HAWK TALK: A WEEKLY RECAP OF UMES ATHLETICS (FEBRUARY 24TH THROUGH MARCH 2ND)
UMES Bowling clinches sixth MEAC Northern Division title this past weekend
UMES Bowling clinches sixth MEAC Northern Division title this past weekend

March 3, 2014

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – This week’s Hawk Talk edition features UMES Athletes of the Week, baseball alum named head coach, women’s basketball earns MEAC honors, bowling clinches MEAC title, cheerleaders kicking off MEAC Tournament, women’s tennis opens 2014 campaign, weekly results, and more, including MEAC Tournament information.

Let’s get right into it:

BASEBALL

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) baseball alum Greg Cathell (Delmar, Del.) accepted a position as the new women’s soccer head coach at Sage College (N.Y.). Cathell played four seasons at UMES as an outfielder and first baseman. In 2003, Cathell was named to the All-MEAC Second Team as a freshman.

Last Wednesday (02/26), the baseball team cancelled their scheduled home contest versus Georgetown University due to inclement weather. Maryland Eastern Shore has yet to announce a rescheduled date and/or time.

This past weekend (02/28-03/02), the Hawks competed in the Virginia Military Institute Tournament, located in Lexington, Va., where they went 0-3 in the three-day tournament.

Last Friday (02/28), Maryland Eastern Shore opened up the tournament with a loss to the University of Buffalo, 11-1, at Gray Minor Stadium. Bernard Parker (Waldorf, Md.) threw three innings of solid relief for UMES against Buffalo while sophomore Connor Breslin (Saylorsburg, Pa.) led the Hawks with a 2-for-4 performance at the plate.

The next day (03/01), the Hawks were held to two hits in a 17-0 loss to Virginia Military Institute (VMI). Junior Michael Epps (Pottstown, Pa.) threw a scoreless eighth and freshman Kameron Raison (Newark, Del.) finished the game off for the Hawks in the ninth.

On the final day (03/02), UMES put together a valiant effort against Buffalo, but their work came up just short as the Hawks fell to Buffalo, 5-3, in 10 innings. Byron Campbell (Waldorf, Md.) led the Hawks with a 2-for-5 performance while Greg Turlik (Gaithersburg, Md.) had two hits and one RBI.

The next two days (03/04-03/05), UMES heads to Emmitsburg, Md. where they will face Mount St. Mary’s University for a two-game series. First-pitch for both games is 3:00 p.m. (EST)

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Last Monday (02/24), UMES men’s basketball Troy Snyder (Chicago, Ill.) won his second UMES Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC) Athlete of the Week award this season, along with Morgan King (softball), for his performances versus Morgan State University (MSU), New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and Delaware State University (DSU). Snyder averaged just below 22 points (21.7) in the three-game span.

Later that day (02/24), Maryland Eastern Shore fell to Hampton University, 104-89, inside the William P. Hytche Athletic Center. Snyder notched a double-double while Devon Walker (Philadelphia, Pa.), Ishaq Pitt (Brooklyn, N.Y.), and Hakeem Baxter (Philadelphia, Pa.) combining for 48 points in a losing effort.

This past Saturday (03/01), Snyder made a pair of free-throws with 0.3 seconds left to give UMES a one-point victory, 68-67, at Coppin State to end the nation's longest road losing streak. Snyder posted his fourth double-double in the past six meetings while Baxter and KyRee Jones (Indianapolis, Ind.) combined for 23 points in the victory.

Later today (03/03), the Hawks travel to Norfolk, Va. to take on Norfolk State University. Game-time is set for 5:00 p.m. (EST)

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

On Feb. 24th, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) announced its women’s basketball weekly honors and freshman guard Mariah McCoy (Rock Hill, S.C.) took home MEAC  Rookie of the Week for the first time this season. The Rock Hill, S.C.-native totaled 24 points, eight rebounds, and five assists in games against Morgan State and Delaware State.

On the same day (02/24), the women’s basketball team ran into the top team in the MEAC, Hampton, and lost to the final score, 90-62. Despite the setback, the Lady Hawks outrebounded Hampton, 61-47, led by Ashleigh Claybrooks (Manassas, Va.) posting her eighth double-double of the season while junior guard Jessica Long (Fort Washington, Md.) had a team-high 19 points and five boards in the loss.

Last Saturday (03/01), the Lady Hawks were unable to even the score against Coppin State University (CSU) as they fell to the Eagles, 80-48, inside the Physical Education Complex. Ten Lady Hawks scored in the contest, led by Long and McCoy each registering eight points in the loss.

This afternoon (03/03), UMES faces the Spartans of Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Va. Tip-off is booked for 3:00 p.m. (EST)

BOWLING

Last week, the women's bowling team remained in second place in the latest National Tenpins Coaches Association (NTCA) media poll after garnering191 points and tied for second place with Nebraska. Arkansas State remains in the top spot with a 74-22 overall record, including a 15-1 outing at the Katz Klash, an event UMES pulled out due to inclement weather.

