LADY HAWKS RETURN HOME TO FACE MEAC PRESEASON #1 NORFOLK STATE
April 4, 2014
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – This weekend (04/05-04/06), the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) softball team returns to Lady Hawk Field to continue conference play versus Norfolk State University (NSU) in a three-game series.
Saturday’s doubleheader begins 1:00 p.m. (EST) whereas Sunday’s single seven-inning contest takes place at noon (EST).
In Game One, UMES attacked early to take an early lead, 2-0, but the Lady Hawks’ lead was short-lived as the Blue Hens rallied 23 unanswered runs to win, 23-2.
In Game Two, after a scoreless first inning, Delaware scored four runs to take the early advantage, 4-0, and never looked back. Sophomore Kaitlyn Hitch (Delmar, Del.) and the Lady Hawks kept the contest close, but were unable to breakthrough offensively as they fell, 5-0.
In Game One, New Jersey-natives Chelsea Alston (Matawan) and Vanessa Gomez (Belleville) were the only two Lady Hawks to cross home plate whereas sophomore Emily Diseroad (Manchester Valley, Md.) earned the lone RBI in the Game One loss.
In the second contest, UMES collected five hits and were held scoreless in seven-innings of action. Despite the outcome, Hitch threw five innings while allowing one run and four hits as a reliever.
Entering this weekend’s series, the Spartans come in 11-15 overall and undefeated in conference play (5-0). The team was picked to win the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Northern Division in the recent MEAC Preseason Poll. NSU saw five Spartans selected to the 2014 MEAC Preseason All-Conference Teams, including pitcher Jamie Schulle, third baseman Whitney Williams, and outfielder Heather Dunning. This season, Dunning has played all 26 games (25 starts) while amassing a scorching .453 hitting percentage whereas Williams started all 26 contests with 16 RBIs. Schulle has appeared in 22 games while accumulating a 9-6 record with a 2.55 earned runs allowed (ERA).
For the Lady Hawks, they enter 6-28 (3-2 MEAC) on the season and looking to snap a four-game skid. Junior Morgan King (Danville, Ill.), recently named to the MEAC Preseason All-Conference Second Team, leads the squad in batting average (.354), hits (34), and slugging percentage (.552). Alston ranks second on the team in hitting (.295) while leading the team in stolen bases (13). Other notable Hawk to watch is Gomez, also selected to the MEAC Preseason All-Conference Second Team.
Maryland Eastern Shore will take 12 days off in preparation to face Hampton University at Lady Pirates Softball Stadium (04/18-04/19). Saturday’s doubleheader will be televised on ESPNU/ESPN3, starting at 1:00 p.m. (EST).
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