Softball Splits Twinbill With Retrievers
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – More than a week away from the diamond, Coach Sam Douglas and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) Softball Team returned home where they split their nonconference doubleheader with in-state rival UMBC.
Maryland Eastern Shore (9-20) took the nightcap, 7-2, but dropped game one despite rallying from a seven-run deficit, 10-9.
UMES produced seven runs on 12 hits in game two, led by senior Trenece Nash (Decatur, Ga.). The Georgia native went 3-of-4 and tied a career-high with four RBIs. Fellow classmate Kaitlyn Hitch (Delmar, Del.) and sophomores Samantha Casarez (Sylmar, Calif.) and Adrienne Guerra (Monrovia, Calif.) each collected two hits in the victory.
Maryland Eastern Shore took the early advantage after Nash drove in senior outfielder Vanessa Gomez (Belleville, N.J.), 1-0.
After a scoreless second inning, the Lady Hawks exploded for five runs on five hits. UMES held a commanding 6-0 lead after three innings of play.
In the fourth, UMBC’s Bridget O’Malley delivered a two-run shot and put the Retrievers on the board, 6-2.
Bottom half of the fourth, Nash singled to right field and brought home Casarez, 7-2.
For the next three innings, Guerra held the Retrievers to only two hits; thus, picking up her seventh win of the season.
Maryland Eastern Shore posted 12 hits in game one, led by Casarez and Guerra each going a perfect 3-of-3 from the plate. Gomez had a team-high three RBIs in the loss.
UMBC (17-24) opened the game scoring four runs on five hits, highlighted by Kailyn Jackson’s three-run blast and Danielle O’Neill’s solo shot.
After the Retrievers added another run in the second, Maryland Eastern Shore responded by scoring twice in the bottom half, 5-2.
In the third, UMBC’s power surge continued as they tallied four runs on three hits; thus, taking a commanding 9-2 advantage.
UMES refused to go away as they produced five runs on four hits in the bottom third, led by Gomez’s three-run triple, 9-7.
After a scoreless fourth inning, Maryland Eastern Shore’s comeback continued as they tied the game with two runs in the fifth, 9-9.
UMBC’s Jaclyn Buckley singled to left field and delivered the go-ahead run for the Retrievers in the seventh; therefore, making the final score, 10-9.
This weekend (April 16-17), UMES resumes conference play in Hampton, Va. where they will battle the Hampton Lady Pirates in a three-game series.
Saturday’s (April 16) doubleheader begins 1 p.m. and Sunday’s (April 17) seven-inning contest starts at noon. The action will take place at Lady Pirates Softball Stadium.
For complete recaps, results and news of Hawk athletics, please visit www.umeshawks.com.
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