GOMEZ, KING RECEIVES MEAC PRESEASON HONORS; UMES PREDICTED TO FINISH SEVENTH
UMES Softball head coach Sam Douglas (pictured) and the Lady Hawks predicted to finish seventh in the MEAC Northern Division
UMES Softball head coach Sam Douglas (pictured) and the Lady Hawks predicted to finish seventh in the MEAC Northern Division

April 3, 2014

NORFOLK, Va. – Yesterday (04/02), the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) announced its softball preseason honors and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) sophomore Vanessa Gomez (Belleville, N.J.) and junior Morgan King (Danville, Ill.) were selected to the 2014 MEAC Preseason All-Conference Second Team. Also, the conference revealed their 2014 MEAC Order of Finish Predictions and forecasted the Lady Hawks to finish seventh in the MEAC Northern Division.

Both, Gomez and King, received preseason recognition from College Sports Madness as they were nominated to the College Sports Madness 2014 MEAC Preseason Second Team All-Conference back in February.

Gomez finished her 2013 campaign posting a .304 batting average while leading the team in categories, such as hits (51), walks (24), and stolen bases (31). In her efforts, Gomez was selected to the 2013 MEAC All-Conference Second Team.

King, a member of the 2013 MEAC Preseason All-Conference Team, was second on the team in batting average (.325). King also led the team in several offensive categories, including slugging percentage (.468), RBIs (34), and home runs (4).

Other notable MEAC preseason mentions included Jailynn Jackson (Hampton) named MEAC Preseason Pitcher of the Year while Torrian Wright (Savannah State) was chosen MEAC Preseason Player of the Year. Click Here to view all MEAC Softball Preseason honorees.

Last season, the Lady Hawks finished 14-35 overall (5-13 MEAC) and placed fifth in the MEAC Northern Division. This season, the league anticipated UMES to finish seventh in the MEAC Northern Division, scoring 111 points.

Norfolk State University (NSU) and Florida A&M University (FAMU) were picked to win their respective divisions. The Spartans, MEAC Northern Division, tallied 243 points, including eight first-place votes. The Rattlers, MEAC Southern Division, registered 223 points, also recording eight first-place votes.


 

 

Other notable mentions included the Lady Pirates grabbing the most first-place votes, 11, while Bethune-Cookman University (BCU) tied FAMU with eight. Both, Hampton and Bethune-Cookman, were projected to finish second in their respective divisions. Click Here to view the 2014 MEAC Predicted Order of Finish.

This weekend (04/05-04/06), the Lady Hawks return home to resume conference play against NSU. First-pitches are scheduled for 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. (EST), respectively.

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