HAWK TALK: A WEEKLY RECAP OF UMES ATHLETICS (APRIL 14TH THROUGH 20TH)
Senior Stephen Bull earned numerous Player of the Week honors last week
Senior Stephen Bull earned numerous Player of the Week honors last week

April 21, 2014

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – This week’s Hawk Talk edition features UMES Athletes of the Week, baseball news, men’s basketball introduces new coach, women’s basketball season in-review, bowling wraps up season, tennis receives MEAC honors, weekly results, and more.

Hope everyone had a great Easter, so let’s get you caught up:

BASEBALL

Last Monday (04/14), the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) baseball Stephen Bull (Millsboro, Del.) was named UMES Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC) Athlete of the Week, along with Megan Buja (bowling), for his performances versus Navy and Norfolk State University (NSU). Bull reached base in eleven consecutive appearances while collecting 10 singles and a walk in that span.

Later that afternoon (04/14), Bull received National Player of the Week recognitions as he was awarded Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week and NCAA.com Player of the Week.

On the same day (04/14), the Hawks announced several schedule changes, including their match-ups versus Lehigh University and Delaware State University (DSU). Maryland Eastern Shore moved their non-conference doubleheader versus Leigh to Wednesday (04/16) while making their series against DSU a four-game series.

The next morning (04/15), the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) named Bull MEAC Player of the Week as he went 15-of-22 across a five-game span.

On April 16th, Maryland Eastern Shore spilt their non-conference match-up with Lehigh as they lost Game One, 6-3, but won the nightcap, 11-3. In Game Two, junior Chipper Smith (Florence, S.C.) allowed three runs and a walk in his second win on the season.

The following day (04/17), Bull was named a Corvias Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Baseball Player of the Week.

This past weekend (04/18-04/19), the Hawks split their four-game series versus the Hornets. On Friday (04/18), the baseball teams made a bold statement as they swept both ends of a doubleheader by opening with a 3-2 win in 11 innings, before pinning a 5-1 decision in the nightcap. Jesse Stinnett (Madison Heights, Va.) went nine innings to guide the Hawks to a 3-2 win in the opener.

The next day (04/19), Maryland Eastern Shore dropped a pair of games at Delaware State as the team fell in the opener 16-6, before losing by a score of 15-8 in the nightcap. Bull upped his hit streak to 25 games with hits in both games.

Tomorrow (04/22), the team travels to our Nation’s Capital to face Georgetown University in a doubleheader. First-pitch is set for 5:00 p.m. (EST)

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Last Wednesday (04/16), UMES introduced its new men’s basketball head coach, Bobby Collins, in a press conference held inside the William P. Hytche Athletic Center. Notable UMES officials in attendance included Dr. Juliette B. Bell, President of UMES, and Keith Davidson, UMES Director of Athletics.

"I have passion. I am driven. I'm going to give you all I have, every day and every night," said Collins. "My vision for this program is to graduate students, first and foremost. I'm proud of the graduation success rate and we will continue that. Also, we will win championships.”

The Hawks finished their 2013-14 campaign 6-24 overall (4-12MEAC).

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Last month (03/13), the Lady Hawks saw seniors Breonna Evans (Melfa, Va.) and Shanyce Stewart (Mount Vernon, N.Y.) compete in their final collegiate game versus Coppin State University (CSU) in the MEAC Quarterfinals.

Looking forward into 2014-15 season, the women’s basketball team anticipates 13 returners, consisting of two seniors, seven juniors, and four sophomores, led by rising seniors, Jessica Long (Fort Washington, Md.) and Shawnee Sweeney (Chester, Va.).

Last season, UMES finished 9-21 (4-12 MEAC) on the season.

BOWLING

On April 14th, UMES bowling Megan Buja (Rockford, Ill.) was selected as UMES PRMC Athlete of the Week, alongside Stephen Bull (baseball), for her performance in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championship. Buja averaged 232.6 pins-per-game while knocking down 1,628 pins in seven games.

