UMES LOSES STEAM AGAINST LADY RAMS
April 19, 2009
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - A strong wind was blowing out to left at Lady Hawks Field Sunday afternoon as the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) and Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) combined for four homeruns on the day, each sailing over the left field fence. The two teams split the double-header with UMES taking the first game 11-7 and the Lady Rams pulling out the nightcap 8-0.
Inde Whitehurst (Virginia Beach, Va.) saw her 11th start of the season in the opener. She pitched seven innings and gave up seven runs on eight hits while striking out seven. Whitehurst (7-5) faltered early, but finished strong to earn the win.
UMES opened up hitting on the day with back-to-back singles by Ebony Hahn (Groveport, Ohio) and Kayla Nelson (Apple Valley, Calif.) in the bottom of the second inning. Kristi Miranda (Houston, Texas) bunted for a hit to load the bases, marking her second hit in eight games, officially end her slump at the plate.
WSSU pitcher Amanda Shore then balked to advance the runners and score Hahn. Cassandra Carlos (Norwalk, Calif.) sent a shot to center, scoring both Nelson and Miranda, and put UMES up 3-0.
The Lady Rams responded in the top of the third inning with Leslie Hollis sparking the rally by hitting a double over Miranda's head in left field. Hollis advanced to third on the play in the first of many Lady Hawk miscues of the inning.
WSSU went up 4-3 before Whitehurst struck out the side. Rebounding, the Lady Hawks found their strength in the bottom of the fourth.
Shore walked Miranda and Whitehurst bunted for a single to start the rally. After Carlos grounded out to move both runners in scoring position, Whitehurst slipped to third and Miranda came across on a wild pitch. Shore walked the remaining bases loaded and senior captain Kendra Saunders (Mississauga, Canada) took full advantage, hitting a two-run single to left field.
Hahn, taking a cue from Saunders, then smashed the first homerun of the day over the left field fence. She finished 3-for-6 with three RBI to lead the team.
UMES ended the fourth inning up 10-4. The Lady Rams would get three more across before the end of the contest. Shore (8-15) received the loss.
The Lady Hawks fell behind early and ran out of steam in the finale. WSSU pulled in four runs on two hits to go ahead 5-0 in the top of the second inning and never looked back. Elyon Taylor pitched the seven inning shutout allowing just two hits. Hannah Mills (Parksley, Va.) received the loss UMES and dropped to 6-3 on the season.
UMES will stay home to face Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference rival Norfolk State University of April 22. The double-header is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. on Lady Hawks Field.