LADY HAWKS DISMANTLE ELIZABETH CITY STATE, 22-0
March 22, 2008
HAMPTON, Va. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) Softball team made quick work of Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) as they cruised to an easy 22-0 victory in four innings on Saturday at Briarfield Park.
With the win, UMES upped their overall record to 6-13 and moved on in the Hampton Tournament where they will face Morgan State for a third time.
The Lady Hawks had 10 different batters record a hit and nine of them produce RBIs as they scored an incredible 18 runs in the second inning. They topped their previous mark this season of 14 runs in an inning against the very same ECSU team.
Marielle Garcia (Bronx, N.Y./Monroe College) picked up the complete game win for the Lady Hawks as she fell just shy of completing the no-hitter, giving up no earned runs, one hit, striking out seven, and walking only two batters.
A Maishiyah Brown base hit in the top half of the fourth broke up the Garcia no-hitter. It was one of only three times a Lady Viking would reach base with the other two coming on walks.
Asha Martin took the loss for ECSU, giving up six earned runs, 14 hits, and 11 walks in four innings of work.
The Lady Hawks pounded out 14 hits behind Kaminine Jeeuth (Brooklyn, N.Y./Monroe College) who went two-of-three from the plate, with four RBIs and three runs. Both Shakeyah Habib (Lanham, Md./Parkdale H.S.) and Jaleesa Lewis (Milford, Del./Milford H.S.) added three RBIs and a hit each. Chelsea Logan (Trenton, N.J./Trenton Catholic Academy), Kendra Saunders (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada/Streetsville Secondary School), Brooke Downey (Salisbury, Md./Wicomico H.S.), and Garcia also finished with two RBIs, while the latter three each had two hits as well.
UMES plated 8 runs in the second inning, including a Downey base hit to right field to score a pair and a Saunders single to center field that brought in two more runners, before ECSU could record an out. The Lady Hawks would go on to score eight more runs that featured Jeeuth and Lewis scoring a pair each to make it 18-0.
After adding a run in the third, the Lady Hawks would go on to score three more in the fourth behind two RBI singles from Jeeuth and Garcia before the game was called due to the mercy rule.
The Lady Hawks will now face Morgan State beginning at 1:00 p.m. with the winner advancing to play in the championship game against Hampton later today.