HAWK TALK: A WEEKLY RECAP OF UMES ATHLETICS
Megan Buja (pictured) and the bowling team placed third at the NCAA Championships last week

Megan Buja (pictured) and the bowling team placed third at the NCAA Championships last week

April 17, 2013

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – There was a mixture of action around the University of Maryland Eastern Shore athletics department last week as seven teams were involved in play. The bowling team highlighted action with a third-place finish at the NCAA Championships, while the baseball team went 1-3 and the track teams ran at the George Mason Spring Invitational. The softball team lost a pair of games to Delaware State and the tennis teams were swept in three contests. The golf team rounded out action with a sixth-place finish at the MEAC Showcase in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

BASEBALL

The baseball team went 1-3 last week.

UMES began with a 7-4 loss to Towson on Tuesday. Down five runs after six, UMES put together a three-run seventh inning to come close to Towson. Junior Stephen Bull (Millsboro, Del.) finished a home run away from hitting for the cycle, as he went 3-for-5 with a pair of runs scored. Freshman Mike Escanilla (Waldorf, Md.) also was 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI.

The team would then go on to win 1-of-3 against Norfolk State in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference play. After being shut out 5-0 in game one, the UMES bats came alive in the second contest for an 8-6 victory to split the Saturday doubleheader with Norfolk State and snap a 14-game losing streak.

Sophomore Devin Repine (Salisbury, Md.) earned his first victory of the season, pitching the final two innings without a run. Sophomore Dustin Aigner (Melfa, Va.) was the only Hawk to hit safely in each game, combining to go 3-for-6 with two runs. With four hits in the final game, Escanilla went 4-for-8 with two runs, a stolen base and a pair of RBI. Junior Byron Campbell (Waldorf, Md.) matched his personal-best record from last season, reaching base in both games to reach base in 34-consecutive contests.

UMES led after scoring first in the sixth, helped by a strong start from freshman Jordan Bone (Pittstown, Pa.), but the Hawks fell to Norfolk State 6-2 in the Sunday rubber match.

For his efforts, Bone was selected as a PRMC UMES Athlete of the Week for the week of April 15.

BOWLING

The bowling team placed third at the NCAA Championships this past weekend in Canton, Mich.

UMES opened up in 5th place after the women went 1-3 in four games on Thursday. UMES opened with a 1005-983 loss to upstart Wisconsin-Whitewater and then dropped a 1045-1019 decision to Nebraska. The Hawks led into the ninth frame of the contest but as Nebraska surged, UMES left open frames.

UMES then took on the eighth-seeded Fairleigh Dickinson Knights. UMES had the lead heading into the tenth, but were unable to strike in the final game of the last frame. In the fourth match it was within a few pins the entire time but the Hawks surged ahead at the end and got the 977-948 win over Arkansas State.

The Lady Hawks would then go onto lose their first match against Nebraska, 4-1, on Friday, before posting a big win over Farleigh Dickinson later in the day. UMES defeated FDU, 4-2. The team would bow out of the championships in the next contest as they fell to Vanderbilt, 4-3, to claim third-place.

Freshman Kristie Lopez (Ponce, Puerto Rico) was named to the NCAA Championships All-Tournament team after she bowled in all seven team games for the Hawks. She started in six and averaged an impressive 203.3. She rolled the second highest individual game of the event, a 266 and tallied 1,220 pins on the day.

For her efforts, Lopez was selected as a PRMC UMES Athlete of the Week for the week of April 15.

SOFTBALL

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore softball team held a 5-4 lead in the last inning of Tuesday’s nightcap, but the Lady Hawks were unable to secure the win as the women were swept by Delaware State. UMES fell in the opener 10-1, before the squad had an 8-5 loss pinned on them in game two.

UMES (11-23) was led in the doubleheader by freshman Vanessa Gomez (Belleville, N.J.), who had three hits, three stolen bases and two runs scored. Gomez and senior Belen Benitez (E. Los Angeles, Calif.) each connected for triples in the match, while five Lady Hawks recorded multi-hit contests in at least one game.

Benitez and senior Carmen Gurrola (Arleta, Calif.) were each saddled with the loss in their respective matches.

WOMEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK

The women’s outdoor track team competed in the George Mason Invitational this past weekend.

The team was led by sophomore Gayon Evans (Clarendon, Jamaica), who set a school record in the 200m with a time of 23.43. The time was good for a first-place finish. She also earned a season's best finish in the 100m. In the last sprint events, senior Lenora Guion-Firmin (La Trinite, Martinique) finished first in the 400m dash (53.43).

Junior Imani Cox (Plainfield, N.J.) earned gold in the shot put with a toss of 15.84m. She finished seventh in the discus with a throw of 42.35m.

The 4x400-meter relay team ran a second-place time of 3:46.87. Senior Jennell Wade (White Plains, Md.) led off and was followed by Evans, senior Melina Gallas (Paris, France) and Guion-Firmin.

MEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK

The men’s outdoor track team competed in the George Mason Invitational this past weekend.

The team was led by junior Ackeem Smith (St. Catherine, Jamaica), who ran a 14.04 in the 110m hurdles to finish in second place. Sophomore Marcus Wallace (Winter Gardens, Fla.) finished fourth in the 100m (10.70), while junior Javon Spencer (Montego Bay, Jamaica) finished in the top-10 of the 400m.

Sophomore Dillon Simon (Pottersville, Roseau) finished in second-place with a 49.16m throw in the discus. Sophomore Devin Wynn (Baltimore, Md.) finished with a 14.09m distance in the triple jump, good for 11th place.

TENNIS

The tennis teams went 0-2 this past Saturday as the men’s and women’s teams each lost one match.

The men traveled to Coppin State on Saturday and fell by a score of 6-1. The highlight of the match was seen by junior Wirlen Elame (Silver Spring, Md.), who won his match at No. 1 singles by a score of 7-6, 6-3. The rest of the squad was swept in singles and doubles play.

The women's tennis team was swept, 5-0, by Morgan State at Mervo High School on Saturday afternoon. The Lady Hawks were unable to tally a point in the match as the squad was blanked in both singles and doubles play.  With the loss, UMES moves to 0-8.

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