HAWK TALK: A WEEKLY RECAP OF UMES ATHLETICS (APRIL 7TH THROUGH 13TH)
Junior Ishaq Pitt (pictured) named 2014 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar of the Year
Junior Ishaq Pitt (pictured) named 2014 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar of the Year

April 14, 2014

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – This week’s Hawk Talk edition features UMES Athletes of the Week, men’s basketball news, several bowling & track recognitions, weekly results, and more, including A Walk With A Hawk.

Ladies and gentlemen, the wait is over:

BASEBALL

Last Monday (04/07), the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) baseball Jesse Stinnett (Madison Heights, Va.) was named UMES Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC) Athlete of the Week, alongside Dillon Simon (track) & Gayon Evans (track), for the first time this season after his performance versus Norfolk State University (NSU) and Coppin State University (CSU). Stinnett tossed a combined 16 innings and gave up three runs in the two contests.

On the same day (04/07), the Hawks switched their home-and-home contests versus Navy as they traveled to the Midshipmen on Tuesday (04/08) and hosted Navy on Wednesday (04/09).

On Tuesday (04/08), UMES defeated the Midshipmen, 10-4, for the first time since the 1995 season. Mike Escanilla (Waldorf, Md.) and Greg Turlik (Gaithersburg, Md.) each registered three hits in the victory.

The next day (04/09), Maryland Eastern Shore swept Navy in the season series after winning, 8-7, at Hawk Stadium. Senior Stephen Bull (Millsboro, Del.) went a perfect 5-for-5 from the plate while Will Turley (Greensboro, Md.) picked up his first win of the season.

This weekend (04/12-04/13), the club lost two-out-of-three against NSU as they split their Saturday doubleheader by taking Game One, 6-5, but falling in Game Two, 4-2. Stinnett went eight innings for Maryland Eastern Shore in the first contest while fanning five batters.

In Sunday’s rubber match (04/13), the team fell 5-3 to the Spartans at Hawk Stadium. Bull finished the weekend 9-for-12, including three hits yesterday.

Tomorrow (04/15), the Hawks travel to Bethlehem, Pa. to face Leigh University in a non-conference doubleheader. First-pitch set for 1:00 p.m. (EST)

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Last Tuesday (04/08), UMES men’s basketball announced Bobby Collins as the next head coach for its program. Collins arrives to Princess Anne from Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) in North Carolina where he averaged nearly 20 wins a season while making National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II Tournament the last three seasons (2011-13).

"He's had great coaching experiences where he's worked previously," said Keith Davidson, UMES Director of Athletics. "He's an excellent recruiter who has great relationships with players and we believe he's the right person for our program."

On April 10th, junior forward Ishaq Pitt (Brooklyn, N.Y.) was named the 2014 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar of the Year.

The Hawks wrapped up their 2013-14 season with a 6-24 overall record (4-12 MEAC).

BOWLING

On April 8th, UMES hosted a bowling celebration to congratulate the team on their seventh Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Title.

The following day (04/09), the National Tenpins Coaches Association (NTCA) released its final media poll and finished Maryland Eastern Shore third on the season, trailing No.1 Arkansas State University (ASU) and Nebraska.

Later that night (04/09), bowlers Megan Buja (Rockford, Ill.) and Mariana Alvarado (Leon, Mexico) earned All-America honors at the NCAA Awards Banquet.

On Thursday (04/10), the squad finished in first-place as they went 4-1 on the day while earning the No. 1 in the tournament. Alvarado paced UMES, averaging over a 222 in team games.

The next day (04/11), UMES finished in third place after suffering both losses to the hands of Sam Houston State University.

The following night (04/12), Alvarado became the seventh bowler in the UMES history to earn 2014 NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team honors.

Tomorrow (04/15), Maryland Eastern Shore travels to Reno, N.V. to compete in the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Team Championships. The four-day event begins with singles competition followed by teams during the final three days. Times and opponents are to be determined.

MEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD

On April 7th, UMES track & field Dillon Simon (Pottersville, Dominica) received UMES PRMC Athlete of the Week, along with Jesse Stinnett (baseball) & Gayon Evans (track), for his performance at the VertKlasse Meeting in North Carolina. Simon set two new records at the meet in discus throw and shot-put.

Other notable performance from the VertKlasse Meeting included freshman Jared Kerr (Brampton, Ontario, Canada) winning two events in the long-jump and triple-jump.

On the same day (04/07), the MEAC announced its All-Academic Selections for the indoor season, which included Simon, George Chandler (Birdnest, Va.), Aaron Chatman (Waldorf, Md.), Alonzo Jarmon (Bowie, Md.), and Ramone Waite (Kingston, Jamaica).

Last Thursday (04/10), the conference selected Simon as the MEAC Men’s Field Athlete of the Week for his performance at the VertKlasse Meeting.

On April 18-19, the team travels to Baltimore to compete in the Morgan Legacy. Meet times are to be determined.

WOMEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD

Last Monday (04/07), women’s track & field Gayon Evans (Clarendon, Jamaica) won UMES PRMC Athlete of the Week, alongside Jesse Stinnett (baseball) & Dillon Simon (track), for her performance at the VertKlasse Meeting. Evans set three new records in the 100 & 200-meters.

Other notable performance from the VertKlasse Meeting included Rachel Halmon (Waldorf, Md.), Shantol Hemley (St. Catherine’s, Jamaica), Jheniel Kelly (Edgewood, Md.), and Annis Mars (Brooklyn, N.Y.) earning first-place in the 4x400 meters with a 3:50.10 time.

Later that day (04/07), the conference announced its Indoor Track & Field All-Academic Selections, which included Evans, Hemley, Kelly, Mars, Jazmine Holland (Glen Burnie, Md.), Nancy Yao (Riverdale, Md.), Evelyn Chappell (Bowie, Md.), and Taylor Folk (Baltimore, Md.).

On Thursday (04/10), Evans was named MEAC Women’s Track Athlete of the Week for her performance at the VertKlasse Meeting.

This weekend (04/18-04/19), the track team heads to Baltimore to participate in the Morgan Legacy. Meet times will be released at a later date.

GENERAL

A Walk With A Hawk

Mariana Alvarado developed her love of bowling from her maternal grandfather, who owned a bowling alley in her hometown.

“I’ve been bowling since I was born, basically,” said  Alvarado. “I’ve been doing tournaments since I was six years old.”

The daughter of a doctor and a psychologist, she followed the footsteps of her sister, Daniela, to the United States to bowl collegiately. She has a younger brother as well, who also bowls and could be the third out of three Alvarado children to bowl collegiately.

Click Here to read more about Alvarado’s path to UMES.

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