HAWK TALK: A WEEKLY RECAP OF UMES ATHLETICS
Belen Benitez (pictured) was outstanding for UMES on the hill this past week
Belen Benitez (pictured) was outstanding for UMES on the hill this past week

April 1, 2013

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – The outdoor track and field teams headlined action for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore athletics program this past week as the squads each posted top-5 finishes at the Virginia Invitational. The softball team was swept in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference series by Coppin State and the baseball team was winless in five tries. The golf team concluded play with a 24th place finish after day one of the Whiting-Turner Towson Invitational.

Let’s check out action from this past week:

BASEBALL

The baseball team went 0-4 this week.

UMES began with a 13-7 loss to George Washington at Hawk Stadium, where the Hawks had 14 hits and three multi-run innings on offense. The squad was unable to tame a vicious GW attack that scorched UMES for 14 earned runs and five extra base hits.

The Hawks fell midweek at Navy by a score of 9-4. Stephen Bull (Millsboro, Del.) led the attack with two hits and two runs, while senior Tre-von Johnson (E. New Market, Md.) ripped his first homer of the year with a two-run shot in the third.

The team concluded the week with three losses at Delaware State in their MEAC series in Dover, Del. UMES lost in the opener, 9-4, as freshman Mike Escanilla (Waldorf, Md.) and Johnson each had two hits. Johnson went deep for the second straight game and also doubled. Senior James Smith (Florence, S.C.) finished off the game with a scoreless eighth.

In the final games of the week, junior Byron Campbell (La Plata, Md.) homered and reached base for his 25th-straight games. UMES fell twice to Delaware State on Saturday in seven innings 12-0 and 17-5. 

SOFTBALL

The softball team went 0-3 this past week as they were swept in a conference series against Coppin State. On Friday, the women dropped a 7-2 decision in game one, before falling 5-1 in the nightcap. 

UMES saw four players hit safely in both games and was led by the performance of senior Carmen Gurrola (Arleta, Calif.), who went 3-for-6 and logged the complete-game effort on the mound in game two. Freshman Vanessa Gomez(Belleville, N.J.) and senior Belen Benitez (E. Los Angeles, Calif.) each hit safely in both games and scored one run, while junior Chelsea Alston (Matawan, N.J.) had two hits and tallied an RBI. Despite not allowing an earned run, Benitez was saddled with the complete-game loss in the nightcap.

Despite losing the contest, UMES had four players register multi-hit games on Saturday. Alston was 3-for-4 with a run, while senior Jasmine James (Willingboro, N.J.) and freshman Trenece Nash (Decatur, Ga.) had two knocks. Senior Carmen Gurrola (Arleta, Calif.) hit safely twice and had an RBI single in the seventh.

WOMEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK

The women’s team placed third at the Virginia Invitational this past weekend. The Lady Hawks finished the event with 85 points.

Sophomore Gayon Evans (Clarendon, Jamaica) highlighted action for the women with a first-place finish in the 100m, where she ran an 11.94 to pick up 10 points. She would then place second in the 200m with a 23.90 finish, which was just .3 points behind the top time. She concluded the invite by running the second leg of the 4x400m to finish second with a time of 3:43.33.

Freshman Petra Kubesova (Prague, Czech Republic) won the 3000m steeplechase with a time of 10:41.61.

Senior Lenora Guion-Firmin (La Trinite, Martinique) placed first in the 200m with a time of 23.60, before she won the 400m in 53.40. Sophomore Lexia Robinson (White Plains, N.Y.) was third in the discus with a heave of 46.27m and junior Imani Cox (Plainfield, N.J.) was third in the shotput in 14.82m. Senior Melina Gallas (Paris, France) was third in the 400m with a run of 1:04.56.

For her efforts in the meet, Evans was selected as a PRMC UMES Athlete of the Week for the week of April 1.

MEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK

The men placed fifth at the Virginia Invitational this past weekend. The Hawks ended up with 56 points, just six off of the fourth-place team.

Senior Dillon Simon (Pottersville, Roseau) led the men with a first-place heave of 17.00m in the shot-put, which was nearly a foot father than the closest competitor. Simon then went on to break the program record in the discus with a throw of 53.65m to pick up six points and finish third.

Sophomore Dwayne Powell (Mitchellville, Md.) placed second with a 6.8m bound in the long jump, while sophomore Denvil Ruan (Antigua, B.W.I.) was second with a 14.34m jump in the triple jump.

For his efforts in the meet, Simon was selected as a PRMC UMES Athlete of the Week for the week of April 1.

GOLF

The golf team opened up play in the Whiting-Turner Towson Invitational with a 24th place finish after day one in Grasonville, Md.

The team was led by junior Michael Veverka (Brunswick, Md.), who was one of 14 golfers at the event to place 21st and was the only UMES golfer to finish in the top-25. His finish gave him a score of four-over-par.

The Hawks were the highest scoring team of any school at the event. UMES finished with a 47-over-par score of 335. The team was just one stroke off of the next place and ten strokes off of a top-20 appearance. Junior Paul Cecil (Severn, Md.) placed in 82nd, while freshman Jon Seward (Ft. Washington) finished in 106th with a tally of 85.

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