HAWK TALK: A WEEKLY RECAP OF UMES ATHLETICS
T'nia Falbo (pictured) recently won the Chris Stoehr Sportsmanship Award

T'nia Falbo (pictured) recently won the Chris Stoehr Sportsmanship Award

April 23, 2013

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore athletics program saw five programs in action last week and play was highlighted by the bowling team, who won the USBC Championships in Lincoln, Neb. The women's track team finished third at the Morgan Legacy meet, while the men's team was sixth. The softball team was winless in five games and baseball fell in four contests.

BASEBALL

The baseball team went 0-4 last week with three Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference losses.

Despite multi-hit contests by junior Jeffrey Fleetwood (Delmar, Del.) and junior Stephen Bull (Millsboro, Del.), UMES fell to Navy 13-2 on Tuesday at Hawks Stadium. Fleetwood reached base three times on Tuesday, going 2-for-3 with a walk and a run. Bull earned the first two hits of the game for the Hawks, finishing 2-for-4 in the contest.

UMES played close to the MEAC Northern Division leader but was defeated in each part of the Saturday doubleheader, falling 7-3 in game one and 7-4 in the second contest. Senior Tre-von Johnson (East New Market, Md.) earned multi-hit contests in both games, combining to go 4-for-8 with three runs and two RBI. Junior Byron Campbell (Waldorf, Md.) hit two triples in the game, finishing 4-for-8 with two RBI and increasing his reached base streak to 38 consecutive games.

Freshman Mike Escanilla (Waldorf, Md.) went 3-for-3 and freshman Jordan Bone (Pittstown, Pa.) allowed just one hit in four innings, but it was not enough as UMES was shut out by Delaware State 11-0 on Sunday. The loss went to Bone, who allowed just two earned in four innings. Junior Zachary Saca (Elk Grove, Calif.) did not allow an earned run in four innings in relief.

BOWLING

The bowling team claimed their second ever xbowling Intercollegiate Team Championship (ITC) and fifth overall National Championship this afternoon at Sun Valley Lanes in Lincoln, Neb. The Hawks topped Pikeville 2-0 in the finals, recorded for a tape-delayed airing in May on CBS Sports Network. It is the Hawks second USBC Collegiate Championship in three years and fifth title in six seasons.

UMES began the event on Thursday, April 18 with three wins. The women went 6-0 win at the USBC Team Championships in the seeding round. They posted two 4-2 wins over Newman and UW-Whitewater. The team went on to claim two 4-1 victories over Wichita State, before they concluded the tournament with the win over Pikeville.

UMES seniors Anggie Ramirez (Bogota, Colombia) and T'nia Falbo (Greensburg, Pa.) claimed one last award in their collegiate careers, All-Tournament Team at the United State Bowling Congress (USBC) Intercollegiate Team Championships (ITC). Falbo would also earn the prestigious Chris Stoehr Sportsmanship Award.

For their efforts, Ramirez and Falbo were selected as the PRMC UMES Athletes of the Week for the week of April 22.

SOFTBALL

The softball team went 0-5 this week with three MEAC losses to Hampton.

Freshman Vanessa Gomez (Belleville, N.J.) swiped three bases to move atop the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference stolen base leaders list, but it was not enough as the University of Maryland Eastern Shore softball team dropped a pair of 2-1 contests at George Mason on Wednesday. Gomez was one of two Hawks to register hits on the day as pitching dominated the contest for both sides. Senior Belen Benitez (E. Los Angeles, Calif.) and senior Carmen Gurrola (Arleta, Calif.) each were fantastic on the mound as they combined to allow just three earned runs in 12 innings.

UMES took Hampton down to the wire in Saturday's opener, but the Lady Hawks would ultimately fall in eight innings as the squad dropped a pair of games to the Lady Pirates at Hawk Field. UMES lost 5-3 in eight innings in the opener and would lose the second game by a score of 10-4.

The Lady Hawks swiped seven bags between the two games. Sophomore Morgan King (Danville, Ill.) took three in the second game, while Gomez stole one in each. Gurrola pitched 13 innings between the two games and allowed six earned runs. Gomez was 3-for-7 on the day with a double and King collected two hits and two runs in the nightcap.

Gurrola allowed just three earned runs in a complete-game effort but UMES dropped a 7-3 decision to Hampton on Sunday. UMES was led by the effort of Gurrola, but also saw a solid performance from senior Jasmine James (Willingboro, N.J.). James was 1-for-3 with an RBI, one run and a stolen base

WOMEN'S OUTDOOR TRACK

The women's outdoor track team placed third at the Morgan Legacy Meet this past weekend.

Sophomore Lexia Robinson (White Plains, N.Y.) and senior Lenora Guion-Firmin (La Trinite, Martinique) each finished first in their respective events. Robinson earned gold in the discus with a toss of 47.82m, and took second in the shot put with a toss of 13.79 meters. Guion-Firmin ran a 53.25 in the 400m to earn first-place. Junior Imani Cox (Plainfield, N.J.) finished in fourth-place of the discus with a 42.25m.

Sophomore Geranda Williams (Waldorf, Md.) leaped to a second-place finish in the triple jump. She finished with a distance of 12.53m. Freshman Petra Kubesova (Prague, Czech Republic) finished in second place in the 1,500m with a time of 4:43.85.

MEN'S OUTDOOR TRACK

The men's outdoor track team placed sixth at the Morgan Legacy meet this past weekend.

The team saw a number of its student-athletes provide solid results. Sophomore Denvil Ruan (Antigua, B.W.I.) and freshman Devin Wynn finished third and fifth place, respectively, in the triple jump. Ruan jumped a total of 14.76m, while Wynn posted a 14.17m.

Freshman Dillon Simon (Pottersville, Roseau) threw a 50.13m toss in the discus to win second, while junior Ackeem Smith (St. Catherine, Jamaica) posted a third-place finish in the 110m hurdles (14.14). Junior Nyls Nubret (St. Francois, Guadalupe) finished in sixth place in the 100m dash in a time of 10.88 seconds

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