LADY HAWKS TO FACE MEAC FOES OVER SPRING BREAK
Morgan King (pictured) leads the team in batting average so far this season
Morgan King (pictured) leads the team in batting average so far this season

March 14, 2014

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) officially begins spring break next week, but the softball team will be busy over the break as they will face four Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) opponents, including Howard University, North Carolina Central University (NCCU), Savannah State University (SSU), and South Carolina State University (SCSU).

Tomorrow (03/15), the Lady Hawks travel to Durham, N.C. to square off against the Eagles at Parkwood Athletic Field in a four-game series. First-pitch begins 1:00 p.m. (EST) Click Here to view UMES upcoming schedule.

LAST TIMEOUT

Maryland Eastern Shore was swept in their doubleheader match-up against the University of Rhode Island (URI) at Lady Hawks Field, 5-1 and 6-1, respectively.

In game one, after three innings of scoreless softball, the Rams took a 3-0 lead to break the tie, but UMES responded as Chelsea Alston (Matawan, N.J.) knocked in Alexis Hudson (Laurel, Del.) to bring the game within two, 3-1. The Lady Hawks kept the game close as they allowed no runs in the next two innings, but Rhode Island added two more runs in the top seventh to win by the final score, 5-1.

In the second game, both teams were held scoreless after two until a three-run blast from URI’s Jocelyn Mattison gave the Rams an early lead, 3-0. Similar to the first game, the Lady Hawks answered with a RBI-single by Trenece Nash (Decatur, Ga.), driving in Hudson, to cut the deficit, 3-1. Rhode Island responded with two runs in the fourth, followed by another run in the fifth inning to win, 6-1.

TOP PERFORMERS

In the first game, Morgan King (Danville, Ill.) registered two hits, including a double, whereas Alston recorded the lone RBI in the contest for Maryland Eastern Shore.

In the second contest, Vanessa Gomez (Belleville, N.J.) went a perfect 3-of-3 from the plate, including a double, while Nash notched a RBI in the loss.

MATCHUP PREVIEW

NCCU enters this weekend’s contests (03/15-03-16) winless on the season (0-17) and looking to pick-up their first victory of the season against the Lady Hawks. The Eagles are led by the Germ sisters, Emerie & London, as they are the lone North Carolina Central duo hitting over .300. London leads the team in batting average (.362), followed by Emerie (.311).

Prior to Tuesday’s meeting (03/18) with UMES, Savannah State will compete in the Auburn Tournament, located in Auburn, Ala. As of today, the Tigers enter 10-7 on the season, including a seven-game winning streak. Torrain Wright guides the SSU in multiple categories including home runs (5), walks (10, and total bases (33). Other notable Tiger includes Antonette Smith as she leads the team in hits (23) and runs scored (14).

For the Lady Bulldogs, they have a home date with Presbyterian College before taking on Maryland Eastern Shore next Thursday (03/20). Currently, SCSU has amassed a 4-12 overall record, but are on a five-game skid. Cianna Burt spotlights the team as she is the lone South Carolina State player batting over .300 (.341). In addition, Burt leaders the team in hits (14), total bases (15), and at-bats (41).

After their week long road trip, UMES returns home to face Howard in a three-game series (03/22-03/23). Presently, the Lady Bison are competing in the Rebel Spring Games; located in Winter Haven, Fla. Howard has accumulated a 1-9 overall record with their lone win coming against George Washington University (GWU). Anasia Stinson steers the Lady Bison as she leads the team in batting average (.444), hits (8), and total bases (10).

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

On March 29-30, the Lady Hawks head to Baltimore to take on Coppin State University (CSU) in a three-game series. Saturday’s game-times are 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. (EST), respectively. Sunday’s first-pitch is set for noon (EST).

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