PRINCESS ANNE, Md.- The University of Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks softball team concluded their 2013 fall ball season after dividing with Delaware Technical Community College– Georgetown. The team finished 5-1 overall.
Head Coach Sam Douglas says he was pleased with the team's performance.
"The fall ball season provided us an opportunity to experience game-like situations from other opponents while giving us a chance to evaluate areas for improvement before the spring season."
As a whole, the team batted an impressive .401 overall. The Lady Hawks' Lead-Off Hitter Sophomore Vanessa Gomez (Belleville, NJ.) led the team with a batting average of .579. Trenece Nash (Decatur, Ga.) batted clean-up in the order and posted a .529 average; second best on the team. Sophomore Morgan King (Danville, Ill.) hit mainly in the three-hole for the team and accumulated a .526 batting average, which placed her third on the team.
The team averaged 10 runs per game and scored 60 runs in the six games. Junior Cherokee Williams (Upper Marlboro, Md.) scored 10 of the Hawks' 60 runs. Williams scored three runs in the first game victory over Frederick Community College on Sept. 15. King crossed the plate nine times while Gomez, Nash and Ciara Schnyder (Arcadia, Calif.) each had six runs scored.
The Lady Hawks totaled 69 hits over the six-game span. Gomez and King each had double-digit hits. Gomez had 11 hits while King posted 10 hits. Nash, senior Chelsea Alston (Matawan, Nj.) and Williams had nine, eight and seven hits, respectively.
In the 69 hits, 21 were extra base hits (14 doubles, six triples and one home run.) Nash led the extra base hit category with six hits, which included a three-run homer in the game two win over Del Tech CC-Stanton. Nash also had five doubles. Second on the team in extra base hits was sophomore Abria Tinsley (Sewell, Nj.) with four, tallying two doubles and two triples. King and Alston each had three extra base hits as well.
UMES was dominant in base running. The team stole 21 bases in the six games, average over three steals per contest. Gomez and Williams combined for a perfect 13-13. Gomez led the team with 8 steals while Williams was second with 5.
More notable Hawks include senior Carmen Frazier (Montgomery Village, Md.,) junior Ina Chestnut (Clinton, Md.,) sophomores Rachel Vander Ven (Dover, Del.) and Emily Diseroad (Manchester, Md.) and freshman Jazmine Card (Suffolk, Va.)
Frazier played in five games and started four. Frazier had 10 at-bats while acquiring a .400 average. Frazier also had three runs scored and three RBIs. Chestnut appeared in four games and started two games. Chestnut was 4-6 overall with four runs scored and an RBI. Vander Ven played in two games and her one hit came in the game one win over Del Tech CC-Stanton, which was a double. She scored a run and an RBI in the game. Diseroad appeared and started in all four games she played. She scored three times and had three RBIs in the four games. Card had three runs scored, one RBI and one walk in the two games played.
The Lady Hawks' trio pitching staff had allowed 43 hits and held opponents to a .259 batting average in six games. Overall, the team gave up 29 runs but only 16 were earned. UMES' ERA was 3.60 in 40 innings. The team's strikeout/walk ratio was 2:1. The Lady Hawks struck out 26 batters to 13 walks.
Tinsley led the pitching staff and started four out of the six games. Tinsley pitched for 17 innings while allowing a 4.24 ERA on 16 hits. Tinsley had allowed 10 runs and eight were earned. The opposition batted .242 and Tinsley struck out 14 batters. Sophomore Kaitlyn Hitch (Delmar, Del.) was second on the team with 16 innings pitched and appeared in all six contests. Hitch accumulated a 4.50 ERA while allowing 22 hits and 15 runs with eight earned. Hitch struck out eight batters in the process. Caitlin McDaniel (Bridgeport, WV) appeared in three games, but showed commitment. She had a 0.00 ERA in seven innings of work and allowed five hits, four unearned runs and four strikeouts. The opposition averaged .172 against McDaniel.
In February, UMES will begin their 2014 program in Charleston, SC. Two weeks later, the Lady Hawks are set to travel to Greensboro, NC to participate in the North Carolina A&T Tournament from Feb. 21 to Feb. 23. The following weekend, the team will head to Hampton, Va. on Feb. 28 to Mar. 2 to play in the Hampton Lady Pirates Classic. On March 9, the team will host their first home games of the season against the University of Maryland Baltimore County in a doubleheader. On Mar. 15, the Lady Hawks open conference play on the road against North Carolina Central.
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