Hawks Complete Comeback To Sweep Lady Bulldogs
March 22, 2017

Final Stats

ORANGEBURG, S.C. – South Carolina State (SCSU) held an eight-run advantage after three innings of play, 10-2, thanks to a two-run single by the Lady Bulldogs’ Unique Whitehurst. From this point on, Coach Sam Douglas and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Softball team would make an improbable comeback.

In the fourth, a RBI-double from sophomore Kiana Peterson (Willingboro, N.J.) eliminated the looming eight-run mercy rule and pulled The Shore within seven, 10-3.

Next inning, Eastern Shore continued to chip away at the deficit with two more runs, 10-5. Bottom five, the Lady Bulldogs answered with a run to increase their lead, 11-5.

Top six, the Hawks exploded with four runs on five hits; thus, making the contest a two-run game, 11-9.

SCSU created separation in the bottom half with a two-run single from the Lady Bulldogs’ Ragin Prunty, 13-9.

Maryland Eastern Shore tied the contest with a fielder’s choice, scoring Tori Jo Brown (Front Royal, Va.), 13-13. Moments later, sophomore Sara Jo Whaley (Laurel, Del.) delivered the go-ahead sac fly to left field, 14-13. The Shore manufactured five runs on five hits in their final at-bat.


 

 

South Carolina State had one final chance to take back the lead, but junior Adrienne Guerra (Monrovia, Calif.) closed the door as she struck out three-of-the-final four hitters.

Eastern Shore (6-10) produced 14 runs on 16 hits in the game two victory, both season-highs.

Six Hawks registered multi-hit performances, led by Peterson going 3-of-5 with a double. Newcomer Lindsey Snyder (Brighton, Ill.) went 2-of-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored in the win.

In game one, the trio of Guerra and freshmen LeAnn Gingrich (Landisburg, Pa.) and D’errica Toppin (Onacock, Va.) held the Lady Bulldogs without a run.

Despite allowing eight hits, the pitching staff did not break. Toppin earned her first career victory in the circle. The Virginia native went three innings in her first collegiate start. Gingrich saw an inning of work in relief, striking out one batter.

Offensively, Eastern Shore manufactured 11 runs on 15 hits. Five Hawks recorded multi-hit performances, led by Peterson and sophomore Daeshia Jones (Teaneck, N.J.). Both ladies went a perfect 3-of-3 while combining for five RBIs in the victory.

Maryland Eastern Shore scored twice in the second, followed by a three-run inning in the third.

In the fourth, junior Samantha Casarez (Sylmar, Calif.) delivered a RBI-single to left field to increase the lead, 5-0.

Eastern Shore put the contest out-of-reach, scoring five runs in the fifth; thus, ending the game early due to the eight-run mercy rule, 11-0.

With the victories, Maryland Eastern Shore swept South Carolina State for the first time in more than a decade.

Tomorrow (March 23), The Shore concludes its trip with a rematch against North Carolina Central. The action starts at 2 p.m.

For complete recaps, results and news of Hawk athletics, please visit www.easternshorehawks.com.

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