LADY HAWKS RALLY COMES UP SHORT IN HOME FINALE
May 4, 2014
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – On a gorgeous, sunny day in Princess Anne, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) softball team fell short to Delaware State University (DSU), 8-4, in their home season finale. In the contest, the Lady Hawks said farewell to a trio of seniors: Chelsea Alston (Matawan, N.J.); Carmen Frazier (Montgomery Village, Md.); and Cherokee Williams (Upper Marlboro, Md.). Additionally, UMES Softball head coach Sam Douglas recognized all seniors, including DSU’s Samantha Gross and Rachel Meagley.
“Today was for the seniors,” said Coach Douglas. “Chelsea (Alston), Cherokee (Williams), and Carmen (Frazier) were a pleasure to coach and (Samantha) Gross and Rachael (Meagley) were great to compete against over the years. I wish all these ladies the very best as they pursue their career of interest.”
With the setback, Maryland Eastern Shore dropped to 7-40 overall (4-12 MEAC) whereas the Lady Hornets improved to 32-15 (15-3 MEAC) on the season. The victory for Delaware State clinched the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Northern Division Title while the loss disqualified the Lady Hawks from postseason play.
On the day, the UMES seniors went 5-of-10 collectively. Alston recorded three hits, including a triple, while Frazier and Williams each registered a RBI in the loss.
Delaware State scored on an error to take an early lead after one, 1-0. In the third, the Lady Hornets tallied two more runs to take a commanding lead, 3-0. Maryland Eastern Shore responded with a safety squeeze from Williams, bringing home Alston, and cropped the deficit, 3-1.
After back-to-back scoreless innings in the fourth and fifth, Delaware State added a run in the six to push their lead back to three, 4-1, but UMES continued to battle back.
With one out, Williams had an infield single, followed by a stolen base. Up next, Frazier delivered a RBI-double to left center, driving home Williams, and trimmed DSU’s lead, 4-2. Next at-bat, junior Morgan King (Danville, Ill.) singled and both, Frazier and King, advanced on the throw, putting runners in scoring position. With one out and runners on second and third, sophomore Trenece Nash (Decatur, Ga.) tied the game with a two RBI-single to centerfield, 4-4. After seven innings of play, both clubs were deadlocked, 4-4, forcing extra innings.
In the top of the eighth, the Lady Hornets reclaimed the lead, posting four runs, including a two-run shot from DSU’s Rochelle Sablay. Maryland Eastern Shore never gave up, but could not muster a second comeback as they lost, 8-4.
For the Lady Hornets, they collected eight runs on 15 hits, led by Nicole Gazzola, Jordan Stamps, and Danielle Velez. Gazzola, Stamps, and Velez each registered three hits in the victory.
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