HAWK TALK: A WEEKLY RECAP OF UMES ATHLETICS (MARCH 24TH THROUGH 30TH)
UMES Bowling looks to bring home another NCAA Championship
UMES Bowling looks to bring home another NCAA Championship

March 31, 2014

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – This week’s Hawk Talk edition features UMES Athletes of the Week, baseball & softball reschedules weekend contests, men’s & women’s basketball receive recognition, bowling earns NCAA berth, inclement weather setbacks golf, volleyball coach steps down, weekly results, and more, including upgrade to athletic website.

Let’s jump right in:

BASEBALL

Last Monday (03/24), the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) baseball Mike Escanilla (Waldorf, Md.) earned his first-ever UMES Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC) Athlete of the Week award, alongside Victoria Jones (bowling), for the week ending March 25th. Escanilla batted .579 (11-of-19) with four runs, four stolen bases, two RBIs, two doubles, and a triple.

This afternoon (03/31), the baseball team host Delaware State University (DSU) at Hawk Stadium as today’s doubleheader was originally scheduled to be played yesterday, March 30th. First-pitch is slated for 1:00 p.m. (EST).

MEN’S BASKETBALL

According to Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU) Digest, the men’s basketball program ranked No.1 in graduation success rate (86%) as of the 2012-13 season.

“We are proud to see our position at the top of the graduation rates,” said UMES Director of Athletics Keith Davidson. “We have prepared our student-athletes to succeed not just in the classroom, but in life as well. These findings are a testament to the hard work put in by our student-athletes and athletic support staff.”

The Hawks finished the 2013-14 season 6-24 overall (4-12 MEAC).

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

The Lady Hawks finished tied for seventh among all HBCU institutions in graduating rate (73%), including a perfect graduate rate in the 2010-11 basketball season.

Last week, according to women’s basketball marketing (WBBmarketing), the ladies finished among the nation’s best in attendance during the women’s basketball regular-season after placing 99th-out-of-343 institutions last season.

“Our team would like to thank the UMES family for their support,” uttered UMES Women’s Basketball head coach Fred Batchelor. “Our ladies appreciated the love and encouragement throughout the season and your passion to will us to victory. This is truly a place where home-court advantage matters.”

Maryland Eastern Shore finished the season 9-21 overall (4-12 MEAC) and returns 13 players, including the team’s top two scorers, Jessica Long (Fort Washington, Md.) and Shawnee Sweeney (Chester, Va.).

BOWLING

On March 24th, UMES bowling Victoria Jones (Baltimore, Md.) was named UMES PRMC Athlete of the Week, along with Mike Escanilla (baseball) for the first-time this season after her performance at the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Championships, located in Chesapeake, Va. On March 21st, Jones recorded 1,000 pinfalls in five individual games and guided the team to their second consecutive MEAC Championship.

Last Wednesday (03/26), the Hawks were selected to their 11th consecutive National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Tournament, joining top ranked Arkansas State University and the University of Nebraska.

On April 10-12, Maryland Eastern Shore travels to Wickliffe, Ohio where they look to hoist another NCAA Championship.

GOLF

Yesterday (03/30), the golf team announced its first round of the Whiting-Turner Towson Invitational tournament rained out; thus, unplayable. The tournament continues today, but will be limited, as the event is now just a one-day, 36-hole event. Tee-time is booked for noon (EST), located at the Hogs Neck Golf Course in Easton, Md.

SOFTBALL

Due to rainy weather, today’s doubleheader between UMES and Coppin State University (CSU) was rescheduled for tomorrow (04/01).

Maryland Eastern Shore visits the Eagles at Coppin State Softball Complex, located in Baltimore, for a doubleheader. First-pitches will take place at 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. (EST), respectively. The single game in the series will be played at a later date.

On Wednesday (04/02), the Lady Hawks travel to Newark, Del. to take on the University of Delaware in another doubleheader. Game-times are slated for 3:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. (EST), respectively.

MEN’S TENNIS

On March 21st, the men’s tennis team suffered a setback as they lost at Howard University, 9-0. Junior Wayne Heath (Pungoteague, Va.) paced the Hawks in their first match, but came up short.

On March 28th, the Hawks fell on the road to Virginia Wesleyan College, 9-0. Heath earned three game victories in his matchup with Coppin State while sophomore Mohin Uddin (Forestville, Md.) and senior Wirlen Elame (Silver Spring, Md.) also picked up a victory.

