HAWK TALK: A WEEKLY RECAP OF UMES ATHLETICS
March 11, 2012
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – This past week saw four different athletic teams conclude their winter seasons for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. The basketball teams were each eliminated in the MEAC Tournament, while the track program finished its season at the NCAA Championships. There were a total of seven games between the baseball and softball programs. The bowling team participated in action at the USBC Sectional Qualifier and the tennis teams opened up their MEAC schedule with matchups at Howard University.
Let’s take a look at action from this past week:
The sixth-seeded women (12-18) opened up with Savannah State in the MEAC Tournament First Round, where they defeated the eleventh-seeded Tigers, 51-28. The 28 points allowed were the fewest points allowed in the 34 years of the MEAC Tournament. UMES was paced in the game by senior Adobi Agbasi (Columbus, Ga.), who posted her third double-double of the year.
The win over SSU saw UMES advance the quarterfinal round, where they were slated to play Florida A&M. The women held a three-point lead with one-minute left in the game, but FAMU’s Tameka McKelton made a three to tie it up at 48. The third-seeded Rattlers would force a turnover and convert a layup on the ensuing possession to seal the victory and move on.
The Hawks were led in the quarterfinal round against FAMU by junior forward Chelsea Sanders (Rochester, N.Y.), who had a career-high 25 points.
Junior Lenora Guion-Firmin (La Trinite, Martinique) was the lone UMES runner to participate in the NCAA Championships this past weekend in Idaho. She became the first UMES women’s indoor track All-American since the institution became a Division I member.
She ran a 53.30 in the 400m in the qualifying round on Friday, before she placed seventh in the finals with a time of 53.42. She collected two points for the Hawks with her finish.
Guion-Firmin's efforts helped her in being distinguished as the women's recipient of this week's PRMC UMES Athlete of the Week. This is the second time this year she has been honored with the award.
The men’s basketball team fell in its only contest this week as the team was upended by North Carolina Central, 60-43, in a MEAC Tournament First Round game. The team was down just three points, 29-26, at half, but was unable to stop a vicious Eagle attack in the second frame.
Junior Percy Woods (Hyattsville, Md.) was the top performer as he notched a game-high 17 points. Sophomore Gregory Womack (Edmond, Okla.) scored 10 points off the bench, while Ronald Spencer (Sickerville, N.J.) and Hillary Haley (Ft. Washington, Md.) each grabbed 10 boards.
The loss ended the men’s season, where they finished with a record of 7-23.
Woods’ efforts helped him in being distinguished as the men's recipient of this week's PRMC UMES Athlete of the Week. This is the first time in 2012 he has received this award.
The results of the UMES tennis matches against Howard University were unavailable as of press time.
The softball team went 0-4 this past week as they were swept in a pair of double headers by Goldey-Beacom College and Savannah State University.
The women saw freshman Morgan King (Danville, Ill.) go 5-for-7 with six RBIs and four doubles in their double dip against GBC. Junior Carmen Gurrola (Arleta, Calif.) threw all 13 innings and allowed just four earned runs across six innings in the night cap.
The team also dropped two games to Savannah State in their MEAC opener. UMES managed to post just six hits in ten innings against a pair of strong SSU pitchers. Junior Jasmine James (Willingboro, N.J.) hit safely in both games, while junior Kristen Lee (Bowie, Md.) was a standout defensively.
The golf team was idle this past week.
The baseball team went 0-3 this past week with a trio of losses in Pennsylvania.
The men dropped a 9-4 decision to Villanova on Friday, before losing 8-4 to Temple on Saturday and 6-3 to St. Joseph’s (Pa.) on Sunday. The three losses bring UMES’ record to 0-14 this season.
UMES held a 4-3 lead in the seventh, but Villanova tallied six runs in the final two innings to take the win. Freshman Thomas Gray (Delmar, Del.) was the lone Hawk to have multiple hits in the contest.
The Hawks fell behind early in their contest against Temple, as the Owls raced to a 6-0 lead and UMES could not overcome the difference. Sophomore Zachary Saca (Elk Grove, Calif.) threw two scoreless innings out of the bullpen, while five Hawk hitters posted two-hit games.
The maroon and gray saw its contest against St. Joseph’s (Pa.) deadlocked in a three-all tie in the sixth, but St. Joe’s put up a three spot in the bottom of the sixth to run away with the victory. Junior Brandon Schott (Warren, Pa.) was a star offensively, as he went 3-for-4 with two doubles and one RBI.
The bowling results for the women’s action in the USBC Sectional Qualifiers were unavailable as of press time.
The tennis teams hit the road for a pair of matchups at Coppin State on Tuesday, March 13 at 1 p.m. The Hawks will then travel to North Carolina to play Florida A&M at 1 p.m., and North Carolina Central at 5 p.m., on Saturday, March 17.
The softball team hosts Siena for a double-header on Tuesday, March 13 at 1 p.m., before traveling to Hampton, Va., to play Hampton at 1 p.m. on Friday and Central Connecticut at 2 p.m. on Saturday. The team concludes the week with a 2 p.m. matchup against Hampton on Sunday.
The baseball team opens the week with a double-header against Mount Saint Mary’s (Md.) on Tuesday, before the men play a pair of games at Norfolk State on Saturday and Sunday.
The bowling team will participate in the MEAC Championships in Greensboro, N.C., beginning on Friday, March 16. The event is scheduled to last through the weekend.
The outdoor track team opens its season at the Wake Forest Open in Winston-Salem, N.C., on Saturday.
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