Lady Hawks Split MEAC Doubleheader With Norfolk State
Sophomore Adrienne Guerra (pictured) tossed a career-high eight innings in the game one victory over Norfolk State
April 21, 2016

Box Score (Game 1) Box Score (Game 2)

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – In a vital Thursday conference doubleheader, Coach Sam Douglas and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) Softball Team split their Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) twinbill with Norfolk State (NSU).

UMES (10-24, 3-9 MEAC) won game one in extra innings, 2-1, while the Spartans (15-20, 9-4 MEAC) took the slugfest in the nightcap, 18-13.

The first contest saw a pitching duel between Maryland Eastern Shore’s sophomore Adrienne Guerra (Monrovia, Calif.) and NSU’s Hunter Halford.

Guerra picked up her eighth win of the season after tossing a career-high eight innings. The California product fanned seven Spartans and allowed only one run in the victory.

Offensively, the Lady Hawks produced two runs on seven hits. Senior Trenece Nash (Decatur, Ga.) and junior Ciara Schnyder (Arcadia, Calif.) each registered two hits in the win.

In the second, Schnyder drove in freshman Daeshia Jones (Teaneck, N.J.) and put UMES on the board first, 1-0.


 

 

Norfolk State’s Megan Przeslawski opened the seventh with a solo shot and forced extra innings, 1-1.

After Maryland Eastern Shore held the Spartans scoreless in the eighth, senior Vanessa Gomez began the bottom half with a double down the leftfield line. Junior Allison Anderson (Colorado Springs, Colo.) bunt singled and advanced the runner to third. With two outs, Przeslawski tossed a ball into the dirt; thus, scoring the game-winning run on a wild pitch, 2-1.

In the night cap, both squads combined for 31 runs on 34 hits. Maryland Eastern Shore recorded 13 runs on 16 hits, led by Gomez. The New Jersey native fell a homer shy of the cycle, going 3-of-5 and three runs scored.

NSU scored five times in the first, capped off by a grand slam from Przeslawski. UMES responded with a RBI-single by Guerra and trimmed the deficit down to four after an inning of play, 5-1.

In the second, Norfolk State’s momentum continued as they tallied four more runs and took a commanding 9-1 advantage.

Maryland Eastern Shore countered with one of their biggest rallies of the season in the bottom portion of the third. UMES manufactured nine runs on eight hits and grabbed the upper hand after three innings of work, 10-9.

NSU answered with another big inning, posting four runs on five hits; therefore, taking back the lead, 13-10.

UMES fought back in the fourth with a pair of RBIs from sophomores Samantha Casarez (Sylmar, Calif.) and Tesharra Hill (Chatsworth, Calif.), 13-12.

In the fifth, freshman Kiana Peterson (Willingboro, N.J.) tied the game with a RBI-single to center, 13-13.

Despite multiple comebacks, the Spartans late surge would be the difference. NSU recorded five runs in the sixth and seventh combined to make the final score 18-13.

Next up, the Lady Hawks travel to Baltimore for a critical three-game series against Morgan State.

Saturday’s (April 23) doubleheader begins at 1 p.m. and Sunday’s (April 24) seven-inning contest starts at noon.

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

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