KING'S WALK-OFF PREVAILS LADY HAWKS OVER HAMPTON
Senior Morgan King (pictured) delivered the game-winning hit to give UMES the win over Hampton
April 19, 2015

Box Score

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. -- In a low-scoring affair where the pitchers dominated the day, lone senior Morgan King (Danville, Ill.) lifted the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) Softball Team to victory as she delivered a walk-off RBI-single in the bottom of the seventh and gave the Lady Hawks a 4-3 win over Hampton at Hawks Field.

With the victory, UMES takes the season-series against the Lady Pirates for the first time since the 2009 season. In that same season, Maryland Eastern Shore earned a spot in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Tournament.

UMES (7-24, 4-8 MEAC) had a tough time early on as Hampton's Allyson Babinsack held the Lady Hawks in check for majority of the game; however, Maryland Eastern Shore continued to battle and produced clutch hits late in the contest.

Overall, the Lady Hawks recorded four runs on seven hits. Freshman Samantha Casarez (Sylmar, Calif.) was the lone Hawk to earn a multi-hit game, going 2-of-3 with a game-high three RBIs. King went 1-of-3 from the plate, but made the biggest hit of the game with a game-winning RBI-single in the seventh.

After a scoreless first inning, Hampton's Jessica Reiman drilled a two-run shot over the left field fence and gave the Lady Pirates a 2-0 lead. Both squads were shut down in the third, but the Lady Hawks rallied in the fourth.


 

 

With one away, junior Vanessa Gomez (Belleville, N.J.) singled to centerfield. Then, sophomore Allison Anderson (Colorado Springs, Colo.) moved Gomez into scoring position with a sac bunt. With two outs, junior Trenece Nash (Decatur, Ga.) could not advance the runner; however, reached base as the Lady Pirates' Margaret Wilkins was unable to make the play at short. Next at-bat, sophomore Ciara Schnyder (Arcadia, Calif.) loaded the bases after getting hit-by-a-pitch. With bases loaded and two away, Casarez delivered a three-run double to left center and gave the Lady Hawks their first lead of the game after four innings of play, 3-2.

After another scoreless inning in the fifth, Hampton capitalized on UMES' miscue as Babinsack drove in Taylor McCoy and tied the game, 3-3, after six. In the seventh, freshman Adrienne Guerra (Monrovia, Calif.) kept the Lady Pirates from scoring; thus, giving Maryland Eastern Shore a chance to win in the bottom half.

Schnyder singled through the left side to open the seventh. Next up, Casarez singled and put Schnyder in scoring position. With no outs, junior Emily Diseroad (Manchester, Md.) also singled and loaded the bases. With an opportunity to end the contest, King drove the ball to left center; therefore, bringing home the game-winning run to give UMES the season-series win, 4-3.

Other notable Hawk performance included Guerra tossing another solid performance as she threw seven innings with three runs (two earned) allowed and six scattered hits. Also, the California-product registered three strikeouts in the victory.

For Hampton (15-20, 7-4 MEAC), Babinsack led the way with her play on the mound and at-bat. At the plate, she went 2-of-3 with a double and RBI. On the mound, the Virginia-native pitched six innings, allowed four runs, and five strikeouts in a losing effort.

On April 22, the Lady Hawks host Delaware in their final nonconference matchup of the season. Wednesday's doubleheader begins 3 p.m. at Hawks Field.

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

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