Morgan King (pictured) had a game-high seven RBIs in the win over Rider

Feb. 21, 2014

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GREENSBORO, N.C. – After the cancellation of their first contest at the North Carolina A&T Tournament versus Saint Francis (Pa.) University due to inclement weather, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) softball team focused their attention to Rider University where they defeated the Broncos, 15-6, to pick-up their first win of the 2014 campaign.

“This was a big win for the ladies,” said UMES Softball head coach, Sam Douglas. “The team came together and we were able to rally to knock off a good Rider (University) team.”

With the win, the Lady Hawks improved to 1-5 overall while the Broncos dropped to 0-1 on the young season. These two teams will meet on the final day of the tournament (02/23). First-pitch is set for 10:30 a.m. (EST)

After struggling in their last outing at the Charleston Southern Tournament, the Lady Hawks had an offensive explosion as they tallied 15 runs, including 13 in the final three innings. Morgan King (Danville, Ill.) set the tone for UMES as she went 2-for-3 with a game-high seven RBIs and a late inning grand slam. Trenece Nash (Decatur, Ga.) contributed by going 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two homers.

Chelsea Alston (Matawan, N.J.) started the contest with a lead-off walk and King reached base on a walk. Maryland Eastern Shore scored first on a single by Emily Diseroad (Manchester Valley, Md.), 2-0. The Broncos responded, scoring a run in the first and second innings to tie the game, 2-2.

In the bottom third, Rider took their first lead of the contest by scoring three runs to take a commanding lead, 5-2. UMES was unable to find any success as the Broncos’ Montana Berg held the Lady Hawks scoreless in the next three innings after give up the game’s first two runs.

In the fifth inning, Maryland Eastern Shore broke through to score three runs, including a two-run shot from Nash, and tied the contest, 5-5. In the next inning, UMES momentum continued as they scored another three runs to reclaim the lead, 8-5.

In the seventh, the Lady Hawks had an offensive outbreak, scoring seven runs on seven hits, including a grand slam from King to seal the deal, 15-6.

Kelly Cullen (Fruitland, Md.) notched her first-career collegiate victory for UMES in relief. Cullen pitched four innings while allowing one run on four hits.

The Broncos recorded 10 hits as a team, led by Dana Sensi and Kim Valdes each posting two hits in the loss.

Tomorrow (02/22), the Lady Hawks take on the host team, North Carolina A&T State University. Game-time is slated for 10:30 a.m. (EST)

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