LADY HAWKS SPLIT DOUBLEHEADER VERSUS UMBC
March 9, 2014
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – After taking two tough losses versus Maryland Baltimore-County (UMBC) yesterday, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) softball team bounced back to split with the Retrievers, taking the first game, 4-3, but falling in the second, 3-2. UMBC won the four-game season-series, 3-1, over the Lady Hawks.
After today’s contests, Maryland Eastern Shore moved to 3-15 on the season while UMBC went to 12-4 overall.
Despite receiving a no decision, Abria Tinsley (Sewell, N.J.) set the tone for UMES in the first game. She pitched 6.1 innings, allowing three runs on three hits and struck out three Retrievers. Kaitlyn Hitch (Delmar, Del.) earned the win in relief.
Both clubs were scoreless after five innings until Maryland Eastern Shore scored on bunt singles by Tinsley and Emily Diseroad (Manchester Valley, Md.) to take the lead, 2-0. In the next inning, UMBC responded with three runs for the go-ahead lead, 3-2. In their final at-bat, UMES refused to give up as they were down to their last out.
With two outs, senior Chelsea Alston (Matawan, N.J.) delivered a triple to right-center field to put the tying run on-base and the game-winner at the plate. In the next at-bat, sophomore Vanessa Gomez (Belleville, N.J.) beat out an infield routine play, scoring Alston, and tied the ballgame, 3-3. With two outs and the game-winning run at first, junior Morgan King (Danville, Ill.) tripled to right center to bring home Gomez and gave UMES the victory, 4-3.
For the Retrievers, Nicole Casagrand also had a solid pitching performance as she went six innings and gave up two runs on five hits. Casagrand received a no decision as UMBC’s Kelly Lane picked up the loss.
In game two, Diseroad guided the Lady Hawks as she went 2-for-2 with two RBIs while Gomez and King each scored in the loss.
After trailing early, 1-0, Maryland Eastern Shore got on the board after Diseroad drove in King and tied the game, 1-1. In the bottom of the third, UMES took the lead, 2-1, after Diseroad drove in another run. In the fifth inning, the Retrievers reclaimed the lead after aggressive base running and won by the final score, 3-2.
UMBC’s Jessica Holte came in as a reliever and picked up the victory as she went four innings, allowed no runs and one hit.
This Wednesday (03/12), the Lady Hawks host the University of Rhode Island at Lady Hawks Field in a doubleheader. First-pitch is set for 1:00 p.m. (EST)
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