Gurrola hit .311 last year and led the team with 142 innings pitched

Feb. 10, 2012

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. — The University of Maryland Eastern Shore softball team begins its 2012 campaign on Saturday, February 10, as the Lady Hawks participate in action against Stillman College at 12 p.m. The contest is the first of three games for UMES in the Alcorn State Tournament as the Hawks will play all three contests at the Shea Brothers Complex in Ironsdale, Ala.

In the tournament opener against Stillman, the Lady Hawks will look to stop a Tiger outfit that led Division II in stolen bases per game last season. The team will then play a pair of games against Alcorn St., on Saturday and Sunday, before concluding the event with a bout against Miles College.

The women will stay on the road for their next contests as they engage in battle at Elizabeth State University on Saturday, Feb. 18 and Sunday, Feb. 19. The maroon and grey will then return home two weeks later to host a pair of teams in their home opener, beginning with a double-header against Goldey-Beacom on Friday, March 9 at 1 p.m.

The squad comes into its 2012 season with the hopes of turning things around after last year’s 7-40 finish. The team has a solid group of returners back, but will need its underclassmen to step up from the very beginning.

The Hawks will rely on a trio of players that had successful 2011 seasons in junior pitcher/third baseman Carmen Gurrola, junior shortstop Jasmine James and sophomore second baseman Jade Nelson.

Gurrola is coming off an impressive season as she was the top all-around performer for Hawks in 2011. The Arleta, Calif., native started all 47 games in 2011 and hit .311 with 25 runs, 17 RBIs and three homeruns in 135 at-bats. She was the Lady Hawks’ top pitcher as well, where she posted team-highs in innings pitched (142), appearances (30), earned run average (6.69) and strikeouts (68).



James posted the fourth-best betting average for the Hawks a year ago. The Willingboro, N.J., product batted .254 with 17 RBIs and 18 runs in 46 starts. Nelson posted four RBIs and walked 16 times in 100 at-bats, while senior Cy'Anna Scott notched a .909 field percentage in 23 games.

The team has brought in a pair of Bowie State University transfers in sophomore catcher Cherokee Williams and junior outfielder Kristen Lee. UMES will also use the abilities of freshman first baseman Morgan King, senior outfielder Kirsten Carrington, junior outfielder Samantha Pitt and junior outfielder Shaniqa Roane.

The Lady Hawks may have a small squad, but they are all looking to make a big impact on the UMES softball program and in the MEAC this season. The team is set to play nearly 50 games this season, 10 of which are at Lady Hawks Field.

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