HAWK TALK: A WEEKLY RECAP OF UMES ATHLETICS
Solana McMillan and Shamara McKenzie posted impressive performances this week
Solana McMillan and Shamara McKenzie posted impressive performances this week

April 9, 2012

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – The University of Maryland Eastern Shore baseball team moved into second-place in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference with a three game sweep of Coppin State this weekend. The performance of the baseball team spearheaded action for the Hawk athletic program as the outdoor track teams and tennis teams produced solid results as well.

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

BASEBALL

The baseball team went 3-1 this week.

The men began the week with an 18-3 loss to William & Mary on Tuesday night, before the Hawks swept Coppin State in a three-game set at home this past weekend.

UMES won the first game of the series on Friday by a score of 7-6, as the Hawks scored five runs in the ninth inning to post the walk off victory. The victory evened them up in MEAC play, where the Hawks went to 5-5. Senior James Newsome (Mechanicsville, Md.) was 3-for-5 and was also the Hawk credited with the decisive hit that brought home the winning run in the ninth.

The Hawks took the opener on Saturday, 6-5. Sophomore Zachary Saca (Elk Grove, Calif.) picked up the win as he struck out two in four innings out of the bullpen. UMES had six different players register hits in the contest.

The nightcap saw UMES claim a 10-4 victory. Senior Jacob Foreman (Little Orleans, Md.) posted the complete-game win with seven innings of two hit ball with eight strikeouts. Sophomore Jeffrey Fleetwood (Delmar, Del.) was the lone Hawk to post multiple hits with two, but junior Brandon Schott (Warren, Pa.) would notch a game-high four RBIs.

SOFTBALL

The softball team was upended in a trio of games by Norfolk State this week.

UMES dropped an 8-0 decision to NSU on Friday. The Hawks posted six hit altogether in the game, two of which were off the bat of junior Carmen Gurrola (Arleta, Calif.).

In the opener on Saturday, UMES fell 10-0 to the Spartans. The Hawks received single hits from freshman Morgan King (Danville, Ill.) and sophomore Cherokee Williams (Upper Marlboro, Md.). The second game saw the Hawks nearly miss out on their first win of the season, but they would ultimately fall, 4-2.

Gurrola limited NSU to just four runs in the game and junior Kristen Lee (Bowie, Md.) scored a pair of runs. The Hawks had a late rally in the game, but were unable to overcome a tough Spartan relief pitcher.

BOWLING

The bowling team was inactive this week.

OUTDOOR TRACK

The track and field teams participated in action at the Penn Invitational in Philadelphia, Pa., this weekend. The team saw several solid performances as the Hawks posted eight first-place finishes.

The women were paced by the effort of Lenora Guion-Firmin (Martinique, France), who won the 200m (23.80) and the 400m (54.86). She was also a part of the Hawks’ 4x400m relay team, who finished in first with a time of 3:46.70. Senior Vanessa Henry (Capital Heights, Md.) won the shot put with a heave of 15.47 meters, while Imani Cox (Plainfield, N.J.) won the discus with a throw of 39.71.

The men were led by the first-place finish of junior Andre Walsh (St. Catherine, Jamaica), who finished with a time of 21.00. Freshman Dillon Simon (Pottersville, Roseau, Dominica) placed second in two events, including the shot put (15.00m) and discus (46.34m). Junior Basil Melek (Grand Prairie, Texas) finished in fifth in the 3,000m (8:48.97).

Henry and Simon’s efforts this week helped them in being distinguished as the men’s and women’s recipient of this week’s PRMC UMES Athlete of the Week. The article can be found here.

MEN’S TENNIS

The men’s tennis team lost a pair of matches to Hampton University on Saturday.

The Hawks were swept 7-0 in the first match, before losing 4-0 in the second. UMES was led by the performance of sophomore Malcolm Johnson (Silver Spring, Md.), who won three games at No. 1 singles.

WOMEN’S TENNIS

The women’s tennis team lost a pair of matches at Hampton University on Saturday.

UMES saw senior Solana McMillan (Teaneck, N.J.) win her third match of the season at No. 1 singles in the opener, but it was not enough as the Hawks were defeated 6-1. UMES dropped its second match to the Pirates by a score of 4-0.

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