Douglas, Hawks Keep MEAC Tourney Hopes Alive With Split At Howard
WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a critical three-game series at Howard (HU), the University of Maryland Eastern Shore Softball team salvaged their Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Tourney hopes with a split in our Nation’s Capital.
Howard (3-34, 3-14 MEAC) rallied late and took game one, 3-2, but Eastern Shore (11-24, 5-12 MEAC) rebounded and kept their postseason hopes alive with a 9-4 victory in the nightcap.
With the win, Maryland Eastern Shore eliminated the Bison from postseason contention. Furthermore, head coach Sam Douglas earned his 100th career victory for the Maroon and Grey.
In game two, the Hawks exploded for nine runs on nine hits. Sophomore MacKenzie Brown (Bayonne, N.J.) filled the stat sheet, producing two hits, two RBIs, two runs scored, and two stolen bases. Junior Samantha Casarez (Sylmar, Calif.) went 3-of-4 with a pair of RBIs in the win.
Eastern Shore jumped on the Bison early with two runs in the first, 2-0.
In the third, Maryland Eastern Shore capitalized on Howard’s miscues and extended their lead, 3-0.
Top five, another error from HU put The Shore in control, 4-0.
Next inning, senior captain Allison Anderson (Colorado Springs, Colo.) delivered a RBI-single to second and gave Eastern Shore a 5-0 advantage.
After Howard scored in the sixth, 5-1, the Hawks exploded for four more runs in the seventh, highlighted by a two-run single from Brown, 9-1.
In their final at-bat, Howard crossed home three times; however, Maryland Eastern Shore withstood the Bison’s late charge to win, 9-4.
In the circle, Guerra gave Eastern Shore a chance with a six-inning, nine strikeout performance.
Top four, Maryland Eastern Shore broke the scoreless contest with two runs to take the lead, 2-0.
Bottom six, the Bison capitalized on Eastern Shore’s errors and scored three times; thus, winning by the final score 3-2.
The Shore concludes its season series with Howard tomorrow at noon.
Maryland Eastern Shore must win tomorrow’s rubber match for any chance to reach the MEAC Tourney.
Although a victory is needed, the Hawks also need help from in-state rival Morgan State (MSU). With MSU splitting today’s doubleheader at Coppin State (CSU), the Eagles are in the driver’s seat with one more victory.
Nevertheless, if The Shore wins and CSU loses, then Eastern Shore earned a spot into the league’s tourney as they won the season series against Coppin State earlier this season.
For complete recaps, results and news of Hawk athletics, please visit www.easternshorehawks.com.
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