UMES TAKES HAMPTON TO EXTRAS, FALL IN TWO MEAC CONTESTS
April 20, 2013
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – The University of Maryland Eastern Shore softball team took Hampton down to the wire in Saturday’s opener, but the Lady Hawks would ultimately fall in eight innings as the squad dropped a pair of games to the Lady Pirates at Hawk Field. Since taking the final game of its series at Norfolk State two weeks ago, UMES has now lost six consecutive contests. The decisions on Saturday move the team’s record to 11-27 and 3-8 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
The Lady Hawks swiped seven bags between the two games. Sophomore Morgan King (Danville, Ill.) took three in the second game, while freshman Vanessa Gomez (Belleville, N.J.) stole one in each. Senior Carmen Gurrola (Arleta, Calif.) pitched 13 innings between the two games and allowed six earned runs. Gomez was 3-for-7 on the day with a double and King collected two hits and two runs in the nightcap.
After falling behind by one to open the game, the Hawks evened the affair at 1-1 in the bottom of the first. Gomez opened with a walk and stole second a short time later. She came home two batters later after a laser by Gurrola was misplayed by the HU right fielder. UMES added a run in the second when junior Chelsea Alston (Matawan, N.J.) singled home junior Cherokee Williams (Upper Marlboro, Md.).
The game would go scoreless for the next three innings, before Hampton (22-21, 10-1) added two runs to take a 3-2 lead. The Lady Hawks would put runners on second and third with one out in the sixth, before junior Carmen Frazier (Montgomery Village, Md.) evened the game by sending home Gurrola with an RBI groundout. The rally was thwarted the next hitter when HU starter Jailynn Jackson fanned the next UMES hitter.
Both teams would go silent in the seventh, but Hampton hit fire in the extra frame. Margaret Wilkins led off with a single, but Gurrola appeared to thwart the rally by retiring the next two HU hitters. A pair of singles came next to plate one run, before Hampton tacked on an insurance run courtesy of a Hawk error. UMES put runners on first and second with two outs but were unable to make a final stand.
UMES opened up the second game with a 2-0 lead after one. Gomez singled, stole second and scored on an RBI single by senior Jasmine James (Willingboro, N.J.). Freshman Trenece Nash doubled home James a short time later to move UMES’ advantage to two runs. The lead would not last for long as Hampton put up three in the second and six in the third to take a 9-2 lead after three. Another run by the Lady Pirates in the fourth brought the UMES deficit to eight, but the Lady Hawks would come back with two of their own.
Senior Belen Benitez and King each singled to open the fourth. Benitez came around on a ball in play by Williams and King stole home the next batter. Hampton would go scoreless the rest of the way, but the damage was done as UMES could muster out just two more runs across the next few innings.
Hampton’s Taylor McCoy was the big performer on the day as she was 6-for-9 with two runs and two RBIs. Carla Trimble tripled in the second game, while Wilkins had three RBI in the nightcap. Benitez (2-12) and Gurrola (9-15) were each credited with the loss in each of their starts.
UMES looks to salvage the series with Hampton tomorrow, April 21, when the Lady Hawks take on HU at Hawk Field at noon.