HAWK TALK: A WEEKLY RECAP OF UMES ATHLETICS (SEPTEMBER 30TH THROUGH OCTOBER 6TH)
Freshman Hakeem Baxter (pictured) predicted as MEAC Newcomer of the Year
Freshman Hakeem Baxter (pictured) predicted as MEAC Newcomer of the Year

Oct. 7, 2013

PRINCESS ANNE, MD. – This week’s Hawk Talk edition features Hakeem Baxter Preseason Newcomer of the Year, UMES Athletes of the Week, weekend results from baseball, softball, volleyball, and more.

Let’s go:

BASEBALL

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) baseball team opened up their fall schedule against Salem Community College (CC) at Hawk Stadium. UMES defeated Salem CC, 25-5. The Hawks posted 16 hits in the contest led by Senior Byron Campbell (Waldorf, MD) and Junior Brady Bassford (Olney, MD). Campbell went 4-7 with three RBIs and scored four times. Bassford had a game-high four RBIs in the contest to propel the Hawks to victory.

This Saturday (10/12), the baseball team travels to Georgetown, DE to face Delaware Technical CC-Georgetown. First pitch is 1:00 p.m.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Lindy’s Sports released its annual Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Men’s Basketball Predictions and University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) freshman guard Hakeem Baxter (Philadelphia, PA) has been predicted as MEAC Newcomer of the Year.

Baxter averaged over 22 points per game (ppg) while attending Philadelphia Electrical & Technology (P.E.T.) Charter High School. Baxter scored over 1,000 points in his four-year career at P.E.T. Charter and was also named to the All-Public League. Last season, Baxter became the all-time leading scorer in the school history.

UMES opens up its 2013-14 campaign in the Big Apple, New York City, against Columbia University on November 9th. Tip-off is 7:00 p.m.

GOLF

On Sunday (9/29), UMES golf team concluded its season opening road trip at the Black College Alumni Hall of Fame Invitational in Atlanta, GA. The Hawks finished sixth in the event.

Senior Michael Veverka (Brunswick, MD) shot consecutive rounds of one-over-par (73) to lead UMES. Freshman Norman Blanco (New Orleans, LA) was the second UMES golfer to place in the event with a 75 and 77 in the two rounds.

The next day (9/30), Veverka was named the Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC) UMES Athlete of the Week along with Sonia Rosales (Volleyball). In his performance at the Myrtle Beach Invitational, Veverka registered the lowest round in UMES’ golf program history, scoring a par-69. This is the first time Veverka has won this award.

Today, UMES golf team continues its fall schedule at the Holiday Inn Colonial Classic in Pittsburgh, PA. The two-day tournament (Oct. 7-8) will be held at The Club at Shadow Lakes. Head Coach Marshall Cropper sent six student-athletes to compete: Veverka; Blanco; Sedrick Bailey (Baltimore, MD); Richard Fleming (Upper Marlboro, MD); Bryan Martin (Baltimore, MD); and Kevin Odell (Snow Hill, MD).

SOFTBALL

Last Saturday (10/5), UMES softball team split their doubleheader with Delaware Technical CC-Georgetown at Hawks Field. The Lady Hawks won the first contest, 7-2, but dropped the second game, 9-3. Chelsea Alston (Matawan, NJ) and Vanessa Gomez (Belleville, NJ) led the Hawk attack. Alston and Gomez each had two hits in the victory.

The Lady Hawks finished the fall ball season, 5-1 overall. Three months from today (2/7/14), UMES will begin their 2014 campaign in Charleston, SC at the Charleston Southern Tournament. The Lady Hawks will compete in a doubleheader against Charleston Southern (11:00 a.m.) followed by Elon University (3:00 p.m.).

VOLLEYBALL

On Sept. 30th, freshman Sonia Rosales was named the PRMC UMES Athlete of the Week along with Michael Veverka (Men’s Golf). Rosales tallied her first-career double-double with 38 assists and 10 digs to lead UMES to its 31st consecutive victory at home over Delaware State. Rosales also had four kills and one service ace in the victory. This is the first time Rosales has won this award.

On Oct. 4th, the volleyball team saw the nation’s longest home-match winning streak come to an end after falling to Howard, 3-1. The Lady Hawks extend the streak to 31 matches overall and 35 in conference play. Ashley Smith (Huntley, IL) led the Hawks with 20 kills while freshman Sonia Rosales (Victorville, CA) had a career-high 44 assists. Senior Jingqiao Li (Beijing, China) demonstrated another strong performance by recording her fourth 20+ dig performance of the season (21).

Yesterday (10/6), the Lady Hawks began their six-match road trip on the road against Coppin State. The team lost, 3-0. Rosales had 34 assists while Smith tallied nine kills in the loss. Rosales earned her third consecutive 30+ assist performance this season.

On Friday (10/11), the team heads to Baltimore, MD to face Morgan State followed by Hampton University on Sunday (10/13). Friday’s match is 7:00 p.m. and Sunday’s match is 3:00 p.m.

GENERAL

RELAY FOR LIFE

On Sept. 27th, UMES Athletic Department participated in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event. The department surpassed its goal, $1,500, by contributing over $2,000 towards finding a cure for cancer.

Overall, Wicomico County raised nearly $250,000 for the Eastern Shore. Each sport program made time to attend the event, walk, and cheer on survivors and caregivers during the night. In the process, four members of the Hawks’ Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), the representative body for the student-athletes, two administrators, and a SAAC representative stayed the night at Perdue Stadium.

The Hawks will begin a Relay For Life donation campaign later in the fall semester to contribute for next year’s goal.

For complete recaps, results and news of Hawk athletics, please visit www.umeshawks.com.