UMES SOFTBALL MAKES VALIANT COMEBACK IN 6-5 WIN OVER MORGAN STATE
March 22, 2008
HAMPTON, Va. - After finding themselves down two runs, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) Softball team put up four in the fourth inning and held on for a 6-5 victory over Morgan State University on Saturday at Briarfield Park.
Not only did UMES (7-13) avoid a possible third straight defeat to MSU in the tournament but they also advanced to the championship game where they will face host Hampton in a rematch from day one. The Lady Hawks lost that contest, 4-0.
Bonnie Heineken (North Pole, Alaska/North Pole H.S.) worked all seven innings for the win, allowing four earned runs, eight hits, and striking out three, while Porsche Boddicker took the loss for MSU, giving up four earned runs and five hits in three and two third innings.
The Lady Hawks were paced by Kaminine Jeeuth (Brooklyn, N.Y./Monroe College) who finished one-of-three at the plate, with three RBIs and a run. Cassandra Carlos (Diamond Bar, Calif./Diamond Ranch H.S.) also added two RBIs, while Jaleesa Lewis (Milford, Del./Milford H.S.) contributed with one. Both Kendra Saunders (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada/Streetsville Secondary School) and Heineken had two hits each.
MSU was led offensively by Dominisha Britton with two hits, two RBIs, and a run. Boddicker helped her own cause as she had a pair of hits to go along with a run, while both Ashley Vasquez and Carolynn Howard chipped in with an RBI and run apiece.
UMES got on the board first as Jeeuth brought in two runs after reaching base on an error by Boddicker to make it 2-0.
Nonetheless, the Lady Bears would quickly tie it up with a Britton base hit to second base that scored two. Vasquez and Howard followed suit with an RBI each to give MSU the 4-2 lead at the conclusion of two innings.
Jeeuth would ignite a UMES rally in the fourth inning with a single to right center that scored Heineken and cut the lead to one. Carlos extended the inning with a two out RBI triple down the left field line that brought home both Jeeuth and Ashlee Baker (Sierra Vista, Ariz./Tombstone H.S.). Lewis capped off the surge with a base hit to left field to bring in Carlos and give the Lady Hawks a 6-4 advantage.
The Lady Bears would load the bases with two out in the final inning, setting the stage for a dramatic finish. The game tightened up following a wild pitch in which Megan Jimenez scored to make it 6-5, but to no avail as the next batter grounded out to Heineken. MSU left 11 runners on base, while UMES stranded six.
UMES will now face host Hampton at 4:00 p.m. in the tournament championship game.