UMES HEADS TO PEDRO SWANN'S ALMA MATER, ROUTE 13 RIVAL DELAWARE STATE
March 28, 2013
DOVER, Del. - The Hawks will play their third MEAC series of the season and first one on the road, heading up Route 13 to Dover to take on Delaware State. Game one will be on Friday at 3 p.m. followed by a doubleheader at noon on Saturday at Soldier Field.
UMES head coach Pedro Swann graduated from Delaware State and will return to his alma mater for the series.
UMES was defeated in a pair of contests during the mid-week, falling to George Washington at home 13-7 and Navy on the road 9-4. The Hawks come into Friday's game at 5-21 overall and 2-4 in the MEAC North, tying for second place.
Delaware State played Coppin State this past weekend, sweeping the Eagles in three games. The Hornets enter Friday at 15-7 this season and 6-0 in-conference for first place in the MEAC North.
This will be the first of three series between the two schools and first of two scheduled in Dover. Last season, the two teams played a combined 11 games, with Delaware State winning the overall series 8-3, but the two split their contests in the MEAC Tournament.
SCHOTT NAMED TO JOHNNY BENCH AWARD WATCH LIST
Schott, the only player that plays in the state of Maryland or the MEAC to be nominated for the award, leads the team with a .348 batting average, 10 doubles and .493 slugging percentage. The two-time team captain also leads the team with three sacrifice flies and has brought home 16 runs so far this season.
LAST TIME OUT: UMES FALLS TO GW, NAVY
UMES's homestand ended on Tuesday as the Hawks nearly came back from down 10 runs, but lost to George Washington 13-7. Then on Wednesday, UMES was defeated by Navy 9-4 in Annapolis.
Stephen Bull reached base eight times in 10 plate appearances, going 6-for-8 combined with a pair of steals. Tre-von Johnson hit his first home run of the year against Navy, earning three hits in the two games, including a triple.
BRESLIN NAMED MEAC ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Helping UMES split a weekend series against Lafayette, the freshman third baseman hit .308 (4-for-13) in the four games, scoring once and bringing in two runs. He also had a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage.
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.
NEW LOOK INFIELD PAYS DIVIDENDS
At the left side of the infield, two freshmen man the ranks with Connor Breslin, who earlier had a seven-game hitting streak and has a MEAC Rookie of the Week award, taking the hot corner and Mike Escanilla, who just lost a seven-game hitting streak, serves as the squad's shortstop.
At second base, sophomore Joshua James returned to the position after playing in center field for the 16 games. James had hit safely in six of his last seven contests.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT:
As a team, the Hornets are batting .303, led by junior catcher Mike Alexander, who is hitting .386 with 17 RBI and 20 stolen bases. Senior infielder JP Frey has a .359 batting average and 13 stolen bases, while junior outfielder Aaron Nardone is batting .302 with 10 extra base hits, 18 RBI, 14 walks and seven stolen bases.
On the pitching end, the Hornets plan to throw redshirt senior right-hander Jordan Elliott in game one, who is 3-0 with a 1.85 ERA in five starts, striking out 26 in 34 innings. Junior righty Matt McClain is expected to throw in game two; he stands with a 3-1 record and a 2.40 ERA in 30 innings, earning three complete games. Senior southpaw Zach Adkins, who has a 1-1 record with a 5.48 ERA in 21.1 innings, is predicted to start game three.
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