HAWK TALK: A WEEKLY RECAP OF UMES ATHLETICS
Carmen Gurrola (pictured) went 3-0 in nearly 20 innings and a 3.20 era this past weekend
Carmen Gurrola (pictured) went 3-0 in nearly 20 innings and a 3.20 era this past weekend

Feb. 12, 2013

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – The first full week of February turned out to be a successful one for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore athletics program. The softball team went 3-1 to record its best start in a decade, while the bowling team won the DSU Capital Classic title and the indoor track teams ran well at the Lafayette/Rider Winter Games-Invitational. The women’s basketball team went 1-1 with a win at home against North Carolina Central and the men’s basketball team dropped a pair of Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference matches.

Let’s take a look at action from this past week:

BOWLING

The bowling team won their sixth event title of this season this past weekend as the squad won the DSU Capital Classic in Washington, D.C. The team dominated the competition as after two big days to begin the tourney, UMES rattled off one of their best performances of the season with a 3-2 victory over No. 5 Farleigh Dickinson on Sunday.

The team faired in well in Baker Play to open the tournament. The tournament, which consisted of 12 teams, saw UMES win 10 games and take a 434 pin lead heading into the final day of action. The Hawks disposed of FDU in the opener, before defeating the same FDU squad in the finals.

The team was led by sophomore Mariana Alvarado (Leon, Guanajuanto, Mexico) and senior Anggie Ramirez (Bogota, Colombia), who were both named to the All-Tournament team after their performances. Alvarado bowled a career-high 277 on day two against North Carolina A&T. Ramirez was selected after she combined to knock down 1,118 pins.

INDOOR TRACK

The indoor track teams competed in the Lafayette/Rider Winter Games-Invitational this past weekend, where each team had solid individual performances. The meet was not a team scored event.

For the women, sophomore Gayon Evans (Clarendon, Jamaica) recorded two first-places in the 60m (7.37) and 200m (24.33), while senior Lenora Guion-Firmin (La Trinite, Martinique) won the 400m with a time of 53.53. Guion-Firmin dominated the competition as her time was nearly three seconds faster than the closest competitor. Senior Emilie Ducados (Paris, France) won the 500m in 1:14.55 and freshman Shantol Hemley (St. Catherine’s, Jamaica) placed first in the 800m (2:16.88). Freshman Petra Kubesova (Prague, Czech Republic) won the 3000m by 15 seconds with a time of 9:43.90.

The Lady Hawks also won the 4x400m relay and weight throw.

Junior Javon Spencer (Montego Bay, Jamaica) placed second in the 200m (22.17) and third in the 60m (7:09). Junior Aaron Chatman (Waldorf, Md.) won the 500m in 1:05.80 and senior Zavior Brown (Middletown, N.Y.) was the top performer in the 800m (1:52.56). The men won the 4x400m relay as well.

For his effort this week, Chatman was honored as a PRMC UMES Athlete of the Week for the week of Feb. 11.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

The men’s basketball team dropped a pair of MEAC contests this past week.

The squad began the week with an 82-54 loss against North Carolina Central at the William P. Hytche Athletic Center. The Hawks fell behind 47-26 after one period and were unable to overcome the offensive onslaught by the Eagles. Junior Troy Snyder (Chicago, Ill.) led the team with 18 points and 10 boards, while freshman Kevin Mays (Queens, N.Y.) had 15 points.

UMES was unable to pick up a victory in its second game of the week either. The Hawks fell to 1-19 on the season and 1-8 in the MEAC after they dropped a 63-54 decision at Howard. The Hawks allowed just 33 first-half points, but were unable to stop a Bison offense that shot over 40 percent from the floor in the game. Sophomore Olatunji Kosile (Lagos, Nigeria) led the Hawks with 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Mays had nine points and seven boards.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

The Lady Hawks went 1-1 on the week. The women picked up a 72-53 victory at home against North Carolina Central, before they dropped a 59-30 decision at Howard on Saturday.

UMES forced 24 turnovers and shot nearly 50-percent from the floor to run through N.C. Central on Monday. The team had four players in double-figures, including freshman Ashleigh Claybrooks (Manassas, Va.) and sophomore Shawnee Sweeney (Colonial Heights, Va.), who each had 17 points. Freshman Alexis Udoji (Randolph, Mass.) had seven blocks, while Sweeney chipped in with six steals.

In the Lady Hawks’ matchup against Howard, the team was unable to move the ball offensively. UMES was held to just nine field goals in the game as freshman Jameelah Pickard (Greensboro, N.C.) led the team with six points. The Lady Bison jumped to an early lead and were never threatened the rest of the way.

SOFTBALL

The softball team is off to its best start in over a decade after the Lady Hawks went 3-1 this past weekend. The team swept the first doubleheader on Saturday, before splitting Sunday’s games. The women used a balanced effort in the two games on Saturday to sweep their first doubleheader since April 1, 2009. The wins also snapped UMES’ 35 game losing streak.

On Saturday, senior Carmen Gurrola (Arleta, Calif.) logged 11 innings and did not allow an earned run in either game. UMES won the first game, 5-4, before taking the second contest by a score of 9-4. The right-hander was credited with both wins after she combined to allow 11 hits, struck out five and walked one. Freshman Vanessa Gomez (Belleville, N.J.) posted three hits and stole five bags, while senior Jasmine James (Willingboro, N.J.) had three hits, three runs and three RBI. Sophomore Morgan King (Danville, Ill.) notched a pair of hits with three RBI.

On Sunday, the Lady Hawks earned a doubleheader split against Saint Peter’s College. The Lady Hawks walked off with a 10-9 victory in eight innings in game one, before they dropped the night cap by a score of 12-7.

It was the effort of Gomez and freshman Trenece Nash (Decatur, Ga.) that were the difference, as the pair combined to register 11 hits, 10 RBI and four stolen bases in the two games. Gomez registered five knocks altogether, including the game-winning single in UMES’ 10-9 extra-inning victory in game one. Nash was 6-for-11 across the doubleheader with three doubles and eight RBI.

For her effort this week, Nash was honored as a PRMC UMES Athlete of the Week for the week of Feb. 11.

PECKS …

  • BOWLING - The bowling team remained No. 2 in the latest NTCA poll
  • BOWLING – Ramirez was named MEAC Bowler of the Week for the third time this season
  • BASEBALL – Head Coach Pedro Swann announced that six freshmen win join the team this year
  • SOFTBALL – Sophomore Morgan King was named to the 2013 All-MEAC Preseason Team
  • W. BASKETBALL – Junior Shanyce Stewart was named MEAC Defensive Player of the Week

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