HAWK TALK: A WEEKLY RECAP OF HAWK ATHLETICS
Matt Witte earned his first win of the season, allowing just two runs in a complete game against Coppin State.

Matt Witte earned his first win of the season, allowing just two runs in a complete game against Coppin State.

March 28, 2011

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. -- As the student body went for Spring Break, the athletic season continued in full force as UMES teams competed over the weekend. Baseball began MEAC play, the softball team took a long road trip and the outdoor track team competed in the Towson Invitational.

BASEBALL
The Hawks turned a rough start into a solid week after falling in a road doubleheader to Campbell 25-13 and 19-12 (7), winning their first two conference games over Coppin State 16-6 (8) and 6-2 (7) at home. UMES stands at 2-0 in MEAC play and 3-19 overall.

Jacob Foreman (Little Orleans, Md.) and Matt Witte (Westminster, Md.) each earned their first win of the season with complete game victories over Coppin, combining for 15 innings thrown with 10 strikeouts. Bryan Chaikowsky (Bethlehem, Pa.) combined to go 5-for-9 against the Eagles, including a pair of doubles, a triple and seven RBI.

UMES homered three times in their second game against Campbell. Nick Wiggins (Littleton, Colo.) hit the first Hawks grand slam of the season, while Jeffrey Fleetwood (Delmar, Md.) hit his second of the season, while Luis Mena (Cape Coral, Fla.) got his first.

SOFTBALL
It was a tough week for the Lady Hawks, beginning with a pair of road doubleheader defeats to South Carolina State 8-7 (6) and 9-1 (8) and Savannah State 5-4 (8) and 8-4, but ended on a high note with a 5-4 win over North Carolina A&T. UMES is now 4-22 this season.

Charlise Castro (Saugerties, N.Y.) had a career week, hitting five home runs, including a pair in UMES's win over N.C. A&T, with seven RBI. Jasmine James (Willingboro, N.J.) went 6-for-18 during the week, with two runs scored and three RBI. Amber Corrigan (Montgomery, N.Y.) earned her second win of the season with a complete game against the Aggies, allowing just three earned runs in seven innings.

OUTDOOR TRACK
UMES represented itself well in the Towson Invitational, earning nine gold medals in their second event of the season.

The Hawks earned first place in the men's and women's shot put, with Marcus Brown (Gaithersburg, Md.) and Vanessa Henry (Capitol Heights, Md.) throwing for 14.17 and 12.66 meters respectively. UMES also got first in both men's and women's in the 400-meter dash, with Thomas Keane-Dawes (Camden, N.C.) finishing with a time of 49.61 seconds and Cynthia Anais (Martinique, France) ending at 57.84 seconds.

The men's side got a number of other gold medal finishes. The 4x100-meter relay team got first place with a total time of 42.44 seconds. Mustapha Habbani (Saint-Gervais-la-Forêt France) earned first place in the 3000-meter steeplechase at 9:50.16. Ackeem Smith (St. Catherine, Jamaica) finished first in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.78 seconds, just .06 ahead of teammate Jermol Dix (Catonsville, Md.). Denvil Ruan (Anguilla B.W.I.) had the best triple jump with a distance of 13.84 meters. On the women's side, Emilie Ducados (Paris, France) got the gold in the 800-meter run at 2:14.93.

TENNIS
Due to inclement weather, each of UMES's matches, road affairs with Wesley and Mount St. Mary's, were postponed. Makeup dates have not yet been announced.

UPCOMING WEEK (MAR. 28-APR. 3)
Hawks baseball will look for a sweep to begin MEAC play as they take on Coppin State on Monday, March 28th at 4:00 p.m. Then UMES hits the road the rest of the week, starting with a non-conference affair against Lehigh on Wednesday, March 30th at 3:00 p.m. Then this weekend, UMES renews their rivalry with Delaware State with a doubleheader on Saturday, April 2nd at 1:00 p.m., followed by a Sunday, April 3rd matinee at 1:00 p.m. Each game is set to be broadcast on the Hawks Radio Network.

The softball team will begin this week with a road doubleheader against Norfolk State on Wednesday, March 30th at 1:00 p.m. Then this weekend, the Hawks begin conference play as Hampton comes to Princess Anne for a trio of games. The Lady Hawks will play the Pirates in a twinbill on Saturday, April 2nd at 1:00 p.m., then will finish the series with a 1:00 p.m. contest on Sunday, April 3rd.

The tennis teams will look to return to the court after an unexpected week off of play. Each will play a road match first: men's tennis will head down Route 13 to play Salisbury on Friday, April 1st at 6:00 p.m., while the women's team heads the opposite direction on Saturday, April 2nd to take on Delaware State at 1:00 p.m. Then, the two squads form back up for a match at home against Norfolk State on Sunday, April 3rd at 1:00 p.m.