LADY HAWKS DROP TWO AT HAMPTON TOURNAMENT
March 9, 2013
HAMPTON, Va. – It was a rough day for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore softball team on Saturday as the Lady Hawks were swept in a pair of games on day two of the Hampton University Tournament. The women opened up with an 11-2 loss to Central Connecticut State, before falling in the nightcap by a score of 15-2 to Canisius.
UMES (4-10) registered six hits on the day, with five of those coming against Canisius. Senior Carmen Gurrola (Arleta, Calif.) reached base safely and scored in both games, while junior Chelsea Alston (Matawan, N.J.) notched the only hit in the first game. Senior Belen Benitez (E. Los Angeles, Calif.) notched her fourth RBI of the tournament in the second contest.
The women fell behind by four after two innings of play against Central Connecticut (7-4), before they went to work in the third. Freshman Rachel Vander Ven (Dover, Del.) was one of three Lady Hawks to reach safely in the inning, but the Lady Hawks were unable to come away with anything. UMES was quiet over the next few innings and CCSU saw its lead reach 8-0 with another four runs in the fourth.
UMES brought its deficit closer with two runs in the fifth. Gurrola got on to open the inning and moved over to third with two outs after Vander Ven reached on an error. Gurrola stole home to score the women’s first run, while Alston singled home Vander Ven shortly afterwards. It was as close as the Lady Hawks would get as Central Connecticut ended the game the next inning with three more runs.
The maroon and gray were involved in an early battle with Canisius (8-3) in the game two. After giving up a solo tally in the first, the two teams each went scoreless until the fourth. Canisius would put up another two in the top of the inning, but the Lady Hawks would come storming back.
Gurrola and freshman Trenece Nash (Decatur, Ga.) each walked to begin the inning and Gurrola would move to third on a fielder’s choice by freshman Emily Diseroad (Manchester, Md.). Gurrola would score on an RBI single by Benitez, while Diseroad scored on a ball put in play by Alston. Gurrola suffered the loss on the hill after she surrendered 19 hits and fanned two in the complete-game effort.
UMES returns to action tomorrow, March 10, with its final game in the tournament as the Lady Hawks take on Delaware at 1 p.m.
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