LADY HAWKS SPLIT SATURDAY SERIES WITH MORGAN STATE
April 28, 2013
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – It was a little mixture of everything on Saturday at Hawk Field as the University of Maryland Eastern Shore softball team split a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference doubleheader with Morgan State. UMES opened with a 6-0 loss in the opener, before winning the nightcap, 13-10. The doubleheader included pitchers duels, hitting displays and execution from each team.
UMES (13-30, 4-9 MEAC) was led in the doubleheader by freshman Vanessa Gomez (Belleville, N.J.) and senior Carmen Gurrola (Arleta, Calif.) Gomez was 4-for-7 with three runs, one RBI and a triple. She stole her 30th base of the season in the opener and upped her streak of consecutive games getting on base to 17 with productive efforts in both. Gurrola threw 13.2 innings on the day and absorbed both losses, but fanned six strikeouts with just one walk. She was 3-for-4 in the nightcap with two runs and four RBI. Senior Jasmine James (Willingboro, N.J.) went deep in the second game and had three RBI.
The Lady Hawks and Morgan State (6-32, 4-10 MEAC) locked up in a low scoring affair in game one. The game was scoreless through the first six innings of play as just five hits were seen altogether. In the seventh, things unraveled for the Lady Hawks. Morgan State sent 10 batters to the plate in the inning as they tallied six runs on five hits. UMES was unable to do any damage in the seventh, despite Gomez singling with one out.
The nightcap was a much different affair between the two. The Lady Hawks banged out a season-high 18 hits and had six players register multi-hit contests. The team also had four players with at least two RBI.
After giving up a seven spot in the first, the team responded with six of their own in the bottom of the frame.
Gomez led off with a triple and James singled to put runners on with none away. Gurrola would single home the pair the next hitter, before freshman Trenece Nash (Decatur, Ga.) walked. Gurrola came home on an RBI single by sophomore Morgan King (Danville, Ill.) and senior Belen Benitez (Los Angeles, Calif.) made the score 7-5 with another hit. UMES capped its scoring in the inning after Gomez provided an RBI single to post her second hit of the inning.
UMES was able to take the lead as Gurrola would hold the Bears offense quiet over the next three innings. King tied the score with an RBI single to score Gurrola in the second, before Gurrola doubled home Gomez and junior Chelsea Alston (Matawan, N.J.) in the third.
Morgan State would work its way back into the game as it made the 9-7 game interesting in the fifth. The Bears would tie the score with two runs in the inning, but UMES went on to score four of the game’s next five runs to walk away with the victory.
MSU had two players hit homers in the second contest and amassed 16 hits themselves. The team played errorless softball the entire day and saw Eades toss a complete-game shutout in the opener.
The Lady Hawks will play their final homer games of the 2013 season with a doubleheader against Central Connecticut State on Wednesday, May 1 beginning at 1 p.m.