UMES SOFTBALL DROPS MEAC CONTESTS AT NORFOLK ST.
April 6, 2013
NORFOLK, Va. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore softball team was unable to come away with a victory on Saturday as the Lady Hawks dropped both ends of a doubleheader against Norfolk State at the NSU Softball Field. The women lost the opener 4-3 in ten innings, before dropping the nightcap 8-5. With the losses, the Lady Hawks have now lost five consecutive Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference matches.
UMES (10-21, 2-6 MEAC) was led by the performance of senior Carmen Gurrola (Arleta, Calif.), who pitched in both games and allowed just one earned run in nearly 14 innings. Junior Cherokee Williams (Upper Marlboro, Md.) led the women with four hits on the day and joined sophomore Morgan King (Danville, Ill.) as one of two Lady Hawks to register three hits in Saturday's nightcap.
In the opener, the two teams were each scoreless through the first three innings of play. UMES drew first blood in the fourth after King and senior Jasmine James (Willingboro, N.J.) each recorded RBI singles as the women took a 2-0 lead. Norfolk State (15-17, 8-0 MEAC) responded with a pair of unearned runs in the bottom of the inning, before the game went scoreless into the seventh.
King singled to open up the seventh and moved to third two batters later on a single by freshman Trenece Nash (Decatur, Ga.). King would score the next hitter after freshman Emily Diseroad (Manchester, Md.) singled her home. The UMES rally was thwarted a short time later after NSU recorded a doubleplay on a baserunning blunder by the maroon and gray.
The teams would each go quiet through the next two innings, before NSU finished off the game in the 10th after the runner placed on second scored on an RBI single by Haley Ward.
The nightcap was a much different story as the Lady Spartans recorded 11 hits and seven runs through the first two innings of play. UMES brought the score to within six as freshman Vanessa Gomez (Belleville, N.J.) ripped an RBI single to score Williams. The Lady Hawks would score four more in the fourth, highlighted by a two RBI double by Gurrola.
UMES' runs in the inning brought its deficit to three runs, but the women were unable to bring the game any closer. With the win, Norfolk State swept Saturday's doubleheader and remain undefeated (7-0) in conference play.
UMES returns to action tommorow, Sunday, April 7 at noon when the women conclude their three game set against Norfolk State with a single match.