LADY HAWKS EARN SPLIT WITH BOWIE STATE, WIN NIGHTCAP 7-2
April 6, 2011
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - The Lady Hawks continued their strong home stand getting their second win in three tries with a 7-2 defeat of Bowie State University (BSU) in the nightcap of a doubleheader played today at Lady Hawks Field. The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) got a complete game from Carmen Gurrola (Arleta, Calif.), who allowed just two earned runs and only one walk while striking out six to earn her third win of the season.
The Hawks dropped game one to the Bulldogs 8-6.
In the second game the Lady Hawks scored in every inning but the fourth and sixth, consistently plating runs while keeping Bowie State off the board. BSU opened the game plating Danielle McClay after she doubled to left center to give them a 1-0 lead, but they wouldn't score again until the fifth inning.
By that time UMES had a 5-1 lead. They scored two in the first as Amber Corrigan (Montgomery, N.Y.) led-off with a walk and promptly swiped second base. She would go to third on a Lisa Bates (Blauvelt, N.Y.) ground out and then score on a Charlise Castro (Saugerties, N.Y.) sacrifice fly to left. Jasmine James (Willingboro, N.J.) would then hit a two-out single through the right side and go all the way to third with good base running after a wild pitch by Megan Alexander. Alexander had a hard time keeping it over the plate for most of the game as a second wild pitch plated James for the second run. In all she would walk nine, hit a batter and throw five wild pitches, earning the loss.
Alexander's consistency wasn't the only problem for the Bulldogs. They would make five errors in the game. Two of those came in the second inning as Gurrola, who walked to start the inning, would advance to second on an error on a failed pick off and later score on a throwing error by the catcher, Adria Lewis, who tried to cut down Corrigan stealing second.
The Hawks, now up 3-1, would add two in the third inning. James drew a one out walk and went to second on a single by Ashley Johnson (Temple Hills, Md.). They would both move up a base on a relay throw error by the center fielder Kristen Lee. Another wild pitch plated James and Johnson would come across on a Cy'Anna Scott (Paterson, N.J.) single up the middle. Scott was 2-4 in the game with that RBI.
The Bulldogs got a run back in the fifth when McClay hit a two-out triple to left and scored on a Lewis single to right. UMES would have none of the comeback attempt however, plating two in the bottom of the inning, taking advantage of an error, a wild pitch and a pair of singles from Corrigan and Bates.
The Hawks played errorless ball in game two. "This is what happens when we do what we are supposed to do," said head coach Sam Douglas. "When we play like we are capable of playing we should win, we showed that in game two."
That was the problem for UMES in game one. They scored six runs on nine hits, but allowed a six-run fourth inning by Bowie State where they made one of their six errors in the game. The Bulldogs had 14 hits in the game and only two errors.
The Lady Hawks started well, taking a 2-0 lead when Kyrus Whitehurst (Virginia Beach, Va.) tripled to right to bring home Corrigan who led-off with a single. Castro doubled to left to plate Whitehurst but the next three Hawks went down in order.
The Lady Bulldogs got one back in the second but UMES answered with a Chelsea Myers (Salina, Kansas) triple to right and a two-out single by Corrigan to bring her home. Myers would go 2-3 in the game with a pair of runs.
UMES added a fourth run in the third as Castro led-off with a double to left center and scored on a James single to right.
Then Bowie State got going. With one out they would get a single from Megan Alexander, followed by a Justine Smith double to right center that put Alexander on third. McClay would reach on an error by James at short that scored Alexander and put Smith on third; both would then score on a Lewis double to left. Down 6-4, the Bulldogs weren't done. With two outs BSU would rally to score three more. Lee singled home Lewis and Amanda Ray would double to center to put both in scoring position. A wild pitch from Corrigan would plate Lee while Renelle Traylor would single to left to plate Ray and give Bowie State a 7-6 lead.
The Bulldogs added a run in the sixth to make the final margin 8-6.
Corrigan would get the loss, allowing 13 hits and eight runs. Six of those runs would be unearned do the Hawk's six errors. She walked a pair and struck out one. Meriela Hernandez would get the win for Bowie State, throwing a complete game, allowing nine hits, six runs, four earned and striking out five.
The split improves UMES to 6-25 and puts Bowie State at 12-13.
On the day UMES got some impressive outings as Amber Corrigan went a combined 4-6 with three runs and an RBI and Charlise Castro went 3-5 with a run and three RBI. Whitehurst added a pair of RBI and Jasmine James was solid at the dish scoring twice and collecting an RBI.
The Hawks continue their home stand this weekend as they host Delaware State in a conference series. They are schedule for a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 1:00 p.m. and play the third game Sunday at the same time. Saturday is also Breast Cancer Awareness Day as the softball team along with baseball and men's and women's tennis will all work to raise awareness of the horrible disease.