This Saturday (04/05), the Hawks travel to Durham, N.C. to face the Eagles of North Carolina Central University (NCCU). Game-time is set for 10:00 a.m. (EST)

WOMEN’S TENNIS

On March 21st, the women’s tennis team lost to the Lady Bison in our nation’s capital, 8-0. Senior Reine Fowajuh (Wilmington, Del.) registered a game win while the duo of Selena Jones (Pocomoke City, Md.) and Alesandra Manolova (Sofia, Bulgaria) picked a game win as well.

Last Friday (03/28), Maryland Eastern Shore fell to Virginia Wesleyan, 9-0. Manolova and Petra Jerabkova (Prague, Czech Republic) had their finest performances of the season as both went down to the against their opponents. Jerabkova won the first set, 6-4, while Manolova took the second set, 7-5. In the third and final set, Virginia Wesleyan ended up on top, but not before facing a tough battle from their Hawk competitors.

This Wednesday (04/02), Maryland Eastern Shore host Goldey-Beacom College at Hawks Tennis Complex. Game-time is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. (EST).

MEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD

On March 22nd, the men’s track team kicked off the new season at the Navy Invitational, located in Annapolis, Md., and finished third overall with 91 points. Freshman Jared Kerr (Brampton, Ontario, Canada) placed first in the 400-meter hurdles. Other notable Hawk performances included junior Dillon Simon (Pottersville, Dominica) winning the shot-put while senior Rico Taylor (Silver Spring, Md.) placing first in the high-jump.

Last Friday (03/28) & Saturday (03/29), the men’s team was spilt into two squads as they competed in two events at two different locations. In Raleigh, Simon had two top-five finishes as he placed second in the shot-put (17.26 meters) and fifth in the discus throw (53.15 meters). At the University of Maryland Baltimore-County (UMBC) Dawg Invitational, located in Baltimore, freshman Khalil Rmidi Kinnini (Malaga, Spain) finished second-place in the 1500-meter run with a 4:01.44 time.

This weekend (04/04-04/05), the Hawks head to High Point, N.C. to compete in the Vertklasse Meeting. Times will be released at a later date.

WOMEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD

Similar to the men, the women’s team participated in the Navy Invitational and took third-place overall in the event, scoring 87 points. Junior Gayon Evans (Clarendon, Jamaica) won the 400-meter dash with a 55.46 time. Other notable Hawk performance included the team of Rachel Halmon (Waldorf, Md.), Shantol Hemley (St. Catherine’s, Jamaica), Jheniel Kelly (Edgewood, Md.) and Annis Mars (Brooklyn, N.Y.) winning relays with a 3:51.50 time.

On March 28-29, the women’s track team participated in two separate locations. In Raleigh, N.C., Evans qualified for the 100-meter dash finals by finishing first in a field of 157 athletes with a time of 11.56 seconds. In Baltimore, freshman Alexis Daley (Huntingtown, Md.) finished ninth in the shot-put with a distance of 9.29 meters.

On April 4-5, Maryland Eastern Shore travels to High Point, N.C. to participate in the Vertklasse Meeting. Times are to be announced.

VOLLEYBALL

Last Thursday (03/27), Millicent Van Norden, who just completed her first season as UMES Volleyball head coach, announced she is leaving the Hawks to return home to Louisiana to be closer to her family and coach volleyball locally.

"We thank Coach (Millicent) Van Norden for her time here," said Davidson. "We are grateful to her for coming here and working us out of a tough situation. She not only was able to field a team, but was able to field a competitive team of young ladies with high character. We are sorry to see her go but understand the importance of family and wish her well in her future endeavors."

Last season, the team finished 3-21 overall (2-10 MEAC).

GENERAL

UMESHAWKS.COM

UMES Department of Athletics announced new revisions to umeshawks.com, the official website of Hawk Athletics. A new alliance with SpotOn.it has given Hawk Fans an opportunity to follow all events via mobility.

"I am thrilled that we can offer these improvements to our site," said G. Stan Bradley, Associate Director of Athletics for External Affairs. "We always want to improve and do things better and we always want to keep our fans in touch with Hawk Athletics. Both of these new improvements do just that."

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