Kendra Saunders went a combined 3-5 with two RBIs in the series.
Kendra Saunders went a combined 3-5 with two RBIs in the series.

March 20, 2008

Box Score

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) Lady Hawks Softball team put up six runs in two games but could not keep Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) from picking up a pair of wins on Tuesday at South Park Field.

UMES (3-9) wanted to come out swinging in game one but to their disadvantage so did WSSU who exploded for 11 hits as they won 11-2 in five innings.

The Lady Hawks were led by Kendra Saunders (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada/Streetsville Secondary School) who went 1-2 with two RBIs. Ashley Stewart (Princess Anne, Md./Holly Grove C.S.) and Bonnie Heineken (North Pole, Alaska/North Pole H.S.) combined to go 4-5 at the plate while scoring a run each.

WSSU (11-9) hurler Amber Shore pitched all five innings for the win while tossing 11 strikeouts and giving up only two earned runs. A grand slam by Candace Spinks in the bottom of the second gave her all the run support she would need. Spinks finished 2-2 with four RBIs and a walk, while Whitney Hall and Kendall Sutton went 2-3 apiece.

The Lady Hawks eager to get their offense rolling would get on base in the first inning after a Bonnie Heineken (North Pole, Alaska/North Pole H.S.) single, however; she would be left stranded. Heineken who got the start picked up the loss as she allowed five earned runs in four innings.

Sutton started the rally in the bottom half of the second for WSSU with a single to center. After loading the bases, Spinks delivered a four-run homer to clear the bases and give the Lady Rams a 4-0 lead.

In the third inning, Shore would strike out the first two UMES batters before Stewart tripled. Heineken followed with a walk and advanced to second on a stolen base. With two out and two on, Saunders singled down the right field line to bring in both runners and make it 4-2.



The Lady Rams responded quickly as Bonika Terry tripled to left field and would score on the throw to the infield, which made it 5-2.

WSSU scored six unanswered runs in the fourth behind Shore who helped her own cause by knocking in two with a single through the right side.

UMES loaded the bases with two out in the top half of the fifth but to no avail as they left all three stranded.

The Lady Hawks managed to score a couple of more runs in the second game but unfortunately WSSU hot batting did not let up as they collected 10 hits on their way to a 12-4 victory in five innings of play.

Ashley Boswell was credited with the win after pitching five innings, allowing two earned runs and striking out six. She helped her own cause by going 2-2 at the plate with an RBI and a run.

Again, UMES made things interesting as Saunders started a fourth inning rally with a single to right field. She would score on a bundle of errors the next play that allowed Mishayla Truttman (Gresham, Ore./Gresham H.S.) to reach third base as well. Heineken doubled to left to bring Truttman home, which was followed by a Kaminine Jeeuth (Brooklyn, N.Y./Monroe College) double to center to score her. The scoring was capped off by an Ashlee Baker (Sierra Vista, Ariz./Tombstone H.S.) sacrifice fly that made it 7-4.

WSSU came back with a pair of runs in the fourth and three in the fifth, including a Shore single to right field that brought in two runners to end the game.

A four run inning in the third stretched the Lady Rams lead to 7-0. Most of the damage came as Shore tripled to left field to bring in a run and scored on the same play after beating out the throw home. Shore finished a perfect 2-2 with three RBIs and a walk.

Saunders once again led the Lady Hawks as she went 2-3 with an RBI and run. Truttman, Heineken, and Jeeuth picked up the other three runs and RBIs, while the latter two along with Baker claimed the remaining three RBIs. Meanwhile, Truttman took the loss as she allowed six earned runs in four innings of work.

UMES continues their North Carolina swing with a doubleheader against North Carolina Central tomorrow, March 19 beginning at 1:00 p.m.