KING HITS FOR CYCLE, SOFTBALL DROPS A PAIR
UMES had six players notch multi-hit totals on Monday
UMES had six players notch multi-hit totals on Monday

Feb. 26, 2013

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GREENSBORO, N.C. – Sophomore Morgan King (Danville, Ill.) hit for the cycle in the final game of the North Carolina A&T Invitational on Monday, but her effort was not enough to get the University of Maryland Eastern Shore softball team over the hump, as the team dropped two games to conclude the tournament. UMES dropped Monday’s opener against Canisius College, 7-4, before losing to the Aggies, 11-10, later in the day.

UMES (3-4) was led by King on the final day, where she went 4-for-8 with two runs and five RBI. She clubbed four hits to go for the cycle against N.C. A&T. She opened the game with a two-run homer in the third, before registering a double in the fourth and her first career triple in the fifth. She ended the day with a two-out single to keep the game alive in the seventh. For her efforts, she was named to the All-Tournament Team.

The Hawks had six players notch multi-hit totals across the two games. King led the way with four, while senior Jasmine James (Willingboro, N.J.) had three and one in each game to move her hitting streak to seven games to open the year. Freshman Emily Diseroad (Manchester, Md.) had two hits, including her first collegiate homerun against Canisius. Senior Carmen Gurrola had a hit in each game and threw eight innings with six strikeouts and no walks.

In Sunday’s opener, UMES engaged in an early battle with Canisius. The score was deadlocked at zero in the third, before Canisius put up three runs to take the advantage. Following a scoreless fourth, each team posted a run, with UMES’ coming off of a solo shot by Diseroad. The Griffs plated three runs in the sixth to make the score 7-1, but the Hawks would rally in the final frame with three of their own. The team capitalized off of some Canisius wildness with five free passes in the frame.

The game against N.C.A&T was a continuation of Sunday’s game that was called early because of darkness. The Lady Hawks trailed, 7-4, heading into Monday, but mounted a big comeback. Freshman Vanessa Gomez (Belleville, N.J.) opened up with a single and moved over when junior Chelsea Alston (Matawan, N.J.) reached on an error. Gomez came around to score on a double by King, who later scored on an error.

James and Diseroad reached base safely and were immediately brought in on a two-RBI double by senior Belen Benitez (E. Los Angeles, Calif.).  The scoring for the maroon and gray was capped when King tripled home Gurrola, who singled earlier in the inning.

UMES makes the trek south again when the Lady Hawks hit the road for Irondale, Ala., to compete in the Tiny Laster Tournament. The women open up play on Friday, March 1 against Langston. The tournament will last three days until Sunday, March 3.

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