HAWK TALK: A WEEKLY RECAP OF UMES ATHLETICS
Morgan King (pictured) led the softball team to a 3-3 record last week
Morgan King (pictured) led the softball team to a 3-3 record last week

March 21, 2013

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – Although the winter sports season ended this past week, athletic competition was still very busy for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore athletics program. A total of nine programs were in action, with just three of those being winter sports. The bowling team won the Music City Classic and the softball team won three games to highlight the action. The baseball team won one game at Coppin State, while the track teams ran at the Wake Forest Open. The basketball teams ended their season with first-round exits in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament.

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

BASEBALL

UMES went 1-2 in a three-game set against Coppin State this past weekend. The Hawks were blanked in the opener, 7-0, before evening the series with a 3-0 win in game two. The team fell in the series-finale by a score of 7-6.

UMES was unable to match CSU in the first game of the contest, but would respond well in Sunday’s opener.

The win in Sunday’s first game was a result of the dominance of freshman right-hander Will Turley (Greensboro, Md.). Turley fanned three and allowed eight hits in six innings on the mound to pick up his first collegiate victory. Senior Jesus Hernandez (Haverstraw, N.Y.) threw three innings of scoreless ball to pick up the save. Junior Jeffery Fleetwood (Delmar, Del.) led the attack with a 1-for-3 performance with two RBI.

UMES held a 3-2 lead after three innings against CSU in the last game, but gave up a four-run inning to the Eagles in the seventh and were unable to respond with the appropriate runs in the bottom half. The Hawks had three players collect two hits games and were led by the performance of Fleetwood, who was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI.

BOWLING

The UMES bowling team won its ninth title of the season this past weekend with a victory at the 2013 Columbia Music City Classic in Smyrna, Tenn.

Senior All-American Anggie Ramirez (Bogota, Colombia) once again paced the Hawks, earning All-Tournament Team honors, taking third overall with a six game total of 1,346 to average 224.3. She would post a 258 against Nebraska, stepping up for the big match against the Huskers.

The high game of the tournament belonged to Kristie Lopez (Ponce, Puerto Rico) who came off the bench in the fourth game to post a 279 against La. Tech on day two. She would go on to finish off with a 210 against Nebraska and a 238 against TSU to average a 242.3 over three games.

The line-up for both matches on the final day consisted of Valentina Collazos (Cali, Colombia), Megan Buja (Rockford, Ill.), Mariana Alvarado (Leon, Mexico), Ramirez and senior T’nia Falbo (Greenburg, Pa.). Lopez also threw in the match as a substitute.

OUTDOOR TRACK

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore opened its 2013 Outdoor Track and Field season at the Wake Forest Open.

Junior Imani Cox (Plainfield, N.J.), sophomore Geranda Williams (Waldorf, Md.), sophomore Gayon Evans (Clarendon, Jamaica) and freshman Petra Kubesova (Prague, Czech Republic) finished with top five performances in their respective events at the event. Cox won gold in the shot put with a distance of 15.42 meters, and earned a fourth place finish with her discus throw of 42.30 meters.

On the men's side, sophomore Denvil Ruan (Antigue B.W.I), freshman Devin Wynn, junior Ackeem Smith (St. Catherine, Jamaica),  Javon Spencer, sophomore Marcus Wallace (Winter Garden. Fla.) and junior Aaron Chatman (Waldorf, Md.) all finished in the top five of their events. 

MEN’S BASKETBALL

The men’s basketball team concluded its season with a 59-44 loss to Savannah State in the first-round of the MEAC Basketball Tournament last Monday.

UMES (2-26) was led by junior Troy Snyder (Chicago, Ill.), who had team-highs in points (nine), assists (four) and rebounds (five). Senior Olatunje Kosile (Lagos, Nigeria) had two blocks and junior Louis Bell (Washington, D.C.) had eight points.

The two teams engaged in a tight contest throughout the first-half as UMES rebounded from a deficit of double-digit points several times to stand behind by just four at half. A three by Snyder to open the half brought the SSU lead to just one, before the Tigers scored 11 of the game’s next 13 points to run away with a substantial lead.

UMES was unable to tame a furious Tiger attack that shot 55-percent from the floor in the second half. SSU’s Devin Williams lead all scorers with 26 points, 17 of which were in the second frame.

The Hawks shot just 36-percent from the floor and were outrebounded, 28-25.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

The Lady Hawks also finished up their year with an early exit in the MEAC Basketball Tournament, where the team fell to Morgan State, 56-49.

UMES (8-20) was led by sophomore Shawnee Sweeney (Colonial Heights, Va.) and freshman Ashleigh Claybrooks (Manassas, Va.). Sweeney went for 15 points and four rebounds in the game, while Claybrooks chipped in with eight points and 11 boards.

The game saw the teams combine to score just 29 points in the first-half, before each would erupt with a big second-half.

Trailing 17-12 at intermission, the Lady Hawks scored two of the first three baskets to begin the second. After trading buckets for the next few minutes, Morgan State would go on a big run to extend their lead to 14 points, 42-28, with just over five left in the game.

MSU continued to push and still held a 12-point lead, 49-37, with just over one minute left. UMES would then go on a 10-0 run over the next 30 seconds to drop its deficit to just three. Each team would make two shots from the free-throw line, but MSU would hold onto its lead the rest of the way with a perfect line from the charity stripe.

SOFTBALL

The softball team went 3-3 this past week as they split a doubleheader on Wednesday against N.C. Central at Hawk Field, before going 2-2 at Savannah State this past weekend.

UMES (8-15) currently stands second in the MEAC North standings. The squad began the week with an 11-3 victory over N.C. Central, before they fell in the nightcap, 7-3.

UMES clubbed out 19 hits between the two games. The Lady Hawks were led by sophomore Morgan King (Danville, Va.), who ripped a homerun and double to go 4-for-4 in game one with four RBI. Freshman Trenece Nash (Decatur, Ga.) hit the first round-tripper of her collegiate career, while freshman Vanessa Gomez (Belleville, N.J.) had three hits and swiped three bags.

The team would go on to sweep Friday’s doubleheader with Savannah State. The team held off a furious SSU rally in game one to win 11-10, before the Lady Hawks came back to swipe a 6-5 victory over the Lady Tigers in the nightcap. The sweep is the first ever sweep for UMES over Savannah State since they became a member of the MEAC. UMES was led in the twinbill by King, who went 4-for-8 with three RBI and three runs scored. 

UMES saw its fortune reversed in the second doubleheader on Saturday. The women were on the wrong side of a 20-1 score in game one, before falling in the last inning in the series finale. The decisions on Saturday provide UMES with a 2-2 record for the weekend and a 3-3 overall record for the week.

PECKS …

  • BASEBALL - The Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission has announced that UMES catcher Brandon Schott has been placed on the 2013 Johnny Bench Award Watch List.
  • INDOOR TRACK – The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) was represented well by senior Andre Walsh at the 2013 Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Univ. of Arkansas.
  • BOWLING – Sharon Brummell was officially enshrined in the MEAC of Fame in a ceremony at the Sheraton Waterside Hotel in Norfolk, Va.

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