HAWK TALK: A WEEKLY RECAP OF UMES ATHLETICS (FEBRUARY 17TH THROUGH 23RD)
UMES Bowling receives postseason bid from United States Bowling Congress (USBC)
UMES Bowling receives postseason bid from United States Bowling Congress (USBC)

Feb. 24, 2014

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – This week’s Hawk Talk edition features UMES Athletes of the Week, baseball season opener, bowling receives postseason berth, weekly results, and more.

Why are we waiting? Let’s get right into it:

BASEBALL

Last Wednesday (02/19), despite holding a 2-0 lead in the seventh inning, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) bullpen could not close the deal, as the Hawks dropped a 3-2 decision to George Washington at Barcroft Park. Sophomore J.P. Black (Elkton, Md.) was fantastic on the hill for UMES in the contest as he received the opening day start and went 4.2 innings with two hits allowed. Senior Byron Campbell (Waldorf, Md.) was 2-for-4 with one run while junior Greg Turlik (Gaithersburg, Md.) had a double and two hits.

This past weekend (02/21-02/23), the baseball team opened a four-game series at Georgia Southern University (GSU), located in Statesboro, Ga. On Feb. 21st, the Hawks fell to the Eagles, 23-0. The Hawks had two players hit safely in the game as sophomore third baseman Connor Breslin (Saylorsburg, Pa.) was 2-for-2 with a walk, while senior Nick Cooper (Delmar, Del.) came off the bench to record one hit.

The next day (02/22), the Hawks were swept in a doubleheader as they fell, 9-3, in game one, before dropping a 10-1 decision to the Eagles in the nightcap. Justin Dattilo (Pittsburgh, Pa.) led the Hawks in the first game with a 1-for-4 performance with two RBI, while Campbell had one RBI and senior Jeffrey Fleetwood (Delmar, Del.) had one hit. Philip Berry (Milford, Del.) was tagged with the loss in game two after allowing seven runs (five earned) in five innings. Freshman Kameron Raison (Newark, Del.) threw a scoreless eighth in his collegiate debut.

This Wednesday (02/26), UMES returns home to face Georgetown University at Hawks Field. First-pitch is slated for 2:00 p.m. (EST)

MEN’S BASKETBALL

On Feb. 17th, the men’s basketball team was no match for Morgan State in the paint as the Hawks were defeated by the Bears, 88-72, at the William P. Hytche Athletic Center. Freshman Devon Walker (Philadelphia, Pa.) recorded a career-high 22 points while seniors Troy Snyder (Chicago, Ill.) and Louis Bell (Washington, D.C.) had 21 and 12 points, respectively.

Two days later (02/19), the Hawks committed a costly foul with six seconds left and the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) made both free-throws as the Hawks fell, 77-76. Snyder was UMES’ top performer with 24 points and 14 rebounds in a game-high 37 minutes while Walker had 21 points. Bell had a team-high five assists while Isaac Smith (Chicago, Ill.) had 11 points, three assists, and two three off the bench.

On Feb. 22nd, Snyder scored 20 points to notch his fourth consecutive game with at least 20 points, but his performance was not enough, as the men’s basketball team fell on the road to Delaware State, 84-71. Freshman Hakeem Baxter (Philadelphia, Pa.) had eight points, three assists and three blocks, while Walker had eight points and a career-high five assists in 37 minutes.

Later tonight (02/24), UMES host Hampton University inside the Hytche Athletic Center. Game-time is booked for 7:30 p.m. (EST)

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Last Monday (02/17), the women’s basketball team put on an offensive clinic as they overpowered the Lady Bears of Morgan State University, 91-46, to pick-up back-to-back wins for the first time since November 2013. Maryland Eastern Shore shot a scorching 58-percent from the floor while six Lady Hawks reached double-digit points, including career-highs from Taylor Thompson (Chapel Hill, N.C.), Breonna Evans (Melfa, Va.), and Taryana Kelly (North Brunswick, N.J.). Thompson notched 13 points while Evans and Kelly each scored 10 points in the victory.

Last Saturday (02/22), the Lady Hawks came up short as they fell to the Lady Hornets of Delaware State University (DSU), 79-68, inside Memorial Hall Gymnasium. Ashleigh Claybrooks (Manassas, Va.) controlled the paint as she recorded her seventh career double-double, 14 points and 15 boards, while Kelly added 10 points and seven rebounds in the loss.

This evening (02/24), the Lady Hawks take on the top team in the conference, Hampton University, inside the W.P. Hytche Athletic Center. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m. (EST)

BOWLING

The bowling team earned their first official post-season berth last week when the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) announced the qualifying assignments for the 2014 XBowling Intercollegiate Team Championships (ITC). The Hawks will travel to Allentown, Pa. March 15-16 and bowl at AMF Parkway Lanes. Other locations include Fort Worth, Texas, Addison, Ill., and Smyrna, Tenn.

UMES is off until March when they travel to the third and final Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Northern Division match-up in Baltimore, Md.

MEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD

Last Monday (02/17), men’s track Dillon Simon (Pottersville, Dominica) won his fifth UMES Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC) Athlete of the Week honor after his performance at the MEAC Indoor Track Championship, located in Landover, Md. Simon set a new MEAC record in the shot-put, posting a 18.35 meter distance.

Next month (03/02), the team will travel to Boston to compete in the Boston Fast Track. Meet times will be released at a later date.

WOMEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD

On Feb. 17th, women’s track Gayon Evans (Clarendon, Jamaica) received her second UMES PRMC Athlete of the Week award, alongside Dillon Simon (men’s track), for her performance in the MEAC Indoor Track Championship. Evans won the preliminary and final rounds of the 60-meter dash.

On March 2nd, the Lady Hawks head north to participate in the Boston Fast Track. Meet times will be announced later.

SOFTBALL

Last weekend (02/21-02/23), the softball team competed in the North Carolina A&T Tournament, located in Greensboro, N.C. and hosted by conference rival North Carolina A&T (NCAT). On day one (02/21), the team defeated the Broncs of Rider University, 15-6, to pick-up their first win of the 2014 campaign. Morgan King (Danville, Ill.) set the tone for UMES as she went 2-for-3 with a game-high seven RBIs while Trenece Nash (Decatur, Ga.) contributed by going 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two homers.

The next day (02/22), the Lady Hawks were unable to pick-up back-to-back wins as they fell to NCAT, 9-1. Emily Diseroad (Manchester Valley, Md.) was the lone Hawk to record multiple hits in the game, going 2-of-3. Carmen Frazier (Montgomery Village, Md.) drove in the only RBI for the Lady Hawks.

On the final day of the tournament (02/23), Maryland Eastern Shore spilt the two games as they fell to conference rival, Morgan State University (MSU), 12-9, but defeated Rider University, 3-0. In the first contest, the Lady Hawks scored nine runs on 11 hits, led by King going 3-of-4 with a game-high four RBIs while Diseroad recorded her third multi-hit game of the season. In the second game, Kaitlyn Hitch (Delmar, Del.) threw a gem as she picked up her first collegiate victory as she pitched a complete game, allowing no runs, six hits, and three strikeouts in the win.

This weekend (02/28-03/02), the Lady Hawks head to Conway, S.C. to participate in the Coastal Carolina Invitational. Please check www.umeshawks.com for times and opponents.

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