UMES SOFTBALL LOOKS TO END LOSING SKID AT HAMPTON TOURNAMENT
March 7, 2013
HAMPTON, Va. – The University of Maryland Eastern Shore softball team will head to the Hampton Roads this weekend as the Lady Hawks are scheduled to participate in the Hampton University Tournament. The tournament features a five-team field as Canisius, Central Connecticut, Delaware and Siena will all be present. UMES will open up with Siena on Friday, before taking on Central Connecticut and Canisius on Saturday. The women will conclude play with Delaware on Sunday.
The Lady Hawks are being led by senior Jasmine James (Willingboro, N.J.), who is leading the team with a .379 batting average and a team-high 11 runs. James is one of four women hitting over .300 as sophomore Morgan King (Danville, Va.), freshman Vanessa Gomez (Belleville, N.J.) and freshman Trenece Nash (Decatur, Ga.) are the others. Senior Carmen Gurrola (Arleta, Calif.) is the workhouse for the women on the mound with nearly 54 innings logged and a 4.57 ERA in 10 games.
The games will all be done with live stats courtersy of the Hampton University Sports Information Department. A tournament homepage has been set up for the event and fans can access it from the following link:
UMES dropped four contests in the 6th Annual HBCU Classic Tiny Laster Tournament in Irondale, Ala., last weekend. The team opened with a 5-2 loss to Mississippi Valley State, before falling to Tennessee State and Alabama A&M on Saturday. UMES concluded the weekend with a 5-0 loss to MVS on Sunday. Gomez was the top performer for the team as she was 3-for-9 with four RBI and one run.
Junior Cherokee Williams (Upper Marlboro, Md.) comes into the Hampton University Tournament riding a nine-game streak of reaching base safely. Over the span, she has walked nine times and posted three hits, while scoring three times and swiping three bags. The 4’11 utility player has also hit in several different spots in the lineup and has played five different positions in the field.
The Lady Hawk pitching staff has been extremely efficient through their first 11 games. Led by Gurrola, the team has walked just 15 hitters through 72 innings. The team has had three women record action on the hill this year with Gurrola walking just eight in 53 innings, senior Belen Benitez (E. Los Angeles, Calif.) with seven in 16 innings, and freshman Ina Chestnut (Clinton, Md.) without any passes through one. Those facing UMES have walked 50 batters in the same span.
After opening up the season 3-1 at home, UMES has dropped its last seven games. Six of the seven games that the Lady Hawks have competed in have been on neutral territory. The women hold a +7 advantage in scoring at home, -1 on the road and -38 on neutral grounds. The neutral contests at the Hampton University Tournament will be the final for the team for some team as the squad will enter MEAC action in the second week of March.
On Feb. 13, Nash 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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