MEAC CHAMPIONSHIPS ARE CREEPING UP ON BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL
April 20, 2009
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - Spring sports are heading into the home stretch at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES). With just under a month left before Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Championships, baseball is cementing its feet in third place in the conference and softball continues its incredible season. Sophomores Katherine Brown and Elliott Alston have been named UMES Athletes of the Week for the period ending April 12.
Brown of the No. 5 women's bowling team recorded the third highest pinfall in team games at NCAA Championships in Canton, Mich. She took out 881 pins for an average of 220.25.
Alston, an infielder on the baseball team, hit .421 (8-for-19) for the Hawks in a 2-3 week. He had two doubles, drove in four runs, scored twice and walked once.
UMES junior right-hander Cameron Zimmerman pitched a complete game, helping the Hawks to a near-upset of West Virginia University, 5-4.
UMES knotted the score at one in the fourth inning and put pressure on the BIG EAST's Mountaineers to the end.
Sophomore captain Remo Orsini led the Hawks at the plate with a 2-for-3 day that included a triple, a run and an RBI. Zimmerman (3-6) went eight innings, gave up nine hits and five walks and struck out three.
Senior left-hander Brian White pitched six strong innings, allowing three runs for the UMES baseball team, but the Hawks were blanked, 4-0, by William and Mary (W&M) at Plumeri Park.
The loss for UMES ends a stretch of seven games in eight days, all on the road. The Hawks boasted a 2-5 mark in that time. W&M has won four of its last six games and two in a row.
Sophomore third baseman Elliott Alston went 2-for-4 with a double, one of two extra-base hits for UMES on the night.
Senior captain Pat Hercinger was 4-for-6 on the day at the plate, but UMES dropped a MEAC doubleheader to Florida A&M, 20-5 and 11-5, at Hawks Stadium.
Phil Vaughn was 2-for-4 with a run and two RBIs in game one for UMES, following that up with a 1-for-3 performance in the second game. Bryan Chaikowsky had a single and scored in game one and crushed his first collegiate home run to deep center, a two-run shot, in the third inning of game two.
UMES freshman Karim Gonzalez pitched a complete game and senior Russel Deutchmann hit a grand slam in the eighth inning to cap an 11-5 come-from-behind win for the Hawks over Florida A&M at Hawks Stadium.
The win for UMES (11-30, 9-6 MEAC) stops a five-game winless skid and ensures that the Hawks can finish over .500 in conference play.
Four Hawks had two runs apiece and Hercinger was 2-for-4 with a double, two runs and three RBIs. Deutchmann finished 1-for-4 with the grand slam to left field while Jorge Pichardo picked up a hit and a pair of RBIs. Chaikowsky also had a hit, run scored and a walk with two stolen bases.
It had been over 10 days since the UMES softball team had a game, and the Lady Hawks got off to a slow start against MEAC rival Hampton University (HU), dropping the first game 10-1. UMES rallied in the nightcap, defeating the Lady Pirates 4-1.
Inde Whitehurst received the first game loss after allowing nine hits. She struck out six in seven innings.
Cassandra Carlos finished the day 3-for-7 with a triple and a double and Chelsea Logan was 2-for-2. Hannah Mills earned the win for the Lady Hawks. She allowed just one run on four hits, striking out five and walking no one.
Not since 1996 has the UMES softball team seen the better side of 10 wins in a season. After topping HU 4-1 to win the series, the Lady Hawks now sit comfortably in fourth place in the northern division of the MEAC.
Logan, who is beginning to peak at the plate for the Lady Hawks, is hitting .500 against MEAC opponents.
Mishayla Truttman (3-4) held HU scoreless through six innings, having given up just four hits, and struck out five to earn the win.
A strong wind was blowing out to left at Lady Hawks Field as UMES and Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) combined for four homeruns on the day, each sailing over the left field fence. The two teams split the double-header with UMES taking the first game 11-7 and the Lady Rams pulling out the nightcap 8-0.
Whitehurst saw her 11th start of the season in the opener. She pitched seven innings and gave up seven runs on eight hits while striking out seven. Whitehurst (7-5) faltered early, but finished strong to earn the win.
Ebony Hahn finished 3-for-6 with a homerun and three RBI to lead the team. Mills received the loss for UMES in the finale, dropping to 6-3 on the season.
Baseball will see more MEAC action this weekend as they battle against Bethune-Cookman University on April 25-26. The double-header on Saturday is set to begin at noon.
It’s back across the bridge this weekend for the softball team who are schedule to play back-to-back MEAC series’ in Baltimore. The Lady Hawks will squeeze in six games in three days in an attempt to catch up their conference schedule. Play begins with a double header against rival Coppin State on April 25 at 1 p.m. and concludes April 27 in a double-header against Morgan State beginning at 4 p.m.