HAWK TALK: A WEEKLY RECAP OF UMES ATHLETICS (MARCH 10TH THROUGH 16TH)
UMES Bowling has a chance to defend their 2013 USBC Collegiate National Championship
UMES Bowling has a chance to defend their 2013 USBC Collegiate National Championship

March 17, 2014

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – This week’s Hawk Talk edition features UMES Athletes of the Week, baseball picks up first wins of the season, men’s & women’s basketball news, latest bowling poll & news, indoor track top 25 finishes, weekly results, and more.

Let’s get started:

BASEBALL

Last Monday (03/10), the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) baseball team picked up their first two wins of the season as they swept Mount St. Mary’s, 5-3 and 8-4, respectively. Freshmen Jesse Stinnett (Madison Heights, Va.) and Philip Berry (Milford, Del.) combined to allow just two earned runs in over 12 innings of work while junior Joshua James (Milford, Del.) went 5-of-8 in both games.

Last Saturday (03/16), the Hawks dropped both ends of a doubleheader as they lost a pair of games at Coppin State University (CSU), 11-4, and, 6-3, respectively. Senior Byron Campbell (Waldorf, Md.) upped his hit streak to nine games as he hit safely in both while senior Stephen Bull (Waldorf, Md.) and freshman Justin Dattilo (Pittsburgh, Pa.) each scored two runs in the opener.

Yesterday (03/16), the baseball team saw four players record three hits as the Hawks picked up a 14-3 victory over Coppin State at Joe Cannon Stadium. The win was the first of the year for UMES in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). UMES was led by sophomore Connor Breslin (Saylorsburg, Pa.), who was 3-for-5 with two runs and four RBI. Campbell was 3-for-5 with four runs scored while Greg Turlik (Gaithersburg, Md.) was 3-for-5 with three RBI and two runs.

Tomorrow (03/18), the Hawks travel to Durham, N.C. to face Duke University, first-pitch set for 1:00 p.m. (EST) before heading to Greensboro, N.C. the next day (03/19) to take on the University of North Carolina-Greensboro (UNC-G).

MEN’S BASKETBALL

On March 10th, men’s basketball Troy Snyder (Chicago, Ill.) was named UMES Peninsula Regional Medical Center (PRMC) Athlete of the Week, along with Gayon Evans (Indoor Track), for the third consecutive week after his performances against Norfolk State University (NSU) and Delaware State University (DSU). Snyder averaged 25.0 points-per-game (PPG) and 9.0 rebounds-per-game (RPG) in the two contests.

On the same day (03/10), Snyder and Hakeem Baxter (Philadelphia, Pa.) collected MEAC honors as Snyder was named to the All-MEAC Third Team while Baxter was placed on the All-MEAC Rookie Team.

Later that night (03/10), the Hawks put forth a valiant effort in the MEAC Tournament opening round, but fell short, 78-74, to the No. 4 seed, Norfolk State, inside the Norfolk Scope Arena. Baxter had a team-high 21 points while freshmen Devon Walker (Philadelphia, Pa.) and Mark Blackmon (Charlotte, N.C.) combined for 29 points in the loss.

Two days later (03/12), UMES announced they will not renew the contract of men’s basketball head coach Frankie Allen as he guided the team to a 42-139 record in six seasons.

"We thank Coach Allen for the time he dedicated to UMES," said UMES Director of Athletics Keith Davidson. "We appreciate his service and wish him well in his future endeavors."

The Hawks wrapped up their 2013-14 campaign with a 6-24 overall record (4-12 MEAC).

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Last Monday (03/10), the women’s basketball team came into the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Tournament as the No. 11 seed and pulled off the big upset on the women’s side as they knocked off NSU, 70-66, at the Norfolk Scope Arena. Junior guard Shawnee Sweeney (Chester, Va.) had a team-high 18 points while TeAmber Burke (Washington, N.C.) notched 17 points and a team-high four assists in the victory.

On March 13th, Maryland Eastern Shore’s season came to a close as they lost to CSU, 80-62, in the MEAC Quarterfinals. Burke and Chalyse Taylor (Louisville, Ky.) guided UMES as they combined for 26 points.