On the same day (04/14), juniors Mariana Alvarado (Leon, Mexico) and Tatiana Munoz (Ibague Tolima, Columbia) were named to the women’s team for the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award.

The next day (04/15), Alvarado and Munoz finished eighth and ninth place, respectively, in the XBowling Intercollegiate Singles Championship in Reno, Nev.

The following day (04/16), the team earned a ninth-place qualifying spot and stayed alive as they rolled past Bellarmine, 4-1, at the Intercollegiate Team Championships (ITC).

On April 17th, the Hawks wrapped up their season by finishing in fifth-place at the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) ITC.

SOFTBALL

Last weekend (04/18-04/19), the softball team was swept by Hampton University, 3-0. Last Friday (04/18), the Lady Hawks fell to Hampton in a doubleheader, 7-0 and 4-2, respectively, as both contests were televised on ESPNU. Freshman Ciara Schnyder (Arcadia, Calif.) recorded the lone hit for the Lady Hawks in Game One while sophomore Kaitlyn Hitch (Delmar, Del.) tossed 4.2 innings and allowed one earned run on three hits in the Game Two loss.

The next day (04/19), Maryland Eastern Shore’s comeback fell short as they lost, 9-7. Sophomore Emily Diseroad (Manchester Valley, Md.) went 2-of-3 with three RBIs in a losing effort.

This Wednesday (04/23), the Lady Hawks head to Fairfax, Va. to compete in their final non-conference games of the season as they take on George Mason University. Game-times are booked for 2:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. (EST)

MEN’S TENNIS

On April 16th, the MEAC announced its men’s and women’s All-Academic selections and senior Wirlen Elame (Silver Spring, Md.), junior Wayne Heath (Pungoteague, Va.), and Mohin Uddin (Forestville, Md.) were honored.

Tomorrow (04/22), the Hawks will compete in their final home contest of the season versus Stevenson. Game-time is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. (EST)

WOMEN’S TENNIS

Last Wednesday (04/16), the MEAC announced its All-Academic team and senior Reine Fowajuh (Wilmington, Del.) was recognized.

On April 22nd, the Lady Hawks face Stevenson in their final contest of the season. First-serve begins at 2:00 p.m. (EST)

MEN’S TRACK & FIELD

On April 11th, Maryland Eastern Shore competed in the Don Webster Invitational, hosted by Coppin State University (CSU), and George Mason Spring Invitational, hosted by George Mason. Freshman Jared Kerr (Brampton, Ontario, Canada) became the first Hawk to qualify for the World Junior Championships this coming July in Eugene, Oregon. Kerr will participate in the 400-meter hurdles.

Other notable Hawk performances included fellow freshman Khalil Rmidi Kinnini (Malaga, Spain) winning the 1500-meter race while junior Dillon Simon (Pottersville, Dominica) won his third shot-put event of the outdoor season.

On April 24-26, the team travels to Philadelphia, Pa. to participate in the Penn Relays. Meet times are to be determined.

WOMEN’S TRACK & FIELD

On April 11th, UMES participated in the Don Webster Invitational and George Mason Spring Invitational and saw the team of Shantol Hemley (St. Catherine’s, Jamaica), Jheniel Kelly (Edgewood, Md.), Annis Mars (Brooklyn, N.Y.), and Gayon Evans (Clarendon, Jamaica) winning the 4x400 meter relay.

Other notable Hawk performance included senior Shawnata Young (Temple Hills, Md.) winning the shot-put.

On April 24-26, the track team heads to Philadelphia, Pa. to compete in the Penn Relays. Meet times will be released at a later date.

GENERAL

UMES Athletics

Last Friday (04/18), the City of Salisbury celebrated the accomplishments of the Lower Eastern Shore's collegiate and professional championship teams with the unveiling of Champions Way on the corner of West main and North Division streets. UMES, winners of seven National Championships, was joined by Salisbury University and Delmarva Shorebirds.

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