GOMEZ COLLECTS THREE HITS IN PAIR OF UMES LOSSES ON SATURDAY
March 3, 2013
IRONDALE, Ala. - Freshman Vanessa Gomez (Belleville, N.J.) collected three hits and hit safely in both games, but it was not enough as the University of Maryland Eastern Shore softball team dropped two contests on Saturday at the 6th Annual HBCU Classic Tiny Laster Tournament. The Lady Hawks fell to Tennessee State, 11-1, in the opener, before the squad dropped a 12-2 decision to Alabama A&M later in the day. With the two losses, UMES moves to 0-3 in the tournament.
UMES (3-7) was led by Gomez, who combined to go 3-for-6 with one RBI and one run. Junior Cherokee Williams (Upper Marlboro, Md.) walked three times, while senior Belen Benitez (E. Los Angeles, Calif.) and freshman Emily Diseroad (Manchester, Md.) were each perfect from the plate in one game. A total of six Lady Hawks hit safely on the day.
The Lady Hawks opened the day against Tennessee State (3-10) and found themselves in an early 8-0 hole midway through the second inning. The maroon and gray would make the score 8-2 the next inning when senior Jasmine James (Willingboro, N.J.) and freshman Trenece Nash (Decatur, Ga.) reached base safely, before Benitez drove home James with a double to right-field. The score was as close as UMES got as TSU combined to push across two runs over the next two innings to walk away with the decision after five.
In the nightcap, UMES fell behind early once again. Alabama A&M (2-4) notched three runs in the first and five in the second, before the Lady Hawks put together an offensive display of their own. Williams walked to open the inning, stole second and scored on an RBI single by Gomez. After Gomez swiped third, junior Chelsea Alston (Matawan, N.J.) brought her home with another single up the middle. Sophomore Morgan King (Danville, Ill.) then blasted a frozen rope to the left-side, but it was snagged by the Alabama A&M third-baseman, who proceeded to double up Alston at second and thwart the UMES rally.
AAMU posted four more runs in the bottom half of the third to claim a 10-run lead. UMES was unable to make any noise the rest of the way as AAMU pitcher, Casaan Brown, sent the team to their seventh consecutive loss.
UMES will conclude play in the tournament tomorrow, February 3, when the Lady Hawks face Mississippi Valley State at 1:30 p.m.