HAWK TALK: A WEEKLY RECAP OF UMES ATHLETICS (MARCH 17TH THROUGH 23RD)
UMES Bowling wins 2014 MEAC Championship
UMES Bowling wins 2014 MEAC Championship

March 24, 2014

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – This week’s Hawk Talk edition features UMES Athletes of the Week, baseball & softball pick up first conference wins, bowling wins MEAC Championship, weekly results, and more.

Another busy week, let’s get you caught up:

BASEBALL

Last Monday (03/17), the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) baseball freshman Justin Dattilo (Pittsburgh, Pa.) earned his first-ever UMES Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC) Athlete of the Week honor, along with TeAmber Burke (women’s basketball) after his performances versus Mount St. Mary’s University (MSM) and Coppin State University (CSU). Dattilo provided a consistent presence in the cleanup spot while catching all five games for the Hawks as he hit .562 during the span.

On March 18th, the baseball team was unable to keep up its hot play as the Hawks fell to Duke University, 15-7. Mike Escanilla (Waldorf, Md.) had a team-high three hits, including a triple, while Greg Turlik (Gaithersburg, Md.) was 2-for-3 with two RBIs.

The next day (03/19), the Hawks held an early lead against UNC Greensboro (UNC-G), but they could not hold on; falling to the Spartans, 16-5. Escanilla posted three hits for the second time in the past three games but the Hawks could not register double-digit hits for the second consecutive game.

On Thursday (03/20), the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) released its weekly honors and Dattilo was named MEAC Rookie of the Week for the period of March 10-16. The honor was the first for UMES and Dattilo this season.

On the same day (03/20), the Hawks announced its scheduled home doubleheader against NSU moved to a road series at the Spartans due to the unplayable playing conditions at Hawk Stadium.

Last Saturday (03/22), the baseball team received two fantastic starting efforts from a pair of freshman pitchers as they split two games with Norfolk State. Freshman right-handed pitcher Jesse Stinnett (Madison Heights, Va.) hurled the best game of his young collegiate career in a 9-3 victory in the opener, before Philip Berry (Milford, Del.) allowed just one earned run in a 3-1 loss in the nightcap.

The next day (03/23), Maryland Eastern Shore dropped a 7-6 decision to Norfolk State in the series’ rubber match despite outhitting NSU, 13-7. UMES was led by Escanilla, who was 3-for-4 with one RBI, while sophomore Connor Breslin (Saylorsburg, Pa.) and junior Joshua James (Milford, Del.) each had two hits.

This Wednesday (03/26), Maryland Eastern Shore travels to Towson, Md. to face Towson University in a single nine-inning game. First-pitch is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. (EST)

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

On March 17th, UMES women’s basketball sophomore TeAmber Burke (Washington, N.C.) was awarded UMES PRMC Athletes of the Week for the first time this season, alongside Justin Dattilo (baseball), after her showing at the MEAC Tournament, located in Norfolk, Va. Burke finished her sophomore campaign in style as she guided the team to an opening round upset against NSU. Burke finished with 17 points and five rebounds, while also leading the team in assists (4) and steals (2). In Thursday’s season finale versus Coppin State University (CSU), Burke led the team in points (14) and steals (2) while grabbing seven rebounds in the loss.

The Lady Hawks finished their 2013-14 season 9-21 overall (4-12 MEAC).

BOWLING

Earlier this week, the MEAC recognized four UMES student-athletes on their academic success: Mariana Alvarado (Leon, Mexico), Megan Buja (Rockford, Ill.), Victoria Jones (Baltimore, Md.), and Tatiana Munoz (Ibague Tolima, Columbia).

Last Wednesday (03/20), Jones was named MEAC Bowling Athlete of the Week for matches played March 3-9. At the last regular-season tournament, Jones took Most Valuable Player (MVP) honors, the first of her career, and shot a career-high 267 in a win over Tulane at the Music City Classic in Nashville, Tenn. Also, Munoz was named MEAC Bowling Athlete of the Week for matched played March 14-16. At the first post-season event for the Hawks, Munoz qualified to compete in the Intercollegiate Singles Championships, taking third overall to earn a spot.

On the same day (03/20), the bowling team remained in third place in the latest National Tenpins Coaches Association (NTCA) coaches' poll as the Hawks garnered 643 points to stand in third place behind second-place Nebraska, who earned 679 points.

On March 21st, the MEAC announced its All-Conference teams and Alvarado, Buja, and Jones were all named All-MEAC First Team selections while freshman Sara Pelayo (Distrito Federal, Mexico) was named MEAC Rookie of the Year.

This past weekend (03/21-03/23), the Lady Hawks captured their seventh MEAC Bowling Title after defeating Florida A&M University (FAMU), 4-3.

On day one (03/21), the team showed their tournament mettle, earning the No. 1overall seed after five traditional team games and going 5-0 while tallying 4,834 pins at the 2014 MEAC Championship, held at AMF Lanes in Chesapeake, Va. Justyne Falbo (Greensburg, Pa.) was third overall in average on the day.

On the second day (03/22), the Hawks went 3-0 and earning a spot in the MEAC Championship match. Munoz saved the day in the fourth game against North Carolina A&T State University (NCAT), starting a turkey.

On the final day (03/23), Maryland Eastern Shore won their second-straight MEAC Championship over the Rattlers, 4-3. The two teams bowled for over six hours, tallying 14 games before the Hawks soared away in the seventh and final game to win the title.

This Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. (03/26), the Hawks await the NCAA Selection Show to see if they have secured a berth in the NCAA Tournament. A nod will be UMES' 11th straight selection in all 11 years of the event.

SOFTBALL

On March 19th, the softball team dropped both contests to the Lady Tigers of Savannah State University (SSU), 11-0 and 10-5, respectively. Freshman Ciara Schnyder (Arcadia, Calif.) was the lone UMES player to earn a hit in Game One while junior Morgan King (Danville, Ill.) anchored the Hawk attack in the second game as she posted two hits (2-of-4), including a double.

The next day (03/20), the Lady Hawks wrapped up their six-day road trip in Orangeburg, S.C. where they lost both games to the Lady Bulldogs of South Carolina State University (SCSU), 9-1 and 8-0, respectively. Sophomore Vanessa Gomez (Belleville, N.J.) earned the lone RBI in the Game One loss whereas fellow sophomores Emily Diseroad (Manchester Valley, Md.), Abria Tinsley (Sewell, N.J.), and Rachel Vander Ven (Dover, Del.) each registered a hit in the Game Two setback.

On the same day (03/20), Gomez won MEAC Player of the Week honors after batting .389 (7-for-18) in games against the University of Rhode Island (URI) and North Carolina Central University (NCCU).

Last Saturday (03/22), Maryland Eastern Shore returned to Lady Hawks Field and won both conference home openers against the Lady Bison of Howard University, 6-3 and 7-2, respectively. Schnyder went 2-of-3, including two doubles, in Game One while freshman Kelly Cullen (Fruitland, Md.) picked up her third win on the season in Game Two.

The following day (03/23), the softball team wrapped-up the weekend with a season-series sweep over Howard after taking the third game, 9-4. King (Danville, Ill.) had an outstanding performance as she went a perfect 4-of-4 from the plate while sophomore Trenece Nash (Decatur, Ga.) posted two RBIs in the win.

This weekend (03/29-03/30), the Lady Hawks head to Baltimore to face CSU in a three-game series. Saturday’s game-times are booked for 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. (EST), respectively; while Sunday’s single seven-inning game is set for noon (EST).

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