LADY HAWKS SOAR THROUGH FALL BALL
Oct. 9, 2013
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – This past weekend, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) softball team wrapped up their 2013 fall ball season after splitting with Delaware Technical Community College (Del Tech CC)-Georgetown. The team finished 5-1 overall.
“For the most part, I was pleased with our performance,” said Sam Douglas, UMES Softball Head Coach. “The fall ball season provided us an opportunity to experience game-like situations from other opponents while giving us a chance to evaluate areas for improvement before the spring season."
During the fall ball season, the team collectively batted an impressive .401 overall. Lady Hawks’ Lead-Off Hitter Sophomore Vanessa Gomez (Belleville, NJ) led the team in batting average (.579). Trenece Nash (Decatur, GA) batted clean-up in the order while posting a .529 average, second-best on the team. Sophomore Morgan King (Danville, IL) hit primarily in the three-hole for the team and accumulated a .526 batting average, placing her third on the team.
The team scored 60 runs in the six games, averaging 10 runs per game. Junior Cherokee Williams (Upper Marlboro, MD) scored 10 of the Hawks’ 60 runs, including three in the game one victory over Frederick Community College back on Sept. 15th. King crossed the plate nine times while Gomez, Nash, and Ciara Schnyder (Arcadia, CA) each had six runs scored.
The Lady Hawks accumulated 69 hits over the six-game span. Gomez and King each had double-digit hits. Gomez tallied 11 hits while King posted 10 hits. Nash, Senior Chelsea Alston (Matawan, NJ), and Williams had nine, eight, and seven hits, respectively.
In those 69 hits, 21 were extra base hits (14 doubles, six triples, and one home run). Nash led the extra base hit category with six, including a three-run homer in the game two win over Del Tech CC-Stanton. Nash also had five doubles. Sophomore Abria Tinsley (Sewell, NJ) was second on the team in extra base hits with four, tallying two doubles and two triples. King and Alston each had three extra base hits as well.
UMES was outstanding in base running. The team had 21 stolen bases in the six games, averaging over three steals per contest. Gomez and Williams combined for a perfect 13-13. Gomez led the team (8) while Williams was second (5).
Other notable Hawks include Senior Carmen Frazier (Montgomery Village, MD), Junior Ina Chestnut (Clinton, MD), Sophomores Rachel Vander Ven (Dover, DE) and Emily Diseroad (Manchester, MD), and Freshman Jazmine Card (Suffolk, VA).
Frazier appeared in five contests, started four. Frazier had 10 at-bats while accumulating a .400 average. Frazier also had three runs scored and three RBIs. Chestnut appeared in four games and started two. Chestnut went 4-6 overall with four runs scored and a RBI. Vander Ven appeared in only two contests. Vander Ven’s lone hit came in the game one win over Del Tech CC-Stanton, which was a double. Vander Ven also scored a run and RBI in the contest. Diseroad appeared and started all four games she played. Diseroad scored three times and three RBIs in the four games. Card had three runs scored, one RBI, and one walk in two games played.
The Lady Hawks’ trio pitching staff allowed 43 hits and held opponents to a .259 batting average in the six games. Overall, the team gave up 29 runs, but only 16 were earned. The Lady Hawks’ Earn Runs Allowed (ERA) was 3.60 in 40 innings of work. Also, the team’s strikeout/walk ratio was 2:1. The Lady Hawks struck out 26 batters to 13 walks.
Tinsley led the pitching staff, starting four out of the six games. Tinsley pitched 17 innings while allowing a 4.24 ERA on 16 hits. Tinsley allowed 10 runs, eight were earned. The opposition batted .242 and Tinsley struck out 14 batters. Fellow Sophomore Kaitlyn Hitch (Delmar, DE) was second on the team in innings pitched (16) and appeared in all six contests. Hitch accumulated a 4.50 ERA while allowing 22 hits and 15 runs (eight earned). Hitch struck out eight batters in the process. Caitlin McDaniel (Bridgeport, WV) appeared in only three games, but showed promise. McDaniel had a 0.00 ERA in seven innings of work. McDaniel allowed five hits, four runs (all unearned), and four strikeouts. The opposition averaged .172 against McDaniel.
In February, the softball team will begin their 2014 campaign in Charleston, SC. Two weeks later, the Lady Hawks will travel to Greensboro, NC to participate in the North Carolina A&T Tournament (Feb. 21st – 23rd). On March 9th, the team will host their first home games of the season against the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) in a doubleheader. Six days later (3/15/14), the Lady Hawks open conference play on the road against North Carolina Central.
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