PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore softball team had two players named to the 2012-13 All-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference softball teams earlier this week as freshman Vanessa Gomez (Belleville, N.J.) and senior Jasmine James (Willingboro, N.J.) were each honored to the second team.
All awards were voted on by the MEAC's head softball coaches and sports information directors. The efforts of the pair helped the Lady Hawks secure 14 wins altogether, which was the most from a UMES squad since 2009. It was their performances that helped UMES open up to its best start in over a decade when the team took 3-of-4 games with St. Peter's in early February.
Gomez was honored as the utility player on the All-MEAC Second-Team after she led UMES in seven offensive categories including hits (51), triples (four), stolen bases (31) and walks (24). Gomez also finished the season as the MEAC leader in stolen bases. She was second on team with seven doubles and third in batting average (.304). The leadoff hitter for UMES played four different positions for the team and had 15 games with atleast two hits. She had four instances with four-game hit streaks this year and was 8-for-19 with eight stolen bases in UMES' season -opening series against St. Peters.
James was named to the All-MEAC Second-Team after she finished the season with team-highs in batting average (.350, 14th in MEAC) and on-base percentage (.444). The captain and vocal leader stood in second for UMES in several statistical categories including hits (50), walks (24), slugging percentage (.434) and homers (two). The everyday centerfielder began the season with an eight-game hitting streak and posted 11 hits within a four-day span on UMES' spring break trip from March 15 -19.
James enjoyed her finest effort of the year in UMES' 13 -10 victory over Morgan State on April 27 after she went 2-for-3 with two runs, three RBI and one homer run. Norfolk State's Haley Ward was named the MEAC Player of the Year, while Hampton's Jailynn Jackson was named MEAC Pitcher of the Year.
Torrian Wright from Savannah State was named MEAC Rookie of the Year and Chris Cohran from Bethune-Cookman took home MEAC Coach of the Year laurels. UMES looks to return nine letter-winners, including Gomez, for the 2013-14 season.