Belen Benitez (pictured) was one of three UMES seniors to conclude their collegiate careers on Sunday

May 6, 2013

Box Score

DOVER, Del. – In its final game of the 2012-13 season, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore softball team fell behind early and was unable to make up the difference, as the women fell to the hands of Delaware State, 10-7, at the Hornets Nest. With the decision, UMES concludes the year with a 14-35 record, 5-13 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic ConferenceThe season was the best for UMES since 2009.

UMES had two players register multi-hit games on the day in seniors Jasmine James (Willingboro, N.J) and Carmen Gurrola (Arleta, Calif.).  James was 2-for-4 with two runs, while Gurrola went 2-for-3 with three RBI, two runs and one double. Freshman Trenece Nash (Decatur, Ga.), sophomore Morgan King (Danville, Ill.) and freshman Emily Diseroad (Machester, Md.) each had one RBI. Gurrola and senior Belen Benitez (E. Los Angeles, Calif.) took on the pitching duties for the women.

The Lady Hawks fell behind by three to begin the game and Delaware State would move its lead to four with a solo tally in the third. DSU’s Rachel Meagley stymied the UMES hitters through the first four innings of the contest, but the Lady Hawks would get to her with three runs in the fourth and fifth.

Freshman Vanessa Gomez (Belleville, N.J.) singled and moved over on a passed ball, before she went to third on a single by James. The pair scored on an RBI double by Gurrola, who came around two batters later on a sacrifice fly by Diseroad. The 4-3 score did not last for long as DSU posted four runs in the fourth to take an 8-3 lead.



UMES would once again chip away at its deficit with three runs in the fifth. The women saw their first three batters reach base safely, before Gurrola walked with the bases loaded to score junior Chelsea Alston (Matawan, N.J.). Gomez followed by scoring on a passed ball and Nash grounded out to shortstop to score James. The three runs made the score 8-6.

The teams would each go scoreless in their next at-bats, but DSU upped its lead to four, 10-6, with two runs in the sixth.

UMES was unable to do any damage with its first two hitters in the seventh, but managed to put together a rally with two outs. Gurrola started the push with a single to left and advanced to second on a wild pitch. After Nash would walk, King doubled to score Gurrola to make it a three-run game, but Nash was thrown out moments later when she tried to take third base and the relay was executed perfectly by the Lady Hornets.

The contest marked the final collegiate contest for a trio of UMES seniors in James, Gurrola and Benitez. James finishes with a team-high .350 batting average, while Gurrola won 12 games to finish her career with 19 total wins. Benitez finished the year with 92.1 innings pitched and had 24 hits with three triples. UMES looks to return nine letter-winners for the 2013-14 season.

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