's contest at 6-19 and 0-8 in the Northeast Conference.
JOHNSON NAMED PRESEASON ALL-MEAC
The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference has announced that Hawks outfielder Tre-Von Johnson has been named to the 2012 Preseason All-MEAC Team. Last season as a sophomore, Johnson earned Second Team All-MEAC after finishing with a .359 average as the UMES leadoff hitter, including 11 doubles and three triples. He led the Hawks with 15 stolen bases in 18 attempts plus contributed a .985 fielding percentage in 49 starts, primarily in center field.
HAWKS PICKED TO FINISH THIRD IN MEAC NORTH
UMES is selected to finish third in the newly-formed MEAC Northern Division, receiving 143 points. Delaware State is picked to take first with 192 points, just ahead of Norfolk State in second at 184 points. The Hawks are predicted to finish ahead of Coppin State, chosen to get fourth with 129 points. Bethune-Cookman, the reigning conference champion, is predicted to win the MEAC and the MEAC Southern Division.
The divisions were formed this season after the addition of North Carolina Central and Savannah State to the MEAC. Teams will only play conference games against division opponents.
LAST TIME: HAWKS TAKE 1 OF 3 FROM DELAWARE ST.
After falling in the first two games via the mercy rule to Delaware State, UMES won the final game of the series to earn its first conference victory of the year. DSU took games one and two 13-0 and 13-3 respectively in seven innings, while UMES won game three 5-4 in seven.
In game three, Jacob Foreman led UMES with a complete game thrown, allowing just a total of three hits and no runs outside the second inning. James Newsome hit his first home run of the year, and Stephen Bull drove in the eventual winning run with an RBI single in the fourth.
Tre-Von Johnson hit safely in each game, going 4-for-10 (.400) in the series with two runs scored. In the Sunday doubleheader, Newsome went 3-for-4 with a home run and a walk, while Byron Campbell was 3-for-6 (.500) with a pair of runs.
NEWSOME SWINGING STRONG
James Newsome, one of two UMES players to start all 23 games, began the season with a six-game hitting streak and has hit safely in 18 of 23 games played He is currently hitting .289 with a .422 slugging percentage, six doubles and nine RBI, all team highs.
TRE-VON TORCHING TEAMS
Preseason All-MEAC center fielder and team captain Tre-Von Johnson has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games for UMES, with four multi-hit games in that span. In that stretch, Johnson has hit .341 (15-for-44), scoring seven runs plus stealing three bases.
SACA SOLID IN RELIEF
In his nine combined relief appearances this season, Zachary Saca has thrown 28.2 innings with just 10 earned runs, earning a relief ERA of 3.14. Three of his relief appearances, coming against Indiana State, Cornell and Norfolk State, saw Saca throw over four innings with an earned run or less allowed. He currently has the team's second lowest ERA at 4.55.
Hawks right fielder Byron Campbell has reached base in each of his last 16 games, hitting safely in 13 of those contests. In those 16 games, Campbell is hitting .316 (18-for-57) with an on-base percentage of .391, including six walks and a hit by pitch. His season on-base percentage of .352 leads the Hawks.
2011 IN REVIEW
Despite a 9-41 record last year, the Hawks more than doubled their conference victories from 2009, finishing with a 7-11 MEAC season and 5-seed in the conference tournament. UMES earned series victories over Florida A&M, sweeping the Rattlers, and Coppin State at home. After a first round loss to Delaware State, UMES earned its first conference tournament victory since 2007 with an 11-7 win over Florida A&M before falling to North Carolina A&T. Senior Bryan Chaikowsky became the first Hawk in over 20 years to earn First Team All-MEAC, while Tre-Von Johnson was named Second Team All-MEAC.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT:
Mount St. Mary's comes across the Bay Bridge with a 6-19 record, starting 0-8 in Northeast Conference play. The Mount has won just one of its last 11 games, coming off a 7-3 loss to UMBC at home on Tuesday.
On the hitting side, junior catcher Mark Quaranta leads the Mount with a .375 average, six doubles, two home runs and 15 RBI. Senior first baseman Josh Winter has driven in the most runs with 22, hitting .312 with a pair of home runs and six doubles. Last time against the Hawks, senior second baseman Michael Foster, hitting .317 currently, went 4-for-10 combined in the two games with three stolen bases and a trio of runs scored. As a team, the Mount hits .267.
On the mound last time out, UMES faced southpaw Karl Lamont and righty Ben Smallenbroek. Lamont, who is 1-3 with a 5.58 ERA, went six innings with four runs allowed and eight strikeouts in the game one win. Smallenbroek went 4.2 scoreless innings in game two and now stands with a 10.80 ERA and a 1-2 record. Senior left-hander Dan Horner from Easton is 1-2 with a save and a 4.81 ERA, leading Mount St. Mary's with 26 strikeouts. The Mount has a team ERA of 6.63.
BIG GAME BRANDON
Hawks starting catcher Brandon Schott, named a team captain in his first year with the program, has a trio of three-hit games for UMES. Only one other Hawk, Tre-Von Johnson, has more than one such game. He is currently hitting .235 and is tied for second on the team with four doubles.
UMES BASEBALL RETURNS TO WGOP 540 AM
WGOP, a 500-watt station based out of Pocomoke City, is the exclusive home for UMES baseball, women's basketball and volleyball and will air all home and select away games this season. Dave Vatz returns for his second season as the voice of Hawks baseball.
RELY ON THE OLD LINE STATE.....
UMES has 12 players on the roster from the home state of Maryland, including four players from the Eastern Shore. Three players, Dylan Bell, Devin Repine and Zach Townsend hail from the nearby city of Salisbury, while Tre-Von Johnson comes from East New Market.
.....OR ON THE FIRST STATE
Six players from the state of Delaware have come down south to suit up for the Maroon and Grey. Three players hail from Delmar High School in lower Delaware: Nick Cooper, Jeffrey Fleetwood and Thomas Grey.
ALLEGANY BATTERY MATES, UMES TEAM CAPTAINS
Two of UMES team captains, senior pitcher Jacob Foreman and junior catcher Brandon Schott, were teammates at Allegany College of Maryland in 2010 before coming to Princess Anne. Their year together in the JUCO ranks, Foreman went 5-1 with a 3.74 ERA in nine games, while Schott hit .338 with five doubles and 13 RBI.