HAWK TALK: A WEEKLY RECAP OF UMES ATHLETICS
The bowling team won its third NCAA Championship with a 4-2 victory over Farleigh Dickinson
The bowling team won its third NCAA Championship with a 4-2 victory over Farleigh Dickinson

April 16, 2012

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – It was a great week to be a Hawk this past week, as the bowling team recorded its third NCAA Championship and fourth National Title in women’s collegiate bowling on Saturday. The effort by the women highlighted the week, but was not the only success story seen. Junior Tre-von Johnson (East New Market, Md.) went 15-for-24 in five games for the baseball team, while the track teams ran well at the Mason Spring Invitational and the tennis teams concluded their seasons on high notes.

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

BOWLING

The UMES bowling team defended its national championship as the Hawks claimed their second consecutive NCAA Championship with a 4-2 victory over Farleigh Dickinson this past weekend. The Hawks are the first team to accomplish back-to-back championships since 2004-05.

Junior T’nia Falbo (Greenburg, Pa.) was named the Most Outstanding performer, while also being honored to the All-Tournament team. Head Coach Kristina Frahm became just the second woman in championship history to coach her team to a title and the first ever to win as a player and head coach.

The women opened the tournament with a 4-3 victory over Sacred Heart on Friday, before defeating Vanderbilt, 4.5-1.5 later in the day. The Hawks concluded action on Friday with a 4-1 victory over Nebraska.

The championship game against Farleigh Dickinson, which was featured live on ESPNU, saw the Hawks save their best for the last. The Hawks came up big time after time and used a total team effort to cement their fourth National Title in women’s collegiate bowling.

Falbo’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.

BASEBALL

The baseball team went 1-4 this week.

The men began the week with a pair of tough losses to Lehigh University on Wednesday afternoon. The double-header saw the Hawks fall 7-6 in the opener and 5-3 in the nightcap. Sophomore Jeffrey Fleetwood (Delmar, Del.) went 3-for-8 from the dish in the two games, while sophomore Byron Campbell (Waldorf, Md.) had three hits in game one and made seven putouts in game two.  

UMES split its twin bill with Norfolk State on Saturday. The Hawks fell to the Spartans, 11-10, in ten innings in the first game, before winning the second contest, 11-4. UMES lost its game on Sunday to NSU by a score of 9-5.

The Hawks were outstanding with the bats on Saturday as they registered 35 total hits. Johnson led the UMES attack with a 9-for-10 performance at the plate, while Fleetwood upped his hitting streak to 12 games with a 5-for-9 effort at the plate.

Senior Jacob Foreman (Little Orleans, Md.) once again proved why he is the ace of the Hawks’ pitching staff, when he threw another complete-game pearler in the second game. He struck out six and allowed just one earned run in seven innings to post his fourth win of the year.

In Sunday’s rubber match against Norfolk State, UMES pounded out 12 hits altogether. The Hawks saw seven players hit safely, four of which recorded two hits or more. Junior Brandon Schott (Warren, Pa.) led UMES with a 2-for-4 performance with three RBIs and seven putouts, while Johnson notched three hits and sophomore Zachary Saca (Elk Grove, Calif.) allowed just one earned run in over four innings on the mound.

Johnson’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.

OUTDOOR TRACK

The track and field teams participated in action at the Mason Spring Invitational in Fairfax, Va., this weekend. The team saw several solid performances as the Hawks posted four first-place and four second-place finishes.

The women were paced by the effort of junior Lenora Guion-Firmin (Martinique, France), who won the 400m (53.19). Guion-Firmin also placed second in the 200m (23.85) and teamed up with junior Emilie Ducados (Paris, France), sophomore Annis Mars (Brooklyn, N.Y.), and senior Cynthia Anais (Martinique, France) in the 4x400 relay to place second (3:40.52). Senior Vanessa Henry (Capital Heights, Md.) won the shot put with a heave of 16.48m, while Anais took home top honors in the 800m (2:05.15).

The men were guided by the effort of sophomore Rico Taylor (Silver Spring, Md.), who won the high jump with a jump of 2.13m. He also teamed up with juniors Ackeem Smith (St. Catherine, Jamaica), Andre Walsh (St. Catherine, Jamaica), and Nyls Nubret (Anguilla B.W.I.) to finish second in the 4x100m relay with a time of 40.68. Junior Zavior Brown (Middletown, N.Y.) was second in the 800m (1:49.10) and Walsh finished runner-up in the 400m hurdles (51.35).

MEN’S TENNIS

The men’s tennis team concluded its 2011-12 season with a loss to top-seeded South Carolina State in the opening round of the MEAC Men’s Tennis Championships this past Friday. UMES lost the contest, 4-0.

The Hawks were unable to make much noise against the Bulldogs as they were swept in both singles and doubles play. The Hawks did see sophomore Malcolm Johnson (Silver Spring, Md.) win a game at No. 1 singles, but he would fall 6-1, 1-0.

The men had three student-athletes named to the 2011-12 MEAC All-Academic team that was released last Thursday. Johnson and sophomores Wirlen Elame and Wayne Heath were all named to the team.

WOMEN’S TENNIS

The women’s tennis team concluded its 2011-12 season with a 6-3 loss to Bowie State on Wednesday, April 11.

UMES saw senior Solana McMillan (Teaneck, N.J.) post a pair of wins in the match. She blanked her opponent with a 6-0, 6-0 victory at No. 1, before teaming up with junior Shamara McKenzie (Neptune, N.J.) to win 8-1 at top doubles. The victories upped her collegiate total to 25, which is the most from a women’s tennis player in recent history.  

Sophomore Arshelle Jackson (Easton, Md.) won UMES’ third match of the day, when she claimed a 7-5, 6-3 victory at No. 3 singles.

The women had four student-athletes named to the 2011-12 MEAC All-Academic team as McKenize, seniors Alisia Belt and Anna Katenta and sophomore Enjoli Simmons were each included.

SOFTBALL

The softball team was inactive this past week.

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