LADY HAWKS CHOPPED DOWN BY EAGLES
March 15, 2014
DURHAM, N.C. – On a beautiful, sunny day in Tar Hill country, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) softball team dropped both contests to North Carolina Central University (NCCU) at Parkwood Athletic Field, 10-2 and 8-6, respectively.
With both losses, the Lady Hawks fell to 3-19 overall while NCCU improved to 2-17 on the season.
Both clubs were scoreless after the first inning, until Anderson drove in Emily Diseroad (Manchester Valley, Md.) to take an early lead, 1-0. In the bottom second, the Eagles responded with six runs on five hits to take a commanding lead, 6-1. North Carolina Central’s momentum continued as they registered a run in the third, followed by two in the fourth, to increase their lead, 9-1. In the top of the fifth, Maryland Eastern Shore managed to tally another run by a RBI-single from King, driving home Chelsea Alston (Matawan, N.J.), 9-2. North Carolina Central ended game one early with a solo homer from NCCU’s De’Onna Smith to win, 10-2, in six innings.
In the first game, the Eagles scored 10 runs on 13 hits while Amber Kirkland and Camille Hampton each tallied two RBIs in the victory.
In the second game, sophomore Vanessa Gomez (Belleville, N.J.) notched three RBIs, including a two-run blast, whereas Diseroad added two RBIs in a losing effort.
The Lady Hawks opened on a double down the right field line by Alston to put a runner in scoring position. With one out and a runner on-base, freshman Alexis Hudson (Laurel, Del.) drove in the first run of the game to put UMES ahead, 1-0. Maryland Eastern Shore rally continued as Diseroad drove in Hudson to give the Lady Hawks an early lead, 2-0, after one. In the next three innings, both teams were held scoreless, but UMES and NCCU bats came alive in the fifth.
After Alston reached base on an error to lead off the inning, Gomez homered over the right field fence to give UMES a commanding lead, 4-0. In the bottom fifth, the Eagles responded with three runs, including homers from Smith and Jenny Tracy, to cut the deficit to one, 4-3. In the next inning, North Carolina Central tied the game, 4-4, forcing extra innings after seven.
Both teams were scoreless in the eighth and ninth, but Gomez was able to bring home Anderson to give the Lady Hawks the go-ahead run, 5-4, in the top of the tenth inning. The Eagles answered, scoring a run in the bottom tenth and tied the game, 5-5.
In the top eleventh, Diseroad recorded her second RBI of the game as Hudson crossed the plate, giving Maryland Eastern Shore the lead back, 6-5. In the bottom eleven, NCCU scored another run and tied the contest, 6-6, but a two-run homer from the Eagles’ Dominque Wilson sealed the deal for NCCU as they won, 8-6.
For the Eagles, the Germ sisters, Emerie and London, each registered three hits while Tracy tied a game-high three RBIs in the game two win.
Tomorrow (03/16), both teams will conclude the series in a single seven-inning contest. First-pitch is slated for 10:00 a.m. (EST) Click Here to view live stats.
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