HAWK TALK: A WEEKLY RECAP OF UMES ATHLETICS (APRIL 21ST THROUGH 27TH)
Senior Byron Campbell (pictured) earned multiple individual honors last week
Senior Byron Campbell (pictured) earned multiple individual honors last week

April 28, 2014

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – This week’s Hawk Talk edition features UMES Athletes of the Week, baseball news, men’s basketball alumni showcases talent, bowling latest polls, golf earns academic honors, weekly results, and more, including A Walk With A Hawk.

It’s a lot of news Hawk Family, so let’s waste no time:

BASEBALL

Last Monday (04/21), the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) baseball Byron Campbell (Waldorf, Md.) earned his second UMES Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC) Athlete of the Week honor of the season after his performance versus Delaware State University (DSU). Campbell went 11-for-16 (.678) with 10 RBIs, four runs scored, two walks, and two homers.

On the same day (04/21), Campbell and freshman Skylar Murray (Georgetown, Del.) received Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) honors. Campbell won MEAC Player of the Week while Murray earned MEAC Rookie of the Week.

The next day (04/22), Campbell was named National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) National Player of the Week.

Later that day (04/22), Maryland Eastern Shore was swept by Georgetown University in a non-conference doubleheader, 7-3 and 7-2, respectively. Sophomore Mike Escanilla (Waldorf, Md.) was 2-of-4 in the Game Two loss.

On April 23rd, the Hawks fell to George Washington University (GWU), 14-1, at Hawks Stadium. Junior Michael Epps (Pottstown, Pa.) threw a season-high 4.2 innings in a losing effort.

Last Friday (04/25), Campbell received Corvias Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Player of the Week.

On April 26th, the Hawks swept a pair of games at Coppin State by winning the first game, 4-1, before taking the doubleheader with an 11-4 victory in the second. Campbell blasted a three-run homer in the first game to pace the Hawks.

The following day (04/27), the Eagles proved to be too much as the Hawks fell to CSU, 4-3. Senior Stephen Bull (Millsboro, Del.) was 2-for-3 with a run and RBI.

This Wednesday (04/30), Maryland Eastern Shore returns home to face the University of Maryland Baltimore-County (UMBC) in a single nine-inning contest. First-pitch is set for 3:30 p.m. (EST).

MEN’S BASKETBALL

On April 20th, former UMES men’s basketball star Tim Parham competed in the National Basketball League of Canada All-Star game. In the contest, Parham grabbed 17 boards and guided the Atlantic Division to a 170-165 victory over the Central Division.

Last season, the Hawks finished 6-24 overall (4-12 MEAC).

BOWLING

Last Wednesday (04/23), the bowling team finished tenth in the nation by the International Bowling Media Association (IMBA) poll.

The following day (04/24), the Hawks ranked 11th in the National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association (NCBCA) poll.

Maryland Eastern Shore finished in fifth place at the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Championships.

GOLF

Last Friday (04/25), the MEAC released its 2014 Men's Golf All-Academic Team and five Maryland Eastern Shore student-athletes were represented: seniors Paul Cecil (Severn, Md.) and Michael Veverka (Brunswick, Md.), juniors Michael Ferguson (Vorhees, N.J.) and Kevin Odell (Snow Hill, Md.) and sophomore Jon Seward (Ft. Washington, Md.).

On May 9-11, the golf team travels to Port St. Lucie, Fla. to compete in the PGA Minority Championship.

SOFTBALL

On April 21st, UMES softball Ciara Schnyder (Arcadia, Calif.) won her first UMES PRMC Athlete of the Week award for her efforts against Hampton University. Schnyder paced the Lady Hawks as she batted 5-of-8 (.625), including a RBI.

Last Wednesday (04/23), the softball team tumbled in their final non-conference doubleheader against George Mason University as they lost each contest, 15-0 and 8-0, respectively. In Game One, seniors Chelsea Alston (Matawan, N.J.) and Cherokee Williams (Upper Marlboro, Md.) and sophomore Emily Diseroad (Manchester Valley, Md.) each registered a hit while sophomores Vanessa Gomez (Belleville, N.J.) and Trenece Nash (Decatur, Ga.) were the only Lady Hawks to collect hits in the Game Two loss.

Last Saturday (04/26), Maryland Eastern Shore postponed their three-game series versus Morgan State University (MSU) due to last Friday’s thunderstorm. As a result, both squads scheduled a doubleheader the next day (04/27).

Yesterday (04/27), UMES lost both games to the Lady Bears, 9-1 and 10-2, respectively. Alston went 2-of-3 from the plate in Game One whereas junior Morgan King (Danville, Ill.) batted 1-of-2 with a RBI in Game Two.

This weekend (05/03-05/04), the Lady Hawks wrap-up their regular-season in a three-game series versus Delaware State at Hawks Field. Saturday’s doubleheader begins 1:00 p.m. (EST) while Sunday’s single seven-inning game takes place at noon (EST).

MEN’S TRACK & FIELD

On April 18-19, the men’s track & field team won their first team meet of the season in the Morgan Legacy, hosted by Morgan State. At the meet, junior Dillon Simon (Pottersville, Dominica) set a new school-record in the discus for the third time this season while freshman Jared Kerr (Brampton, Ontario, Canada) took home his second win of the year in the 400-meter hurdle. Other notable Hawk performance included Khalil Rmidi Kinnini (Malaga, Spain) winning the 1500-meter race.

Last Friday (04/25), Dillon and Kerr won MEAC honors as Dillon received MEAC Men’s Field Athlete of the Week whereas Kerr earned MEAC Men’s Track Athlete of the Week.

On May 1-3, the Hawks travel to Greensboro, N.C. to compete in the MEAC Championships. Meet times are to be determined.

WOMEN’S TRACK & FIELD

On April 18-19, the women’s track & field team finished in the top half of the Morgan Legacy, placing 12th out-of-26 teams. The relay team of sophomores Shantol Hemley (St. Catherine’s Jamaica) and Jheniel Kelly (Edgewood, Md.), junior Annis Mars (Brooklyn, N.Y.), and senior Gayon Evans (Clarendon, Jamaica) earned second place in the 4x400 meter race with a 3:43.78 mark.

On May 1-3, the team heads to Greensboro, N.C. to participate in the MEAC Championships. Meet times will be released at a later date.

GENERAL

A Walk With A Hawk

Sophomore pitcher J.P. Black (Elkton, Md.) moved to Maryland when he was ten years old. His father is an attorney who left a group that owned Hooters franchises to join the State of Delaware as Assistant Attorney General, and his mom, a breast cancer survivor, is a paralegal for a research conglomerate. Baseball is no stranger to his family as his older brother, Alex, was a catcher for Coppin State who was twice nominated for the Johnny Bench award, which is given to the best catcher in college baseball.

To read more about J.P.’s journey to UMES, Click Here.

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