LADY HAWKS TREK SOUTH TO COMPETE IN N.C. A&T INVITATIONAL
Feb. 21, 2013
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – The University of Maryland Eastern Shore softball will look to expand on its 3-1 record this weekend as the Lady Hawks will compete in the North Carolina A&T Tournament in Greensboro, N.C. UMES took three-of-four from St. Peter’s College two weekends ago after the team hit .339 with 10 extra base hits. It was a combined team effort across the four games as the Hawks had two late inning victories, including a 10-9 victory in eight innings in the series third game.
The tournament was originally slated to begin on Friday, Feb. 22, but has been postponed due to inclement weather in the Greensboro area. A new time schedule has not been released yet, but the Hawks will open up on Saturday with St. Francis (N.Y.) before squaring off with Canisius later in the day. The Hawks conclude play in the tournament with action against Manhattan and N.C. A&T on Sunday.
UMES is off to its best start in 21 years as they Lady Hawks won three of four games two weekends ago. They swept a doubleheader to open up 2013, which was the first for the Lady Hawks since April 1, 2009. The three total wins equaled the amount of wins at Hawk Field for UMES in 42 games prior to it, dating back to late 2009. The wins also snapped UMES’ 35 game losing streak.
On Feb. 13, freshman third baseman Trenece Nash (Decatur, Ga.) was named MEAC Player of the Week. She collected the award after hitting .583 with three doubles and nine RBI in four games. She began her collegiate career with the game-winning hit in UMES’ first game of the year. Nash singled home the winning run on her first collegiate hit in the fifth inning of the contest. In Saturday’s nightcap, she walked three times and scored two runs. Nash combined to go 6-for-9 on Sunday with three doubles and eight RBI, including a 4-for-4 effort in the final game of the series.
Freshman Vanessa Gomez (Belleville, N.J.) has opened up the season by stealing eight of her first nine bases. She began her collegiate career with five stolen bases against St. Peter’s, before notching three across the next three games. She has also picked up eight total bases and is hitting .471 on the year.
The Lady Hawks have recorded 27 RBI through their first four games of the year, which is nearly half of what they accumulated all of last season. Nash leads the team with nine RBI, while King has five and three others have three. A total of eight women have recorded RBI on the year.
The UMES pitching staff is off to its best start in over a decade. Senior Carmen Gurrola (Arleta, Calif.) is the driving force for the Lady Hawks as she is 3-0 with a 3.20 ERA. Gurrola has allowed just two walks in 19.2 innings and has appeared in every game for UMES thus far. UMES has allowed just six walks in 29 innings altogether.
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