LADY HAWKS OPEN SEASON WITH A PAIR OF LOSSES IN ALCORN STATE TOURNAMENT
Feb. 12, 2012
IRONDALE, Ala. – The University of Maryland Eastern Shore softball team opened up its season on Saturday with a pair of losses in the Alcorn State University Tournament at the Shea Brother Softball Complex. The women fell to Stillman College, 17-9, in the opener before being upended by Miles College, 19-11, in the nightcap.
In the matchup against Miles, UMES (0-2) put the pressure on the Lady Bears (1-0) right from the get go.
The Hawks plated a pair of runs in the top of the first when junior Carmen Gurrola (Arleta, Calif.) doubled home sophomore Cherokee Williams (Upper Marlboro, Md.) and later came home on a wild pitch. Gurrola allowed a single run in the bottom half of the frame, before four Bear runs in the second saw Miles take a 5-2 lead after two innings.
UMES used a two-run home run by junior Jasmine James (Willingboro, N.J.) in the third and Gurrola worked a scoreless bottom half, before the Hawks erupted with a six spot in the fourth to take a 10-9 lead.
After several Hawks got on base to begin the inning, Williams delivered a bases clearing, three RBI triple to right-center field. Williams would later score on a James grounder, before James and Gurrola came home on wild pitches. The effort gave the Hawks a five-run lead, 10-5.
The lead did not last for long as Miles scored four in the bottom of the frame and then five in each of the next two innings.
Williams paced UMES with a 2-for-4 performance from the plate and had four RBIs and two runs scored to compliment her triple. James finished with two RBIs, two runs and one homerun, while Gurrola scored three times with one double. Freshman Morgan King (Danville, Ill.) swiped a pair of bags for UMES in the loss.
In the season opener, UMES fell behind early against Stillman (1-0) as the Lady Tigers jumped out to a 4-0 lead after one inning. Despite being down by several runs early, the Hawks chipped away at the lead and would narrow the deficit to one, 10-9, heading into the seventh inning.
The margin was short lived as the Stillman offense put up seven runs in the seventh to thwart the rally and send the Hawks to their first loss of the year.
UMES was led by the effort of Gurrola, who went 3-for-3 at the plate with four RBIs and two runs scored. Gurrola also notched the complete-game performance for the women on the mound, where she struck out one and walked two in seven innings pitched.
UMES finishes action in the Alcorn State Tournament on Sunday, Feb. 12, where the Hawks will play a pair of games against Alcorn State, beginning at 11 a.m.
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