HAWK TALK: A WEEKLY RECAP OF UMES ATHLETICS
Senior Lenora Guion-Firmin (picture, right) helped the UMES 4x200m relay team set a school record at the Penn Relays
Senior Lenora Guion-Firmin (picture, right) helped the UMES 4x200m relay team set a school record at the Penn Relays

April 30, 2013

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – The University of Maryland Eastern Shore athletics program saw four programs in action this past week with the track teams highlighting play with solid performances at the Penn Relays. The baseball and softball teams each won two games to conclude action for the Hawks. Aside from golf, all other spring sports teams have concluded play for the year.

Let’s take a look at action from this past week:

BASEBALL

The baseball team won 2-of-4 games.

The Hawks opened the week with a 4-1 victory over George Washington. Freshman J.P. Black (Elkton, Md.) pitched a gem for UMES, going all nine innings to secure a 4-1 victory at Barcroft Park on Tuesday. Junior Jeffrey Fleetwood (Delmar, Del.) led the Hawks with a 3-for-5 day, scoring a run and driving in another.

UMES (8-38, 4-17 MEAC) and Coppin State played a pair of nail biters on Saturday, with the Hawks winning game one 3-2 and the Eagles taking the second contest 5-4. Sophomore James Smith (Florence, S.C.) earned his first collegiate win of his UMES career, going seven innings with just two runs allowed in the opener.

Sophomore Joshua James (Millsboro, Del.) finished the doubleheader with a pair of RBI on a triple and a double, going 2-for-5 with a stolen base in the game. Freshman Connor Breslin (Saylorsburg, Pa.) finished 2-for-5, scoring two runs.

On the final game at Hawks Stadium this season for Senior Day, UMES fell to Coppin State 6-2 in the Sunday rubber match. Before the game, UMES had a ceremony on the field to honor the careers of the senior class. Jesus Hernandez (Haverstraw, N.Y.), Brandon Schott (Warren, Pa.), Malik Wylie (Bronx, N.Y.) and Tre-von Johnson (East New Market, Md.) were honored on the field before their final home game at Hawks Stadium.

Freshman Mike Escanilla (Waldorf, Md.) brought home both UMES runs on Sunday, going 1-for-4. Sophomore Nick Cooper (Delmar, Del.) reached base twice on a hit and a walk, finishing 1-for-3 on the day.

WOMEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK

The women’s track and field team ran at the Penn Relays this past weekend.

The women’s sprint medley team highlighted action for the Lady Hawks with a school-record time to place fourth overall. The team consisted of freshman Whitney Jackson (Columbia, Md.), sophomore Gayon Evans (Clarendon, Jamaica), senior Lenora-Guion Firmin (La Trinite, Martinique) and senior Emilie Ducados (Paris, France).

In the field events, sophomore Geranda Williams (Waldorf, Md.) and junior Imani Cox (Plainfield, N.J.) each finished third in their respective events. Williams jumped to a 12.16m distance in the triple jump, while Cox finished with a shot of 15.23m in the shot put. 

MEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK

The men’s track and field team ran at the Penn Relays this past weekend.

The men's 4x200 team finished second in the 4x200m IC4A race. Junior Javon Spencer (Montego Bay, Jamaica), junior Ramone Waite (Kingston, Jamaica), senior Nyls Nubret (Saint Francois, Guadalupe) and junior Marcus Wallace (Winter Gardens, Fla.) finished in 1:25.13 for a silver-place finish. Sophomore Dillon Simon (Pottersville, Roseau) took ninth in the shot put with his distance of 15.70m.

The 4x200 team also placed 13th with a time of 1:25.40 and the sprint medley team placed 10th in the Sprint Medley Championships of America with a finish of 3:22.87.

For his efforts, Wallace was honored as a PRMC UMES Athlete of the Week for the week of April 28.

SOFTBALL

The UMES softball team won 2-of-5 games last week.

The team split a doubleheader at Goldey-Beacom College as they won the opener, 6-1, before falling in the nightcap, 5-1. The win for UMES in the opener snapped the Lady Hawks' seven-game losing streak.

UMES (13-31) was led on the day by senior Jasmine James (Willingboro, N.J.), who combined to go 4-for-6 with two runs, two RBI and one double. Freshman Vanessa Gomez (Belleville, N.J.) reached base for the 14th and 15th consecutive games and freshman Trenece Nash (Decatur, Ga.) clubbed three RBI.

Senior Carmen Gurrola (Arleta, Calif.) fanned seven in the complete-game win in the opener as she allowed just one-earned in seven innings. Gomez upped her Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference stolen base total to 29 with bags in each contest.

It was a little mixture of everything on Saturday at Hawk Field as the team split a MEAC doubleheader with Morgan State. UMES opened with a 6-0 loss in the opener, before winning the nightcap, 13-10. Gurrola threw 13.2 innings on the day and absorbed both losses, but fanned six strikeouts with just one walk. She was 3-for-4 in the nightcap with two runs and four RBI.

Nash clubbed her second home run of the season in UMES’ 12-8 loss on Sunday. The games proved to be the series decider against Morgan and senior day for three UMES seniors in Belen Benitez (E. Los Angeles, Calif.), James and Gurrola.

For her efforts, James was honored as a PRMC UMES Athlete of the Week for the week of Feb. 11.

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