HAWK TALK: A WEEKLY RECAP OF UMES ATHLETICS
Anais won two events at the MEAC Championships this past week
Anais won two events at the MEAC Championships this past week

May 8, 2012

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – The University of Maryland Eastern Shore athletics program saw four teams participate in action this past week. The number represented just half of UMES’ spring sports programs, but the teams would combine to make a ton of noise. The baseball team swept a double header from Norfolk State on Saturday, while the track teams each posted top-4 finishes at the MEAC Championships. Freshman Morgan King (Danville, Ill.) ripped two doubles to lead the softball team.

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

BASEBALL

The baseball team went 2-1 this past week.

The Hawks began the week with a rainout against George Washington, before posting a 3-2 victory over Norfolk State in Saturday’s opener. The game saw senior James Newsome (Mechanicsville, Md.) go 3-4 with one run and a double, while sophomore Byron Campbell (Waldorf, Md.) was 2-for-5 with a double and triple. Sophomore Zachary Saca (Elk Grove, Calif.) picked up the win with seven innings of one run ball in relief.

The nightcap featured another win, this time a 4-0 win in seven innings over NSU. Campbell led the offense with a 3-for-4 effort from the place with a triple. Senior Jacob Foreman (Little Orleans, Md.) was the man of the night, though, as he threw the Hawks’ first complete-game shutout since 2009, when he allowed two hits and fanned six over seven innings.

The Hawks fell in their final contest of the week with a 9-1 loss on Sunday. Junior Brandon Schott (Warren, Pa.) and sophomore Jeffrey Fleetwood (Delmar, Del.) each went 2-for-4 to lead the offense.

For his efforts this past week, Foreman was distinguished as the men’s recipient of the PRMC UMES Athlete of the Week award. The article can be viewed here.

SOFTBALL

The UMES softball team concluded its regular season with two losses to Delaware State this past week.

UMES opened up with an 8-0 loss to the Hornets in game one. Kind led the offense with one double and one walk as she went 1-for-1 in the contest.

The second match featured a strong performance from the Hawks. Although the team lost 10-0, five different Hawks had hits in the game. King posted another double to lead the way.

This week saw King honored as a College Sports Madness All-Conference second team recipient.

OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD

The UMES track and field teams saw solid performances at the MEAC Championships this past week.

The team had several players receive recognition for their efforts this past week.

Junior Andre Walsh (St. Catherine, Jamaica) and Lenora Guion-Firmin (La Trinite, Martinique) were named the Male and Female Athletes of the Year at the 2012 UMES Athletic Awards Ceremony held this past week.

A total of 17 were named to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference team. Also, the Hawks had 12 players named to the Outdoor Track & Field All-Academic Team.

The women placed second in the championships as they posted 106 points. Senior Cynthia Anais (Martinique, France) led the women with two first-place finishes. She placed first in the 800m with a time of 2:05.17, while also claiming top honors in the 1,500m in 4:36.49. Senior Vanessa Henry (Capital Heights, Md.) was first in the shot put (15.92m) and sophomore Lexi Robinson (White Plains, N.Y.) followed two places later with a third-place finish in the same event (14.69m)

The men finished in fourth at the event and collected 73 points. The relay team of Walsh, sophomore Rico Taylor (Silver Spring, Md.), senior Damian Miles (Teaneck, N.J.) and sophomore Marcus Wallace (Winter Garden, Fla.) combined to win the 4x100m relay with a time of 39.86.

The team saw four second-place finishes. Junior Ackeem Smith (St. Catherine, Jamaica) was second in the 110m hurdles (13.91), while Taylor was runner-up in the high jump (2.14). Walsh notched his second award with a second-place time in the 400m hurdles (52.54) and sophomore Owen Cain (Montgomery Village, Md.) just missed first with a 15.20m leap in the triple jump.

For her efforts this past week, Anais was distinguished as the women’s recipient of the PRMC UMES Athlete of the Week award. The article can be viewed here.