HAWK TALK: A WEEKLY RECAP OF UMES ATHLETICS
The outdoor track team posted impressive results at the Towson Invitational
The outdoor track team posted impressive results at the Towson Invitational

April 2, 2012

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – The week after spring break featured several impressive outings from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore athletics program. The women’s tennis team won its first match of the year at Wesley, while the baseball team swept Coppin State and the track teams ran well at the Towson Invitational.

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

BASEBALL

The Hawks (5-22, 4-5 MEAC) began the week with a 6-3 loss at home against Mount St. Mary’s (Md.), before they set off to Baltimore, Md., to square off with Coppin State. UMES swept Coppin in three games, as the Hawks have now won their past four Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference contests.

In UMES’ loss to the Mount, the Hawks were led by freshman James Smith (Florence, S.C.) and senior Karim Gonzalez (Mexico City, Mexico), who combined for five scoreless innings out of the bullpen. The offense was paced by Jeffrey Fleetwood (Delmar, Del.), who was 2-for-4 with one RBI and one triple.

The Hawks began the weekend with an 18-1 victory at Coppin, where sophomore Tyler Witte (Westminster, Md.) fanned nine in a one-hit complete game victory. Fleetwood collected four RBIs, while sophomore Byron Campbell (Waldorf, Md.) was 2-for-4 with four RBIs as well. Schott was 3-for-3 from the plate and Foreman allowed just five hits in six innings to pick up his second win of the year in UMES’ 6-4 victory in the nightcap.

The sweep was completed on Sunday when the Hawks pinned an 8-3 victory over the Eagles. Sophomore Zachary Saca (Elk Grove, Calif.) allowed just one run in over three innings to pick up the win. UMES had three players notch two hits in the victory.

Witte’s efforts this week helped him in being distinguished as the men’s recipient of this week’s PRMC UMES Athlete of the Week. The article can be found here.

SOFTBALL

The softball team went 0-3 this week after being swept by Coppin State.

The Hawks were the victim of a no-hitter in the opening game of the series as CSU’s Paige Arnold stifled the UMES bats. Junior Carmen Gurrola (Arleta, Calif.) was the tough luck loser as she allowed just four earned in the Hawks’ 5-0 loss.

Junior Jasmine James (Willingboro, N.J.) and freshman Morgan King (Danville, Ill.) both had three hits in the final two games against Coppin State. With the losses, UMES is now 0-23 on the season.

OUTDOOR TRACK

The Hawks provided an outstanding effort at this past weekend’s Towson Invitational. Freshman Rico Taylor (Cheveny, Md.) finished first in the high jump with a 1.88m jump, while senior Cynthia Anais (Martinique, France) was first in the 400m run with a time of 56.24.

Freshman Dillon Simon (Patersville, Dominica) placed first in the shot put and third in the discus, while the 4x400m team took home top honors with a time of 3:48.33.

Junior Lenora Guion-Firmin (Martinique, France) finished second in the 200m run as she ran a time of 23.87. Her finish gave her an ECAC qualifying time.

MEN’S TENNIS

The men’s team went 0-2 last week with losses at Wesley and Loyola.

The men saw sophomores Malcolm Johnson (Silver Spring, Md.) and Livin Costica each post wins in singles play. The strong outing was continued by the rest of the team as the Hawks went on to win eight games. Despite the good play, UMES fell 5-2 in the match.

UMES concluded the week with a 7-0 loss at Loyola on Sunday. Johnson won two games in singles play to lead the men in the matchup.

Johnson was selected as last week’s spotlight student-athlete in UMES’ newest column, A Walk with a Hawk … The article can he found here.

WOMEN’S TENNIS

The women’s tennis team went 1-3 this past week.

The women opened up with a 7-0 victory at Wesley, where the Hawks swept both singles and doubles play. The victory was the first for several Hawks, including Head Coach Dr. James Heimdal, who won his first collegiate tennis match. Junior Raveena Sharma (Fruitland, Md.) won 6-0 at No. 6 for her first collegiate win. Senior Solana McMillan (Teaneck, N.J.) won her second match of the year at No. 1 singles and her first in top doubles.

The Hawks played three games over the weekend and would lose each contest. UMES dropped a 7-0 decision against Delaware State on Saturday morning, before losing by the same score to Savannah State in the nightcap. On Sunday, UMES lost 7-0 to Loyola.

McMillan led the Hawks on the weekend with five games won.

McMillan’s efforts this week helped her in being distinguished as the women’s recipient of this week’s PRMC UMES Athlete of the Week. The article can be found here.

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