LADY HAWKS FALL TO COPPIN STATE IN MEAC PLAY
April 1, 2014
BALTIMORE – Days after their original scheduled bout, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) softball team fell to Coppin State University (CSU) in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) doubleheader at Coppin State Softball Complex, 4-0 and 11-3, respectively.
With both setbacks, the Lady Hawks saw their three-game winning streak snapped while dropping to 6-26 overall (3-2 MEAC). On the other hand, CSU picked up their first two conference victories of the season and moved to 5-11 (2-3 MEAC) on the season.
UMES registered five hits in Game One, led by sophomore Vanessa Gomez (Belleville, N.J.). The New Jersey-native notched her second three-plus hit game of the season after going 3-of-4 from the plate. Fellow sophomore Trenece Nash (Decatur, Ga.) and freshman Allison Anderson (Colorado Springs, Colo.) also recorded a hit in the Game One loss.
After giving up a first-inning run to the Eagles, sophomore Abria Tinsley (Sewell, N.J.) settled down and provided the Lady Hawks with a solid pitching performance. Over the next four innings, Tinsley allowed no runs while striking out six batters, finishing her today with seven K’s total. Despite the strong performance, Maryland Eastern Shore could not find any offensive rhythm as they were held scoreless during the span too. In the bottom six, the Eagles created separation as they added three runs and won by the final score, 4-0.
For CSU, Alyssa Barker threw a shutout as she pitched all seven innings, allowing no runs and struck out four Lady Hawks in the Game One victory.
In Game Two, senior Chelsea Alston (Matawan, N.J.) went a perfect 2-for-2 inside the batter’s box, including a double, while scoring twice. Gomez drove in two RBIs while freshman Alexis Hudson (Laurel, Del.) batted 1-of-2 and a run scored.
Maryland Eastern Shore took a quick lead after Gomez doubled to right-centerfield, driving in Alston, 1-0. Coppin State answered with seven first-inning runs to take a commanding lead , 7-1. A long ball from CSU’s Gabriel Ziller extended the Eagles lead, 8-1, but UMES refused to go down without a fight.
In the top of the third, Hudson opened the inning with a lead-off single up-the-middle. Next at-bat, Alston delivered a RBI-double to trim the deficit, 8-2. A Coppin State miscue allowed another run to score, 8-3, giving the Lady Hawks life. In the bottom third, the Eagles scored a run to push their lead back to six, 9-3, and they were able to end the contest early after a two-run bomb from CSU’s Samantha Denlinger sealed the win for the Eagles, 11-3.
For Coppin State, they collected 11 runs on nine hits, led by Ziller and Kimberlynn Brown each registering two hits. Barker provided another solid game as she went seven innings, allowing three runs and struck out four UMES players in the Game Two win.
Tomorrow (04/02), Maryland Eastern Shore travels to Newark, Del. to face the University of Delaware in a non-conference doubleheader. First-pitches are slated for 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. (EST), respectively.
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