HAWK TALK: A WEEKLY RECAP OF UMES ATHLETICS (DECEMBER 9TH THOUGH 15TH)
Freshman Sara Pelayo (pictured) contributed to the Hawks perfect 10-0 record at the MEAC Northern Division Meet
Freshman Sara Pelayo (pictured) contributed to the Hawks perfect 10-0 record at the MEAC Northern Division Meet

Dec. 15, 2013

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – This week’s Hawk Talk edition features UMES Athletes of the Week, Hawk players commit to summer league, men’s basketball wins another MEAC honor, women’s bowling climbs three spots, basketball weekend results, and more.

Let’s get started:

BASEBALL

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) baseball team announced juniors Devin Repine (Salisbury, Md.) and Greg Turlik (Gaithersburg, Md.) to play for the Petersburg Generals (Petersburg, Va.) in the Coastal Plain League this upcoming summer. Repine and Turlik are the first two Hawks to be announced for their summer league commitments next summer.

Turlik had an outstanding fall with the Hawks as he enters his first season with UMES after being named a 2013 National Junior College Athletic Association All-American during his tenure at Montgomery College (Md.). Repine begins his junior season with the Hawks after posting a 5.79 ERA in his first two seasons.

In February, the Hawks hit the road down South to Tampa, Fla. to face South Florida.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Last Monday (12/9), freshman guard Hakeem Baxter (Philadelphia, Pa.) earned his third Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC) UMES Athlete of the Week award, along with Sara Pelayo, after his career performance against the University of Maryland Baltimore-County (UMBC), back on Dec. 2nd. In that game, Baxter notched a career-high 28 points, including 9-for-19 from the field and 9-for-10 from the line.

On the same day (12/9), the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) announced its weekly honors and Baxter won his second MEAC Rookie of the Week honors for his performance against UMBC. Prior to the season, Baxter also was predicted as Lindy’s Sports MEAC Newcomer of the Year in October.

Earlier today (12/15), the men’s basketball team was defeated by Oregon State, 98-66. KyRee Jones (Indianapolis, Ind.) led the Hawks with 21 points behind a 5-of-8 performance from long-range. Isaac Smith (Chicago, Ill.) chipped in with 13 points while Hakeem Baxter (Philadelphia, Pa.) had 12 points and five boards. Junior Ishaq Pitt (Brooklyn, N.Y.) had a career-high nine boards and senior Louis Bell (Washington, D.C.) had three assists.

On Dec. 17th, the men’s team goes to West Lafayette, Ind. to square off against the Boilermakers of Purdue University. Tip-off is 8:00 p.m. (EST)

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Earlier today (12/15), in their first-ever meeting against the University of Oklahoma (OU), the women’s basketball team fell on the road to #20 Oklahoma, 105-46. Despite shooting only 22% percent from the field (15-for-69), 10 Lady Hawks scored, led by Alexis Udoji (Randolph, Mass.) finishing with team-highs in points (13) and rebounds (7). Chalyse Taylor (Louisville, Ky.) posted five points and a team-high three assists while Jessica Long (Fort Washington, Md.) and Mariah McCoy (Rock Hill, S.C.) each had six points in the loss.

On Tuesday (12/17), the Lady Hawks travel to Charlottesville, Va. to face Virginia. Game-time is 7:00 p.m. (EST)

BOWLING

On Dec. 9th, freshman bowler Sara Pelayo (Distrito Federal, Mexico) received her second career PRMC UMES Athlete of the Week honor, alongside Hakeem Baxter, for her performance at the MEAC Northern Division Tournament, held in Hampton, Va (Dec. 7-8). Pelayo led all Hawk bowlers as the team went a perfect 10-0. In five individual games, Pelayo averaged 212 pins-per-game, including a game-high 243 pins.

On the same day (12/9), the National Tenpins Coaches Association (NTCA) Coach’s poll was announced and UMES climbed three spots to second overall behind new number one, Arkansas State University (ASU). The Hawks received 11 first-place votes, one more than the Red Wolves. ASU moved up three spots after being selected fourth in the preseason poll.

On Jan. 24-26, the bowling team heads to Reading, Pa. to compete in the Kutztown Invite.

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