HAWKS UPENDED BY MISSISSIPPI VALLEY IN OPENER OF TINY LASTER
March 2, 2013
IRONDALE, Ala. – The University of Maryland Eastern Shore softball team proved once again how different one year can be, as the Lady Hawks stuck with reigning Southwest Athletic Conference champion, Mississippi Valley State, before falling late, 5-2. The contest was the first for the Lady Hawks in the 6th Annual HBCU Classic Tiny Laster Tournament.
UMES (3-5) was led by senior Jasmine James (Willingboro, N.J.), who continued her eight-game hitting streak with a single in the fourth inning. UMES had five players register hits on the day, with junior shortstop Chelsea Alston (Matawan, N.J.) leading the way with two. Freshman Vanessa Gomez (Belleville, N.J.) walked three times and swiped her MEAC-best ninth bag of the year, while senior Carmen Gurrola (Arleta, Calif.) allowed three earned runs in six innings on the hill.
The Lady Hawks gave up a single tally in the first, but escaped a big inning by Mississippi Valley (4-11) in the frame as junior Cherokee Williams (Upper Marlboro, Md.) made an acrobatic catch against the fence in left to thwart the Devilette rally. The game remained in favor of MVS until the third, when Williams singled up the middle to score Alston.
The maroon gray would take the lead in the top of the fourth when UMES freshman Emily Diseroad (Manchester, Md.) singled home James to give UMES a 2-1 lead. Mississippi Valley evened the score in the bottom of the frame when Alex Robertson homered, before tallying three runs across the next two innings to race to a three-run advantage.
With one away in the last inning, UMES put two runners on and sent the tying run to the plate. MVS’s Kimberly Spivey induced two consecutive groundouts to end the game and send the Lady Hawks to their fifth loss of the season.
The Devilettes were led by Robertson, who went 2-for-4 with three RBI. She was one of two Mississippi Valley players with two hits on the day. Spivey picked up the win to notch her third win of the year with three innings of scoreless ball.
UMES returns to action tomorrow, Feb. 2, at 10 a.m. against Tennessee State. The Lady Hawks will play three more games in the tournament, including the nightcap tomorrow night against Alabama A&M at 4 p.m.