Carmen Gurrola (pictured) threw the complete-game on the hill for UMES in the opener

April 9, 2013

Box (Game One)    |    Box (Game Two)

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – The University of Maryland Eastern Shore softball team held a 5-4 lead in the last inning of Tuesday’s nightcap, but the Lady Hawks were unable to secure the win as the women were swept by Delaware State. UMES fell in the opener 10-1, before the squad had an 8-5 loss pinned on them in game two. Although each team is a representative of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference North Division, the games were not played as MEAC contests.

UMES (11-23) was led in the doubleheader by freshman Vanessa Gomez (Belleville, N.J.), who had three hits, three stolen bases and two runs scored. Gomez and senior Belen Benitez (E. Los Angeles, Calif.) each connected for triples in the match, while five Lady Hawks recorded multi-hit contests in at least one game. Benitez and senior Carmen Gurrola (Arleta, Calif.) were each saddled with the loss in their respective matches.

The Lady Hawks fell behind quickly in the opener. After each team went quiet in the first, Delaware State (12-21) posted solo tallies in the second and third to take a 2-0 lead. Gurrola held the Lady Hornets at bay in the fourth, but consecutive four runs innings proved to be the difference in the match. UMES got on the board in the sixth and scored one run courtesy of a sacrifice fly by freshman Trenece Nash (Decatur, Ga.).

The run would not be enough as DSU ended the game early because of the slaughter rule.

Gomez tripled to begin the second contest and came around the next hitter after Gurrola singled her home. DSU evened the affair with one of their own in the second before Benitez tripled with one out and scored on a wild pitch. The 2-1 lead did not last for long as the Lady Hornets scored to open the third.



A two-RBI double by Nash brought home both of UMES’ runs in the fourth. The see saw battle continued to occur, where DSU tallied another two in the next half inning. It was the Gomez show in the fourth after she singled and moved her way across the diamond, before stealing home with two outs.

Each team did not do any damage in the sixth and seventh, but DSU put up a four spot in the seventh and UMES was unable to break past it. The win moves DSU to its 12th win of the year as UMES was swept in the doubleheader.

Stephanie Sarris picked up her sixth win of the year in the opener as he fanned eight and walked just three in the complete-game effort. Three DSU members had multi-hit games in game two, including Ashley Bennett, who was 3-for-4 with three RBI and three runs. Delaware State notched three homeruns on the day.

UMES will take a little time off before the Lady Hawks travel to George Mason on Wednesday, April 17 at 2:30 p.m.

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