HAWK TALK: SEASONS START AND END WHILE OTHERS CONTINUE FORWARD
March 12, 2008
PRINCESS ANNE, Md.- The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) had a host of teams compete over the past week with men and women's basketball, baseball, softball, bowling, and the track teams all seeing action.
For a complete recap and/or results visit www.umeshawks.com.
The UMES bowling team set a school record for wins in a season as they improved to 104-23 after posting a team best 9-1 mark at the Holiday Bowl Classic.
Notable wins came over #1 Nebraska and #3 Vanderbilt. Their lone loss came to #10 Minnesota State.
The #2 Lady Hawks finished with an impressive 31 games over 200 and were led by Maria Rodriguez who was selected to the All-Tournament Team and later as Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Bowling Athlete of the Week after finishing second in the field of 106 bowlers. Rodriguez tallied a 223.5 average, including a high game of 259.
Kristina Frahm also made the All-Tournament Team as she finished fifth with an average of 221.8, including a high game of 266.
The UMES indoor track teams represented by three athletes were impressive yet again, this time at Iowa State's Last Chance meet.
In the men's events, Allodin Fothergill ran to a first place finish in the 400-meter dash with a new personal record (PR) time of 46.36. Fothergill did not stop there as he set another school record in the 200-meter dash by crossing the line seventh in 21.43.
On the women's side, Tanisha Wisdom set a new PR in the 400-meter dash by topping her previous school record with a first place finish of 52.36. Not to be outdone, Merrecia James bested her school record in the 800-meter run by more than a second, 2:07.18.
Both Fothergill and Wisdom will compete in the NCAA Indoor Championships, while James will have to wait to see if her provisional time will allow her to run.
In other action, the baseball team dropped a weekend series to Charleston Southern University (12-1, 8-6, and 12-4) and remained winless on the year.
Jorge Pichardo in his first action of the season hit .333 with two doubles, two runs, and one RBI. Pat Hercinger is second on the team with a .324 batting average and leads the Hawks in runs (6) and RBI (5). Hercinger is tied with teammate Ryan Coppi for most hits (12).
Starting pitcher Mike Roberts (0-2) leads the team in lowest earned run average (3.38 ERA) and innings pitched (18.2). Elliott Arrington (0-2) has the lowest ERA (4.20) out of the bullpen while leading the team in appearances (7). Dan Sterling is tops in strikeouts (18) and opponent's batting average (.269).
Meanwhile, the softball team picked up their first win of the season against Coppin State University (CSU) [(14-4(6)] at the South Carolina State (SCSU) Tournament, but lost to SCSU (6-1) the following day.
Mishayla Truttman (1-1) recorded the win over CSU as she threw all six innings, allowing four runs, three earned, and striking out nine.
On the offensive side, UMES picked up runs from Dawnita Leigh (3), Jaleesa Lewis (3), and Cassandra Carlos (2). Kendra Saunders also added two runs along with three RBI on her second homerun of the season, while Marielle Garcia also contributed with a pair of RBI and runs.
Bonnie Heineken (0-3) recorded the loss to SCSU as she allowed six runs and four earned. The Lady Hawks managed just three hits in the contest.
The men's tennis team opened up their season 0-4 with losses coming to Salisbury University (9-0), St. Mary's College (Md.) [8-1], York College (Pa.) [9-0], and Washington College (9-0).
Rashad James recorded the first win of the season for the Hawks against St. Mary's Jeremy Butanis 7-6 (7-5), 6-1. James picked up his second win in a pro set match over Washington College's Timothy Parks 8-6.
Meanwhile, the women's team has lost their first two matches of the year against York College (Pa.) [9-0] and Washington College (Md.) [8-0].
In other news, the women's basketball team fell in their season finale to Delaware State University, 57-46.
Both teams were playing for the third seed, but it was the Hornets defense who stepped up as they allowed only two players to score in double figures for UMES (17-12, 10-6 MEAC). Casey Morton led the Lady Hawks with 12 points off the bench, while April McBride tossed in 10 points. Tiffany Reid grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.
With the loss, UMES dropped to the fifth seed and will now play the fourth-seeded Hampton Pirates in the quarterfinals of the MEAC Tournament.
Meanwhile, the men's basketball team dropped their sixth straight to end the regular season with a 67-52 decision to Delaware State University.
UMES (4-27, 2-14 MEAC) will play as the 11th seed in the opening round of the conference tournament against the sixth-seeded Florida A&M Rattlers.
The UMES outdoor track teams kick off their seasons in Winston-Salem, N.C. at the Wake Forest Open on March 21 and 22.
The UMES bowling team will try to make it three straight conference titles as they compete at the MEAC Championships in Virginia Beach, Va. on March 21-23.
The UMES tennis teams will face Virginia State in Petersburg, Va. on March 21 starting at 2:00 p.m. They then return home the following day for a match against Delaware State before traveling to play Hampton on March 26. Those two contests are scheduled for 1:00 p.m. start times.
UPCOMING BASEBALL GAMES
The UMES baseball team will begin MEAC play on the road as they travel to Glen Burnie, Md. for a weekend series against Coppin State on March 22-23. Games one and three are scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m., while game two is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. They return home for a doubleheader against St. Peter's on March 26 beginning at noon before heading to Brooklyn, N.Y. for a single-game affair against Long Island starting at 3:00 p.m.
UPCOMING SOFTBALL GAMES
The UMES softball team will compete in the Hampton Tournament on March 21 and 22 with opponents and start times to be determined. They then return home for a doubleheader against St. Peter's on March 26 starting at 1:00 p.m.