14Rachel Vander Ven
UMES sweeps second doubleheader of year, King and James clubs four hits
King goes 4-for-4 in game one, Gomez swipes three bags
Gurrola scores in both games, Benitez notches fourth RBI of the tournament
Nine new Lady Hawks to suit up this spring, depth at each position seen
2013 (Freshman): UMES' opening day catcher ... played in 39 games, starting in 34 ... led team with .984 fielding percentage and was second in putouts (107) ...battery mate of pitching staff that recorded best year in over five years ... caught three runners stealing ... posted first collegiate hit in UMES' 10-9 victory over St. Peter's (Feb 10) ... had nine games with atleast five putouts ... recorded walks against Howard (March 23) and Coppin State (March 29)
High School/Club: Played several years of softball at Polytech ... member of the varsity softball team as a freshman ... played club softball with the Delaware Storm 16U-23U every year since 2007 ... distinguished as a High Honors student for several years during her youth ... inducted into the National Honor Society during the 2009-10 school year ... served as a captain on the softball team three times ... named to the Honor Roll many times in almost every semester in high school ... recieved many athletic and coaches awards throughout her life.
Personal: Born September 3, 1993 in Syracuse, N.Y. ... major is Rehabilitation Psychology ... pre-game routine includes stretching, going for a jog and warming up the pitcher ... personal best sports moment was in 2010 when she went with the Sellersville Belles to California ... lists her brother, Jason, as the person that has influenced her the most in life ... personal best non-athletic acomplishment was when she recieved her Master Technical Diploma and delivered a presentation that allowed others to learn about ADHD in children ... plans to find a job in psychology after graduation from UMES ... best advice recieved is "Live life with no regrets, it might end sooner than you can imagine" ... hobbies outside of sports include reading and learning anything about history ... favorite movie is Gladiator.