Vanessa Gomez (pictured) has now reached base safely in 17-of-18 MEAC contests this year

May 6, 2013

Game One (Box)   |   Game Two (Box)

DOVER, Del. – Freshman Vanessa Gomez (Belleville, N.J.) and senior Carmen Gurrola (Arleta, Calif.) led the way for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore softball team in a 7-4 victory over Delaware State in the opening game of Saturday’s doubleheader at the Hornet’s Nest. The teams would split the day as the Lady Hawks had a 4-2 loss pinned on them in the nightcap. With the decisions, UMES moves to 14-34 overall, 5-13 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

UMES was paced by the efforts against Delaware State (19-33, 11-6 MEAC) by the aforementioned Gomez and Gurrola. Gomez was 2-for-4 in the opener with two runs, two RBI and one double. She concluded the day with two walks in the nightcap as she has now reached base in 17-of-18 MEAC games this season. Gurrola threw both ends of the doubleheader, allowing four earned in each outing. She fanned five and did not walk a batter in 13 innings.

The opener was scoreless through the first two innings of play, before UMES erupted with a five-run third. With one out, junior Chelsea Alston (Matawan, N.J.) singled and scored on an RBI double by Gomez. Gomez’s double was the first of three for the Lady Hawks as senior Jasmine James (Willingboro, N.J.) and Gurrola each followed with RBI doubles of their own. Freshman Trenece Nash (Decatur, Ga.) singled to score James and make the score 5-0 in favor of the visitors.

Gurrola began the game with four consecutive scoreless innings, including the first two, which she retired in order. She would run into some trouble in the fifth, however, when the Lady Hornets used five hits to score four runs and make the affair a one-run ballgame.



Each side would go away quietly in the sixth, before UMES added a pair of insurance runs in the seventh. The women opened the frame with three consecutive singles. Junior Cherokee Williams (Upper Marlboro, Md.) singled up the middle, before Alston moved her to second with a bunt. Gomez would single in Williams the next at-bat. James would sacrifice Gomez over to third, before Gurrola sent Gomez home with a ball in play to left field.

Gurrola retired the side in order in the seventh to pick up her 12th victory of the season. Her effort in the contest moves her career win total to just one shy of 20 as she sits at 19 total for her career.

The nightcap featured 10 scoreless frames as the two teams combined for just 14 altogether. The game was tied at 0-0 through the first two innings, before Delaware State notched three in the third to take the early lead.  A scoreless fourth was then seen, but UMES would come away with two of their own in the fifth.

Williams and Alston singled to open the frame. With one away, Gomez would walk and James singled the next at-bat to score Alston to put the women on the board. Gomez came home on an RBI groundout by Gurrola the next hitter. DSU would then walk Nash to put runners on the corners with two out, but Jennifer Fischbauch bared down to retire the next UMES hitter.

Delaware State added one run in the sixth to move its lead to two runs. Although the busy fifth inning, UMES would go away quietly in the final two innings of the game. The win ensured the Saturday split and the two teams will return Sunday looking to win the series.

UMES looks to pick up its 15th win of the year in its final game of the season against Delaware State on Sunday. The game is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.

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

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