NINE-RUN FIFTH LEADS UMES SOFTBALL TO WIN OVER SIENA
March 8, 2013
HAMPTON, Va. – Senior Belen Benitez (E. Los Angeles, Calif.) ripped a three RBI triple to highlight a nine-run fifth inning as the University of Maryland Eastern Shore softball team came from behind to defeat Siena, 11-4, in the opening game of the Hampton University Tournament. The win snaps an eight-game losing streak for the women and the contest was their first victory of the year on neutral territory.
UMES (4-8) found itself in a 4-2 hole in the fifth, before the squad erupted for its largest single inning run total in nearly five years. UMES had not had such a big inning since April 27, 2008, when the women rattled off 11 runs in the first inning in an 18-3 victory over Coppin State. UMES tallied five hits in the fifth, including the triple by Benitez and a two-RBI single by sophomore Morgan King (Danville, Ill.).
The big fifth inning began with a walk to Benitez, before she moved across the diamond on a hit by Alston and a walk by freshman Vanessa Gomez (Belleville, N.J.). With the bases loaded, junior Cherokee Williams (Upper Marlboro, Md.) reached base safely for the 10th consecutive game with a fielder’s choice that scored Benitez. Alston came around to score the next play and Gomez scored on King’s two-RBI single. UMES also saw freshman Emily Diseroad (Manchester, Md.) single in a run before Benitez registered her bases clearing triple.
The Lady Hawks were led by senior Carmen Gurrola (Arleta, Calif.), who fanned five and allowed just one earned run in the complete-game effort to notch her fourth win of the year. She also doubled, stole one base and scored a run. Junior Chelsea Alston (Matawan, N.J.) had a team-high two hits, while five other Hawks recorded at least one hit.
Siena (0-4) had two players record multi-hit games in the loss. Abby Carpenter was the top performer for the Saints as she had a two RBI double and notched three strikeouts in four-plus innings.
The women look to keep up their winning ways tomorrow, March 9, when the squad faces Central Connecticut at noon. The game will be the first of two for UMES on the day, as the Lady Hawks will play Canisius immediately following the first game.
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