UMES SOFTBALL RETURNS SEVERAL CORE PIECES NEXT SEASON
Morgan King (pictured) named team Most Valuable Player (MVP)
Morgan King (pictured) named team Most Valuable Player (MVP)

May 21, 2014

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – Nearly two weeks ago, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) crowned Florida A&M University (FAMU) as the 2014 MEAC Champions.

Although the season ended on a down note for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) softball team, the squad looks to compete in 2015 as they feature thirteen returners, consisting of three rising seniors, six rising juniors, and four rising sophomores. Let’s breakdown the team:

LAST HURRAH

The program said farewell to three graduating seniors: Chelsea Alston (Matawan, N.J.); Carmen Frazier (Montgomery Village, Md.); and Cherokee Williams (Upper Marlboro, Md.).

In her career, Alston competed in 94 contests (93 starts) while producing a .292 batting average, including 84 hits. Overall, she totaled 49 runs scored, 27 stolen bases, and 19 RBIs. This season, Alston led the team in stolen bases (16) and triples (6) and she finished second on the team in batting average (.291), slugging percentage (.411), and hits (41). Furthermore, Alston led the MEAC in triples (6).

This season, Frazier competed in 19 contests with seven starts and led the club in fielding percentage (1.000). She wrapped up her playing career participating in 45 games (22 starts) while posting 11 hits, 10 RBIs, five walks, three runs scored, and two stolen bases. Academically, Frazier was named to the 2014 CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District Softball Team earlier this month (05/01). Nearly a week later (05/07), she was selected to the 2014 MEAC All-Academic Softball Team. Most recently (05/15), Frazier was elected to the 2014 MEAC Commissioner’s All-Academic Team.


 

 

After transferring from Bowie State University, Williams wrapped up her final season with 11 hits, 10 stolen bases, nine walks, and two RBIs in 42 games (35 starts). In her career, she took part in 120 contests (110 starts) with 48 hits, 44 stolen bases, 40 runs, and 18 RBIs. On May 1st, she was named to the 2014 MEAC All-Academic Softball Team. On May 15th, Williams was selected to the 2014 MEAC Commissioner’s All-Academic Team.

RISING SENIORS

Next season, Maryland Eastern Shore anticipates three rising seniors: Ina Chestnut (Clinton, Md.); Morgan King (Danville, Ill.); and Charisma Spencer (Montclair, N.J.).

In her junior season, Chestnut saw limited action as she competed in 17 contests (five starts). Defensively, she posted a .967 fielding percentage, the fourth-highest on the squad, and had a season-high eight putouts at North Carolina A&T State University back on February 22nd. Additionally, Chestnut appeared twice on the mound in a reserve role, including a season-high 1.2 innings at Morgan State University back in April.

King wrapped her junior campaign competing in 46 games (44 starts) and named UMES Softball Most Valuable Player (MVP). The Danville-native led the team in multiple offensive categories, including batting average (.323), slugging percentage (.496), runs scored (27), hits (43), RBIs (24), doubles (6), and home runs (4). Prior to the season, she won multiple preseason awards, including the 2014 College Sports Madness MEAC Preseason All-Conference Team and 2014 MEAC Preseason All-Conference Team. King’s best-performance came in the win over Rider University (02/21) as she had season-highs in runs scored (4), RBIs (7), and home runs (2).

In her first season as a Lady Hawk, Spencer played 17 games with four starts and she led the team in fielding percentage (1.000). She also posted three runs scored and a stolen base in the victory over Rider University back in February. Last week (05/15), Spencer was named to the 2014 MEAC Commissioner’s All-Academic Team.

RISING JUNIORS

UMES expects six rising juniors on the roster next season: Emily Diseroad (Manchester Valley, Md.); Vanessa Gomez (Belleville, N.J.); Kaitlyn Hitch (Delmar, Del.); Trenece Nash (Decatur, Ga.); Abria Tinsley (Sewell, N.J.); and Rachel Vander Ven (Dover, Del.).

Diseroad participated in 44 contests (43 starts) and won UMES Softball Most Improved Player, voted by her peers, after notching 32 hits, 17 RBIs, and 12 walks. The Manchester Valley-native led the team in on-base percentage (.371) and finished fourth on the team in batting average (.281) and slugging percentage (.333). Academically, she was named to the 2014 MEAC All-Academic Softball Team and 2014 MEAC Commissioner's All-Academic Team.

This season, Gomez competed in all 47 games (46 starts) and led the squad in total plate appearances (159) and at-bats (142). Defensively, she accumulated a .984 fielding percentage while leading the team in putouts (172). Prior to the season, she was named to the 2014 College Sports Madness MEAC Preseason All-Conference Team and 2014 MEAC Preseason All-Conference Team. On March 20th, Gomez won MEAC Player of the Week.

Hitch contributed with her bat and arm in her first season as a Lady Hawk. As a hitter, she played 40 games (32 starts) with 11 hits, five RBIs, and five runs scored. As a pitcher, she appeared in 30 contests with 16 starts while finishing second on the team in ERA (7.22), wins (2), and innings pitched (85.1).

Nash took part in all 47 games with 44 starts and finished third on the club in multiple offensive categories, including batting average (.285), slugging percentage (.390), on-base percentage (.364), hits (35), and RBIs (17). The Georgia-product was named to the 2014 Coastal Carolina Invitational All-Tournament Team.

In her first season, Tinsley became the team's primary pitcher as she appeared in 32 contests (24 starts) and led the team in innings pitched (106.1) and strikeouts (62). Offensively, she played 34 games with 25 starts and picked up her first career stolen base against UMBC back on March 9th.

Vander Ven saw limited action as she played in 14 games (10 starts) and recorded three hits and a walk. Defensively, the Dover-native posted a .960 fielding percentage with 18 putouts and six assists, including a season-high four putouts against Morgan State back in February. Academically, Vander Ven was selected to the 2014 MEAC All-Academic Softball Team and 2014 MEAC Commissioner's All-Academic Team.

RISING SOPHOMORES

The Lady Hawks predict four rising sophomore going into the 2014-15 season: Allison Anderson (Colorado Springs, Colo.); Kelly Cullen (Fruitland, Md.); Alexis Hudson (Laurel, Del.); and Ciara Schnyder (Arcadia, Calif.).

Anderson played in 42 games, including 38 starts, and led the team in sacrifice bunts (3). Defensively, she posted a .948 fielding percentage and finished fourth on the squad in putouts (81) and third on the team in assists (46).

In her first season, Cullen was named UMES Softball Rookie of the Year, voted by the team. As a batter, she played 38 games with 15 starts and finished fourth on the team in homers (1), including her first career homer against Coastal Carolina University back in February. As a pitcher, she appeared in 31 contests, including seven starts, and led the squad in ERA (7.08) and wins (3).

Hudson took part in 42 contests (34 starts) and finished second the club in triples (2) and stolen bases (13). Defensively, the Delaware-native had a .965 fielding percentage, placing her fifth on the squad.

In only her first season, Schnyder started 38 out of 43 games and registered 20 hits, 11 walks, five runs scored, five RBIs, and three stolen bases, including a season-high two stolen bases against UMBC back on March 9th. Defensively, she recorded a .936 fielding percentage with 43 putouts and a team-leading 88 assists.

SUMMARY

Gazing into next season, Maryland Eastern Shore looks to make the MEAC Tournament for the first time since the 2009 season and a chance to compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Tournament next May.

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