UMES TO ENGAGE IN MEAC/SWAC BATTLE AT TINY LASTER TOURNAMENT
Feb. 27, 2013
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – The University of Maryland Eastern Shore softball will travel to Alabama this weekend as the Lady Hawks are set to engage in the 6th Annual HBCU Softball Classic Tiny Laster Tournament in Irondale, Ala. The tournament will feature ten teams altogether with five Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference teams, four Southwestern Athletic Conference members and Division II program, Miles College. The women will play one game on Friday, followed by a doubleheader on Saturday and a single game on Sunday.
UMES is hitting .313 as a team and have three players hitting at least .400. The Lady Hawks will head into the tournament with a 3-4 record, the most wins through seven games for a Hawk team since 2009. UMES has scored at least four runs in every contest this year. The team is being led by senior Jasmine James (Willingboro, N.J.), who is hitting .474 and is a perfect 18-for-18 in the field. Freshman Trenece Nash (Decatur, Ga.) and sophomore Morgan King (Danville, Ill.) each have a team-high 10 RBI, while freshman Vanessa Gomez (Belleville, N.J.) is tied for the MEAC-high with eight bases.
After going 3-1 in its season-opening series, the Lady Hawks dropped three consecutive matches at the N.C. A&T Tournament. The women opened up with an 11-4 loss to St. Francis (Pa.) on Sunday, before dropping a 7-4 decision to Canisius and an 11-10 thriller against the tournament hosts. Senior Carmen Gurrola (Arleta, Calif.) struck out six in five innings against St. Francis, while six Hawks had two hits between both of Sunday’s games. UMES erupted with a five-run fifth inning to take a 10-9 lead against N.C. A&T in the tournament’s final game, but were unable to hold the lead as a pair of late runs by the Aggies proved to be the difference.
Sophomore Morgan King (Danville, Ill.) hit for the cycle for UMES against North Carolina A&T on Monday. She opened the game with a two-run homer in the third, before registering a double in the fourth and her first career triple in the fifth. She ended the day with a two-out single to keep the game alive in the seventh. For her efforts, she was also named to the All-Tournament Team.
The Lady Hawk pitching staff has been extremely efficient through seven games. Led by senior Carmen Gurrola (Arleta, Calif.), the team has walked just seven hitters through 49 innings. The team has had three women record action on the hill this year with Gurrola walking just three in 36 innings, senior Belen Benitez (E. Los Angeles, Calif.) with four in 11 innings, and freshman Ina Chestnut (Clinton, Md.) without any passes through one. The trio has thrown just two wild pitches as well, compared to 10 from Hawk opponents.
The Lady Hawks have recorded 40 RBI through their first seven games of the year, which is almost 60-percent of what they accumulated all of last season. Nash and King lead the team with10 RBI, while Gurrola and sophomore Carmen Frazier (Montgomery Village, Md.) each have four. A total of ten women have recorded RBI on the year.
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.
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