Softball Heads South For Annual Spring Break Rodeo
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Tomorrow (March 21), the Hawks take on Savannah State (SSU) in a doubleheader. First-pitch is set for 1 p.m.
The next day (March 22), Eastern Shore goes to Orangeburg, S.C. where the South Carolina State (SCSU) Lady Bulldogs await. Game-time is scheduled for 2 p.m.
On March 23, The Shore concludes its trip with a rematch against North Carolina Central (NCCU). The action starts at 1 p.m.
Yesterday (March 19), the softball team came up short twice in league play as they were defeated by route 13 rival Delaware State.
In game one, sophomore Sara Jo Whaley (Laurel, Del.) delivered the biggest hit with a two-run single in the fourth.
In the nightcap, newcomer Sarah Maldonado (Long Beach, Calif.) went 2-of-4 at the plate while junior Samantha Casarez (Sylmar, Calif.) and Tori Jo Brown (Front Royal, Va.) manufactured Eastern Shore’s two runs in the loss.
Savannah State (0-19) takes on the Hawks in their final tune-up before league play versus Bethune-Cookman (March 25-26). Before the season, head coach Jose Gonzalez and SSU were projected to finish third in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Southern Division. Senior Tia Bolden, junior Brianna Harris, and 2016 MEAC Rookie of the Year sophomore Cortni Jones guides the Tiger attack.
Before meeting the Hawks, South Carolina State (0-20) faces Charleston Southern Tuesday afternoon (March 21). Similar to the Tigers, SCSU looks to find a rhythm before entering conference play against North Carolina A&T State (March 25-26). Sophomore outfielder Rickary Holloman leads the squad in batting average (.290) while junior utility player Kaneisha Pettiford has a team-leading 10 RBIs.
North Carolina Central (3-15) and the Hawks met earlier this season at the Campbell Invitational where each picked up their first win of the season. Vashion Johnson returned to the program for the third time; however, as its new head coach. Before the season, NCCU were predicted to finish fifth in the MEAC Southern Division. Sophomore Miriam Duen leads the Eagles attack while senior Dominique Wilkins comes in as the squad’s top pitcher.
Maryland Eastern Shore (2-10) looks to get in a groove before resuming conference play against Coppin State (March 25-26). Collectively, the Hawks are hitting under .200 while averaging more than two runs-per-contest. Casarez and Maldonado continue their hot streak at the plate, batting over .300 this season. Junior Adrienne Guerra (Monrovia, Calif.) and freshman Erin Hallman (Lakewood, Colo.) are The Shore’s 1-2 punch inside the circle.
On March 25-26, Maryland Eastern Shore hosts in-state rival Coppin State in their home opener.
The three-game series starts with a Saturday (March 25) doubleheader at 1p.m., followed by Sunday’s (March 26) seven-inning contest at noon.
For complete recaps, results and news of Hawk athletics, please visit www.easternshorehawks.com.
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