LADY HAWKS SWEEP DOUBLEHEADER TO OPEN UP 2013
Feb. 9, 2013
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – The University of Maryland Eastern Shore softball team swept a doubleheader to open up 2013, as the Lady Hawks took a pair of games from Saint Peter’s College on Saturday afternoon at Hawk Field. The women used a balanced effort in the two games to sweep their first doubleheader since April 1, 2009. The wins also snapped UMES’ 35 game losing streak.
Senior Carmen Gurrola (Arleta, Calif.) logged 11 innings and did not allow an earned run in either game. The right-hander was credited with both wins after she combined to allow 11 hits, struck out five and walked one. Freshman Vanessa Gomez (Belleville, N.J.) posted three hits and stole five bags, while senior Jasmine James (Willingboro, N.J.) had three hits, three runs and three RBI. Sophomore Morgan King (Danville, Ill.) notched a pair of hits with three RBI.
UMES made a pair of costly errors to fall behind, 4-0 to open the day. The women would quickly get to work, though, as they posted three runs in the bottom half of the inning when King brought Gomez in on a sacrifice fly and James followed with a two-RBI single to right. After a scoreless second, UMES evened up the score at four when James tripled to left center and came home on a Peacock error.
A single tally by the Lady Hawks in the fifth was enough for Gurrola the rest of the way as the senior closed out the game with six consecutive scoreless frames. The Hawks benefitted from three Saint Peter’s errors and roughed up a pair of pitchers on nine hits.
In game two, UMES took first blood with a four spot in the bottom of the first. With one away, King singled home Gurrola and junior Chelsea Alston (Matawan, N.J.). She was brought home on an RBI double by James, before junior Carmen Frazier (Montgomery Village, Md.) brought James home on an RBI groundout. The teams were quiet in the second, before Saint Peter’s opened its scoring with a single tally in the third.
Senior Belen Benitez (E. Los Angeles, Calif.) opened the game on the hill for UMES and allowed just one earned run on three hits in three innings, but was relieved by Gurrola in the fourth. Gurrolla came in to thwart a Saint Peter’s rally after she recorded three consecutive outs.
UMES registered its second big inning of the game with four more runs in the third. The Lady Hawks advantage grew to seven, courtesy of a two-RBI single by Frazier and two wild pitches to score runners. The teams would both register one more run through the mid innings, before Saint Peters notched two in the seventh. The SPC rally was ended after Gurrola induced a soft groundout to give the Hawks the doubleheader sweep.
Saint Peter’s was led on the day by Francesca D’Amato, who had three hits, two RBI and one run scored. Shelby Beaver posted three hits as well, with one RBI and one run scored. Beaver collected the loss in game one, while Tori Feorenzo was the losing pitcher in the second game. The Peacocks registered 14 hits, but combined to make six errors on the day.
UMES looks to continue its winning ways tomorrow, Feb. 10, when the Lady Hawks host Saint Peter’s for another doubleheader at Hawk Field. The twin bill is set to begin at noon.
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