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

BOWLING

In the latest International Bowling Media Association (IBMA) poll, UMES dropped from 14th to 15th with 68 points. Wichita State received seven first-place votes, tallying 412 points, whereas Robert Morris (Ill.) notched one first-place vote.

Last Friday (03/14), juniors Tatiana Munoz (Ibague Tolima, Colombia) and Mariana Alvarado (Leon, Mexico) qualified third and fourth, respectively, in the Allentown, Pa. sectional to earn a berth in the championship field at the 2014 XBowling Intercollegiate Singles Championship (ISC), located in Reno, Nev. Munoz averaged a 211.83 while Alvarado produced a 208.83 on the day.

The next day (03/15), the women's bowling team placed themselves in qualifying position for the 2014 XBowling Intercollegiate Team Championships (ITC) after finishing third at the ITC Sectional in Allentown, Pa.

On Sunday (03/16), the Hawks held on to third place and earned a spot in the ITC field. Maryland Eastern Shore has a chance to defend their 2013 United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Collegiate National Championship. Sara Pelayo (Distrito Federal, Mexico) was a big part of the UMES qualifying last weekend in her first USBC sectional.

This weekend (03/21-03-23), Maryland Eastern Shore heads to Chesapeake, Va. to compete in the MEAC Championship. The start time for each day is 9:00 a.m. (EST)

MEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD

This past season, junior Dillon Simon (Pottersville, Dominica) set a new record in the shot-put, posting an 18.81 meters distance at the Columbia Invitational last February. In his efforts, he ranked 27th in the NCAA among shot-put hurlers.

There were other track athletes who did not break any records but had excellent seasonal performances, such as freshman Jared Kerr (Brampton, Ontario, Canada). Kerr competed in the long jump and triple jump for the Hawks, posting seven wins, six coming in the long jump. His best distance in the long jump, 7.44 meters at the Coach O Invitational last December, ranks 47th in the NCAA.

The team wrapped up their season in Boston at the IC4A/ECAC Championship back on March 7-9.

WOMEN’S INDOOR TRACK & FIELD

Last Monday (03/10), women’s track Gayon Evans (Clarendon, Jamaica) won UMES PRMC Athlete of the Week, alongside Troy Snyder (men’s basketball), for the third time this season after her performance at the IC4A/ECAC Championship in Boston. She set two new school records and an ECAC record in the 4x800 relay and 200 meter dash.

The team wrapped up their season in Boston at the IC4A/ECAC Championship back on March 7-9.

SOFTBALL

Last Wednesday (03/12), the softball team was swept in their doubleheader match-up against the University of Rhode Island (URI) at Lady Hawks Field, 5-1 and 6-1, respectively. In the first game, Morgan King (Danville, Ill.) registered two hits, including a double, whereas Chelsea Alston (Matawan, N.J.) recorded the lone RBI in the contest for Maryland Eastern Shore. In the second contest, Vanessa Gomez (Belleville, N.J.) went a perfect 3-of-3 from the plate, including a double, while Trenece Nash (Decatur, Ga.) notched a RBI in the loss.

Last Saturday (03/15), the Lady Hawks dropped contests to North Carolina Central University (NCCU) at Parkwood Athletic Field, 10-2 and 8-6, respectively. King and freshman Allison Anderson (Colorado Springs, Colo.) each recorded a RBI in game one while Gomez notched three RBIs, including a two-run blast, in game two.

The next day (03/16), Maryland Eastern Shore lost to NCCU, 4-3, and was swept in a three-game season-series by the Lady Eagles. Sophomore Emily Diseroad (Manchester Valley, Md.) led the Hawk attack after going 2-of-4 with two RBIs whereas Alexis Hudson (Laurel, Del.) also added two hits in the loss.

On Wednesday (03/19), the Lady Hawks travels to Savannah, Ga. to face the Tigers of Savannah State University (SSU) in a doubleheader. Game-times are scheduled for 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. (EST), respectively.

For complete recaps, results and news of Hawk athletics, please visit www.umeshawks.com.