Morgan King (pictured) is the second UMES softball student-athlete named MEAC Player of the Week this year

March 26, 2013

NORFOLK, Va. – The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference released its softball player of the week awards on Monday and University of Maryland Eastern Shore sophomore Morgan King (Danville, Ill.) was honored as MEAC Softball Player of the Week for the week of March 17.

The award is the second for UMES on the year as freshman Trenece Nash (Decatur, Ga.) picked up the award in the first week of the season. Due to a busy MEAC schedule, the conference office was forced to release the awards a week late.  

The selection for King comes after she hit .526 over six games with three doubles, five runs and nine RBI. She was 10-of-19 on the week, including a 4-for-4 effort against N.C. Central on March 13. In the opener against the NCCU, King blasted a two-run homerun and hit a decisive two RBI double as UMES mercy ruled the Lady Eagles, 11-3.

In the second game against NCCU, she collected one RBI on a sacrifice fly and made three assists and seven putouts. The sophomore would go 2-for-4 with three RBI, one run and one double in UMES’ 11-10 victory over Savannah State. It was her effort in the match against SSU that propelled UMES to its first victory over the Lady Tigers since their incorporation into the MEAC.

She combined to go 4-for-9 in the final two games for UMES against SSU, where she had one RBI and three runs. King was solid defensively on the week as she notched 15 putouts and 11 assists to lead the women to a 3-3 record altogether.

King was also one of three Lady Hawks named to the “Top Performers” list for the week of March 25. This past week, King ripped two homers, one double and had five RBI for UMES in five games. Senior Carmen Gurrola (Arleta, Calif.) was placed on the list after she threw the first complete game shutout for the Lady Hawks in four years in a 15-0 victory over Howard. Freshman Trenece Nash (Decatur, Ga.) was the final UMES student-athlete honored after she hit .353 with one double and three RBI in five games.



The Lady Hawks look to continue their hot hand on Wednesday, March 27, when they host Delaware State University for a MEAC doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. The second game will be played immediately following the first.

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