UMES Softball head coach Sam Douglas (pictured)

May 7, 2014

NORFOLK, Va. – Two days before the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Softball Championships in Ormond Beach, Fla., the conference announced its 2014 MEAC All-Academic Softball Team. Among the 84 recipients, four University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) student-athletes were recognized for their dedication inside the classroom: sophomores Emily Diseroad (Manchester Valley, Md.) and Rachel Vander Ven (Dover, Del.) and seniors Carmen Frazier (Montgomery Village, Md.) and Cherokee Williams (Upper Marlboro, Md.).

"I commend our softball student-athletes who have maintained a 3.0 or better grade point average during this academic school year," said Commissioner Dennis E. Thomas. "I would further like to applaud the coaches and support staffs for their contributions to the academic success of these student-athletes."

Last night (05/06), Diseroad was named UMES Softball Most Improved Player at the UMES Athletic Awards Banquet. The Manchester Valley-product produced a .281 batting average while driving in 17 RBIs and leading the squad in on-base percentage (.371).

Vander Ven completed her second season as a member of the Maroon & Gray. The Dover-native saw action in 14 games (10 starts) and tallied three hits and two walks, including a hit-by-pitch (HBP). Defensively, she accumulated a .960 fielding percentage with 18 putouts and six assists.

Frazier, recently named to the 2014 CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District Softball Team, wrapped up her collegiate career this past Sunday (05/04) against Delaware State University (DSU). In her two-year career, the English-major competed in 44 games (21 starts) with 10 hits, nine RBIs, three runs scored, and two stolen bases.



Similar to Frazier, Williams competed in her final game for the Lady Hawks after spending the last three seasons in the program. The speedster took part in 119 career games (109 starts) while posting 47 hits, 42 walks, 42 stolen bases, 39 runs scored, and 17 RBIs.

“Congrats to the young ladies on earning MEAC All-Academics,” said UMES Softball head coach Sam Douglas. “I could not be any happier for their achievements not only on the field, but in the classroom as well.”

Delaware State, Coppin State University (CSU), and North Carolina A&T State University (NCAT) each had nine representatives, the most in the conference. Click Here to view the entire 2014 MEAC Softball All-Academic honorees.

To be eligible, sophomore, junior and senior student-athletes with a 3.0 or better cumulative grade-point-average (GPA) as well as transfer student-athletes who have been in residence at the institution for at least one year are eligible for All-Academic accolades.

Maryland Eastern Shore finished their 2014 campaign with a 7-40 overall record (4-12 MEAC).

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