This past weekend (02/28-03/02), UMES clinched their sixth MEAC Northern Division title after posted a 9-1 mark to finish their conference regular season at 28-2. Senior Megan Buja (Rockford, Ill.) dominated for the Hawks, tossing five games for a 219.2 average as she tallied a 1,096 pinfall with a 237 high game in the Coppin State win. Junior Victoria Jones (Baltimore, Md.) knocked down 1,085 pins in five games, including a 257 in the win against Delaware State.

Later this month (03/07-03/09), they will enter the MEAC Championship field as the No. 1 overall team in Chesapeake, Va., bowling for their seventh conference title.

At the meantime, this weekend (03/07-03/09), UMES heads to Smyrna, Tenn. where they will compete in the Music City Classic. Click Here for times.

CHEERLEADING

On March 9th, the UMES cheerleaders will perform at the Annual Cheerleading Championships, one day before the MEAC basketball tournament begins in Norfolk, Virginia. The event will take place at Echols Hall on the campus of Norfolk State University and set for 5:30 p.m. (EST) The event will be streamed live on www.MEACsports.com.

Fans can purchase tickets at the NSU Ticket Center, Monday-Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Tickets can also be purchased at (737) 823-9009 or online at www.nsuspartanstickets.universitytickets.com. Tickets are $8 for adults or $5 for children 12 and under.

SOFTBALL

Last Monday (02/24), UMES softball Morgan King (Danville, Ill.) won his first UMES PMRC Athlete of the Week honor this season, alongside Troy Snyder (men’s basketball), for her performance at the North Carolina A&T Tournament. King went 7-13 from the plate, including two homers, and guided the team to their first two victories of the season against Rider University.

Last weekend (02/28-03/02), Maryland Eastern Shore could not secure a victory at the Coastal Carolina Invitational as they went 0-5 overall.

On the opening day of the tournament, the Lady Hawks went winless as they fell short to Marshall University, 5-4, and Coastal Carolina University, 11-2. Trenece Nash (Decatur, Ga.) recorded two hits each versus Marshall and Coastal Carolina.

The next day (03/01), the softball team was unable to secure a victory as they fell to Samford University, 17-1, and Saint Peter’s University, 6-5. Chelsea Alston (Matawan, N.J.) and Vanessa Gomez (Belleville, N.J.) were the only two Lady Hawks to record hits in both contests.

On the final day (03/02), UMES was shutout by the host team, CCU, 9-0. Emily Diseroad (Manchester Valley, Md.) and Cherokee Williams (Upper Marlboro, Md.) were the lone UMES players to record a hit in the game.

Later that evening (03/02), Nash was named to the 2014 Coastal Carolina Invitational All-Tournament Team as she finished the tournament hitting .500 (5-of-10), including two doubles, two RBIs, two runs, two walks, and a homer against Saint Peter’s University.

This Friday (03/07), Maryland Eastern Shore heads to Catonsville, Md. to face the Retrievers of Maryland Baltimore-County (UMBC) in a doubleheader. Game-times are set for 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. (EST), respectively.

Two days later (03/09), UMES opens their home opener against UMBC at Hawks Field, located in Princess Anne, Md. for another doubleheader. First-pitches are scheduled for noon and 2:30 p.m. (EST), respectively.

MEN’S TENNIS

Yesterday (03/02), the men’s tennis team opened its first home match of the 2014 season against Temple University and saw sophomore Mohin Uddin (Forestville, Md.) take a game from Temple’s Santiago Canete in the first set. Uddin was not able to repeat the feat, as he and his fellow Hawks were defeated by Temple 7-0.

On Wednesday (03/05), the men’s team is still scheduled to play Stevenson University in Princess Anne despite the current weather forecast. Please follow www.umeshawks.com for any changes in the upcoming schedule.

WOMEN’S TENNIS

On Feb. 23rd, the women’s tennis team was swept by Towson University and fell to 0-1 on the season. Petra Jerabkova (Prague, Czech Republic) was a late add-on to fill a void in the roster, but was defeated, 6-0. Reine Fowajuh (Wilmington, Del.), Jasmine Jennings (Halifax, Va.), and Selena Jones (Pocomoke City, Md.) each were defeated in straight sets as well.

Last Friday (03/01), the women’s tennis team made some improvements in their second matchup of the year, but it was not enough as the Hornets defeated the Hawks in two matches at the Marshall Tennis Courts in Lewes, Delaware. The Lady Hawks did pick up a game victory in the No. 1 doubles competition before the team of Fowajuh and Jennings were defeated in the set, 8-1.

This Wednesday (03/05), the Lady Hawks return to action as they face Stevenson University in Princess Anne, Md.

GENERAL

MEAC TOURNAMENT

The MEAC basketball season is drawing to a close and the conference tournament is just over a week away. If fans haven't already made plans to attend the tournament then now is the time and tickets are now on sale for the 2014 MEAC Tournament, scheduled for March 10-15 at the Norfolk Scope Arena in Norfolk, Va.

Hawk fans and friends, or any fans of MEAC Basketball, can now purchase tickets to the event through the UMES Department Of Athletics. Tickets can be purchased online through www.umestickets.com where fans can select their seats or by calling 410-651-8150 and speaking with a representative to see what is available. Methods of payments include cash, credit cards, and checks.

For more information, please Click Here.

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