LADY HAWKS SWEPT BY COPPIN STATE
March 30, 2013
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore softball team was swept in a doubleheader on Saturday as the Lady Hawks fell in a pair of games to Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference foe, Coppin State, at Hawk Field. The women dropped a 7-2 decision in game one, before falling 5-1 in the nightcap. With the losses, UMES falls to 10-18 overall and 2-3 in the MEAC.
UMES saw four players hit safely in both games and was led by the performance of senior Carmen Gurrola (Arleta, Calif.), who went 3-for-6 and logged the complete-game effort on the mound in game two. Freshman Vanessa Gomez (Belleville, N.J.) and senior Belen Benitez (E. Los Angeles, Calif.) each hit safely in both games and scored one run, while junior Chelsea Alston (Matawan, N.J.) had two hits and tallied an RBI. Despite not allowing an earned run, Benitez was saddled with the complete-game loss in the nightcap.
UMES was unable to put much together in the opener against CSU starter Alyssa Barker. The Lady Hawks combined for just four hits in the match to CSU's 13. The Lady Eagles took a 3-0 lead with a trio of runs in the first, before notching another two in the third to take a five-run advantage. Gurrola would surrender a single tally in the fourth but UMES scored two in the fifth to make the game interesting.
Gomez doubled to left-center to lead off the frame, before she scored on an RBI by recent MEAC Player of the Week, sophomore Morgan King (Danville, Ill.). King scored a short time later on a ball in play by James.
Barker would throw her fifth scoreless frame of the game in the seventh as she retired three consecutive Lady Hawks to send UMES to its second conference loss of the year.
The UMES offense was quiet in the second game as well. Benitez was fantastic on the mound as she allowed just three hits and fanned two over seven innings. She allowed a pair of unearned runs in the first after an error in the outfield proved to be costly, but it was all CSU would get until the latter stages of the game.
The only scoring in the game for the Lady Hawks came in the third. With two away, Alston singled, advanced to second on a wild pitch and came around to score on an RBI single up the middle by Benitez.
UMES and Coppin State (7-15) engaged in a tight affair over the next several frames as each offense was unable to put anything together. CSU's Danielle Smith moved the Coppin State advantage to four, 5-1, in the fifth when she hit an inside the park homerun to right field. The effort proved to be too much for the Lady Hawks to overcome as CSU went on to win its second consecutive match against UMES.
The women look to take the final game of the series when they host Coppin State today, March 30, at 12 p.m.