HAWK TALK: A WEEKLY RECAP OF UMES ATHLETICS (FEBRUARY 3RD THROUGH 9TH)
Dillon Simon (pictured) and the men's & women's track team will compete in the MEAC Indoor Championship in Landover, Maryland
Dillon Simon (pictured) and the men's & women's track team will compete in the MEAC Indoor Championship in Landover, Maryland

Feb. 10, 2014

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – This week’s Hawk Talk edition features UMES Athletes of the Week, baseball receives preseason honors, softball opens season, bowling & track earns another MEAC honor, weekly results, and more.

Let’s get started:

BASEBALL

Last Friday (02/07), the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) baseball  team Stephen Bull (Millsboro, Del.) and Mike Escanilla (Waldorf. Md) were named 2013-14 College Sports Madness Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Preseason All-Conference Second Team. In 2013, Escanilla started all 53 games for UMES while Bull batted over .300 a season ago.

This weekend (02/14-02/16), the Hawks open their 2014 campaign in Tampa, Fla. where they will face South Florida.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Last Monday (02/03), men’s basketball Hakeem Baxter (Philadelphia, Pa.) received his fifth UMES Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC) Athlete of the Week award, along with Mariah McCoy (women’s basketball), for his performances against North Carolina A&T (NCAT). Baxter recorded 26 points, two assists, and a rebound in the Hawks’ first MEAC victory on the season.

On the same day (02/03), Baxter won two Player of the Week honors from College Sports Madness and MEAC for his performance versus NCAT.

Later that day (02/03), the Hawks fell to North Carolina Central University (NCCU), 66-62, inside the William P. Hytche Athletic Center. Baxter scored a game-high 17 points while Ishaq Pitt (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Troy Snyder (Chicago, Ill.) combined for 20 points in a losing effort.

On Feb. 8th, Maryland Eastern Shore fell to Coppin State, 58-50, despite Snyder recording a game-high 15 points and nine rebounds. KyRee Jones (Indianapolis, Ind.) scored 12 points while Pitt had seven boards and Francis Ezeiru (Enugu, Nigeria) blocked two shots and had five boards in 22 minutes.

Later today (02/10), the Hawks head down to Hampton, Va. to face Hampton University. Game-time is slated for 8:00 p.m. (EST)

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

On Feb. 3rd, UMES women’s basketball Mariah McCoy (Rock Hill, S.C.) earned her first UMES PRMC Athlete of the Week honor, alongside Hakeem Baxter (men’s basketball), for her performances versus New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and NCAT. McCoy combined for 33 points, including a career-high 27 points against NJIT, while grabbing 14 total rebounds.

On the same day (02/03), the Lady Hawks picked up their first conference win of the season as they knocked off NCCU, 72-57. Sophomore forward Ashleigh Claybrooks (Manassas, Va.) provided the low-post presence for the Lady Hawks as she ended her night with 16 points and 10 boards while sophomore forward/center Alexis Udoji (Randolph, Mass.) filled the stat sheet, recording 11 points, seven rebounds, and a career-high seven assists. Other notable Hawk performances included Jessica Long (Fort Washington, N.C.) registering 14 points and five dimes whereas Taryana Kelly (North Brunswick, N.J.) and Shawnee Sweeney (Chester, Va.) combined for 17 points and 10 boards in the victory.

Last Saturday (02/08), Maryland Eastern Shore was unable to slow down a hot shooting Coppin State University (CSU) team as they lost, 80-64. Claybrooks registered her sixth-career double-double, 12 points and 11 rebounds, to pace the Hawk attack whereas McCoy added 10 points. Other notable Hawk performances included Long and TeAmber Burke (Washington, N.C.) combining for 23 points and eight boards in the loss.

This evening (02/10), the Lady Hawks take on the Lady Pirates of Hampton University. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. (EST)

BOWLING

Last Tuesday (02/04), Maryland Eastern Shore bowling Sara Pelayo (Distrito Federal, Mexico) was named MEAC Bowling Athlete of the Week for the second time this season after her performance at the Prairie View Invitational, located in Arlington, Texas. Pelayo led all Hawk bowlers, averaging 200.4, including a high-game 226 versus Texas Southern University. She finished tied for eighth overall.

This weekend (02/14-02/16), the Hawks return to action as they head to Houston, Texas to compete in the Kat Klash.

MEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD

Last Thursday (02/06), men’s track & field Dillon Simon (Pottersville, Dominica) was named MEAC Field Player of the Week for his performance at the Columbia Meet in New York City. Simon broke Kimani Korton’s seven-year-old mark in shot-put, throwing 18.81 meters.

This weekend (02/13-02/15), the track team heads to Landover, Md. to compete in the MEAC Indoor Championship. Meet times will be released at a later date.

SOFTBALL

This past weekend (0207-02/09), the softball team competed in the Charleston Southern Tournament, but were unable to secured a victory during the three-day tournament.

On day one (02/07), the Lady Hawks fell to the Buccaneers, 5-1, to open the tournament. Later on, the Lady Hawks were held scoreless as they lost to UNC-Wilmington (UNCW), 7-0. Morgan King (Danville, Ill.) went a combined 5-for-6 in both games, including a perfect 3-for-3 versus Charleston Southern.

On day two (02/08), the softball team fell to Charleston Southern University (CSU), 7-1. Emily Diseroad (Manchester Valley, Md.) recorded her first multi-hit game of the season while King and Trenece Nash (Decatur, Ga.) each registered a hit in the loss.

On the final day (02/09), Maryland Eastern Shore ran into a hot Elon University team as they dropped contests, 9-0 & 11-0, respectively. Nash, Allison Anderson (Colorado Springs, Colo.), and Carmen Frazier (Montgomery Village, Md.) each registered a hit in the first game, but Nash was the lone Lady Hawk to get a hit in the second game.

In less than two weeks, the Lady Hawks return to the field as they will compete in the North Carolina A&T Tournament, located in Greensboro, N.C. Please check www.umeshawks.com for times and opponents.

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