HAWK TALK: A WEEKLY RECAP OF UMES ATHLETICS
Carmen Gurrola (pictured) was pivital in UMES' win over Norfolk State

Carmen Gurrola (pictured) was pivital in UMES' win over Norfolk State

April 10, 2013

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – The past week of action for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore athletics program was particularly busy as six programs were active and 18 contests were participated in. The action was highlighted by outdoor track running well at the Duke Invitational and the softball team pinning the first Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference loss on Norfolk State this year. The tennis teams were each swept in four matches, while the baseball team went 0-5.

BASEBALL

The baseball team went 0-5 this week.

The team began the week with a 3-1 loss to University of Maryland – Baltimore County. Despite getting the loss, freshman pitcher J.P. Black (Elkton, Md.) had his strongest start of the year, going six innings with just three runs charged. Junior Stephen Bull (Millsboro, Del.) went 3-for-4 from the leadoff spot for UMES, scoring the team's only run. Freshman Connor Breslin (Saylorsburg, Pa.) earned two hits in four at bats.

Despite a pair of RBI singles from junior Jeffery Fleetwood (Delmar, Del.), the Hawks fell to Wilmington 14-4 at Jim Sherman Sr. Stadium on Thursday.  The Hawks kept close in both doubleheader games against Coppin State on Saturday but was defeated in each contest, falling 7-3 in game one and 3-1 in the second matchup.

Though UMES led 2-1 after five innings, a four-run sixth by Coppin State was enough for the home team as the Hawks fell 5-3 at Joe Cannon Stadium on Sunday. With the win, Coppin State swept UMES in the three-game series this weekend.

Freshman Mike Escanilla (Waldorf, Md.) reached base three times on Sunday, going 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored. Bull went 2-for-5 from the leadoff spot, while junior Byron Campbell (Waldorf, Md.) increased his reached base streak to 31 consecutive games with two walks.

 

SOFTBALL

The softball team went 1-3 last week as the Lady Hawks pinned the first MEAC loss on Norfolk State this season.

UMES was unable to come away with a victory on Saturday as the Lady Hawks dropped both ends of a doubleheader against Norfolk State at the NSU Softball Field. The women lost the opener 4-3 in ten innings, before dropping the nightcap 8-5.

UMES (11-23, 2-6 MEAC) was led by the performance of senior Carmen Gurrola (Arleta, Calif.), who pitched in both games and allowed just one earned run in nearly 14 innings. Junior Cherokee Williams (Upper Marlboro, Md.) led the women with four hits on the day and joined sophomore Morgan King (Danville, Ill.) as one of two Lady Hawks to register three hits in Saturday's nightcap.

Gurrola struck out six and freshman Vanessa Gomez (Belleville, N.J.) connected for two doubles as UMES won the final game of the three-game series, 9-6, against the Lady Spartans on Sunday. The Lady Hawks were led by Gurrola, who threw her second complete game in two days. She combined to allow just four earned runs and one walk. Gomez collected a game-high three hits with two doubles and freshman Trenece Nash (Decatur, Ga.) was 2-for-4 with three RBI. 

For her efforts in the meet, Gurrola was selected as a PRMC UMES Athlete of the Week for the week of April 8.

WOMEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK

The women’s outdoor track team competed in the Duke Invitational this past weekend. The team was led by freshman Petra Kubesova (Prague, Czech Republic), who broke a UMES record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 10:33.81.

Senior Lenora Guion-Firmin (La Trinite, Martinique), earned silver in the 200m dash with a time of 23.64, while sophomore Gayon Evans (Clarendon, Jamaica) ran a fourth-place time of 23.96 in the same event. Evans finished first in the 100m dash in 11.72, while Guion-Firmin placed third with a time of 12.04. 

Sophomore Geranda Williams (Waldorf, Md.) finished fourth in the long jump with a 5.50m jump and second in the triple jump with a 12.01m finish.

Guion-Firmin was named MEAC Field Athlete of the Week for the week ending April 5.

MEN’S OUTDOOR TRACK

The men’s outdoor track team ran well at the Duke Invitational this past weekend. Senior Zavior Brown (Middletown, N.Y.) and sophomore Codjo Gbedo (New Carrollton, Md.) each performed well in the 800m run and 800m developmental. Brown finished fifth in 1:51.28, while Gbedo took second in a time of 1:56.40. Sophomore Denvil Ruan (Anguilla, B.W.I.) took fifth in the long jump with a distance of 6.63m. 

Senior Dillon Simon (Pottersville, Roseau) was named MEAC Field Athlete of the Week for the week ending April 5, and finished with a second-place toss of 16.57m in the shot put.

TENNIS

The tennis teams were winless in eight contests this past week. The team was led by the performance of freshman Jasmine Jennings (Halifax, Va.), who won her first collegiate match in the women’s 6-1 loss to Wesley.

The teams each fell 4-0 to Coppin State in the early match on Tuesday, before the squads were each upended by Norfolk State, 5-0, in Tuesday’s late match. The teams then went on to lose 5-0 at Hampton on Saturday. The week concluded with the men losing 6-0 at home against Wesley and the women falling 6-1.

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