LADY HAWKS WIN ONE OF TWO AGAINST S.C. STATE
March 20, 2013
ORANGEBURG, S.C. – Senior Jasmine James (Willingboro, N.J.) went 2-for-3 in both games to lead the University of Maryland Eastern Shore softball team to a doubleheader split against South Carolina State on Tuesday. UMES fell in the first contest by a score of 8-1, before the women regrouped with a 10-9 victory in game two. The doubleheader split gives UMES the second-best record in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference North Division as well as fourth overall in the entire conference.
UMES (9-15) was led in the doubleheader with S.C. State (11-12) by James, who combined to go 4-for-6 with one RBI and one run. Sophomore Morgan King (Danville, Ill.) and junior Chelsea Alston (Matawan, N.J.) each posted two RBI in game two ,while junior Cherokee Williams (Upper Marlboro, Md.) walked three times and senior Belen Benitez (E. Los Angeles, Calif.) fanned five in the nightcap for the complete-game win.
The Lady Hawks fell behind in the opener as S.C. State scored three in the first and one in the second. The lead remained the same into the fourth as UMES was unable to make any noise against Lady Bulldog starter, Vianney Gomez (8-5). The fourth saw UMES bring its deficit to within two after Williams walked and stole second to open the frame. She would come around to score with two outs after a single by James.
The damage was all the maroon and gray would do in the game, as S.C. State posted a three-spot in the bottom of the inning and an insurance run in the fifth. Gomez stymied the UMES bats the rest of the way to give the Lady Bulldogs the victory.
UMES and S.C. State each went quiet in the first inning of game two, before fireworks would erupt across the next two innings. The Lady Hawks opened the scoring in the contest when James singled and freshman Trenece Nash (Decatur, Ga.) and Benitez each walked to load the bases. A single by freshman Emily Diseroad (Manchester, Md.) plated James, but Nash was thrown out at third and Alston grounded out to end the rally.
The Lady Bulldogs would run off with five runs on four hits and one error in their share of the second, before UMES posted its second largest inning of the season in the third. The first three batters reached base safely in the inning and King would plate would plate two with a single. James sent home senior Carmen Gurrola (Arleta, Calif.) the next at-bat and King stole home to even the score at five.
Nash gave UMES a 6-5 lead when she scored on a wild pitch and Alston upped the advantage to three runs when she put a ball in play to score Diseroad and Benitez.
The 12 run outbreak between the two teams was all the scoring the game would have until the sixth, when S.C. State tallied a lone run to make the score 8-6. UMES was silent again in the top of the seventh and looked to have sealed the game as Benitez retired the first two Lady Bulldog batters of the inning.
S.C. State’s Gomez singled with two outs and moved to third on a double by Jazmine Robinson. An error by UMES allowed both runs to score to even the game, but Benitez would bare down and induce a groundout to third to send the game to extras.
UMES scored two in the extra frame as a ball put in play by Gurrola was mishandled by the S.C. State shortstop. The error allowed both Williams and Alston to score to give the Lady Hawks a two-run advantage, 10-8. Benitez would get the first two batters out in the bottom half of the inning, but after allowing a run the next batter, she struck out the final hitter looking to end the game. The win provides UMES with its third consecutive series split.
UMES returns to action on Saturday, March 23, when the women travel to Howard for a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. The game will be the first for UMES in the MEAC North this season.