Cherokee Williams was one of six Hawks to record hits in the game

April 7, 2012

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – Freshman Morgan King (Danville, Ill.) collected a career-high three hits and junior Kristen Lee (Bowie, Md.) scored twice, but it was not enough, as the University of Maryland Eastern Shore softball team lost to Norfolk State, 4-2, on Sunday afternoon. The decision gives the Spartans the regular-season sweep of the Hawks.

UMES (0-26, 0-9 MEAC) trailed by thee entering the fifth inning, but the Hawks would rally. The maroon and gray saw its first two hitters get on to open the frame, before King singled home Lee to bring the game to within two. A pair of base running blunders by the Hawks would ultimately kill the rally.

Norfolk State (15-17, 4-2 MEAC) added an insurance run in the top of the sixth to make the game 4-1. The lead would hold until the seventh, where UMES would post its second productive inning of the game.

Lee opened with a triple to left-center, before an RBI groundout by junior Carmen Gurrola (Arleta, Calif.) would send her home. King followed with a single and junior Jasmine James (Willingboro, N.J.) walked to bring the tying run to the plate. Following a pitching change, the Hawks saw two more hitters come to the plate, but were unable to do any further damage.

The Hawks were led by King’s career-high three hits, while Lee had two hits and scored two runs. UMES had six hitters collect hits on the day, including Gurrola, who also walked and scored one run. Gurrola went the complete-game on the mound as she fanned three and did not walk any in seven innings.

The Hawks will take two weeks off before they travel to Hampton University for a pivotal Mid-Eastern Athletic conference doubleheader on April 21 at 1 p.m.



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