CHARLESTON, S.C.- On the final day of the Charleston Southern Tournament, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore softball team ran into a hot Elon University team as they dropped contests, 9-0 & 11-0, respectively. With both losses, the Lady Hawks fell to 0-5 overall while Phoenix improved to 3-0 on the season.
In the first game, Maryland Eastern Shore managed to muster three hits from Allison Anderson (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Carmen Frazier (Montgomery Village, Md.), and Trenece Nash (Decatur, Ga.).
This contest was a continuation from Saturday's schedule game, which was suspended due to darkness. A homer from Grace Eng gave Elon an early 1-0 lead after two innings until Phoenix bats came alive. UMES was unable to slow down Elons momentum as they scored eight runs in the next two innings, capped off by a three-run shot by Phoenixs Emily Cameron in the third inning. The Lady Hawks fought, but could not find any rhythm offensively as they fell, 9-0.
Elons Alli Burdette pitched five innings while allowing only three UMES hits and struck out six batters in the victory. In game two, Nash was the lone Lady Hawk to get a hit as they the bats were held silent for most of the game. In the first inning, Phoenix jumped out to an early lead, 3-0, including another three-run homer from Cameron. In the next two innings, Kaitlyn Hitch (Delmar, Del.) kept Maryland Eastern Shore in the game as she held Elon scoreless, but Phoenix would make their move. Elon scored eight runs in the fourth and fifth innings combined, including five in the fifth inning. UMES never gave in, but the deficit was too great to overcome as they fell, 11-0. For Elon, Eve Clausen and Caitlin OShea combined to hold the Lady Hawks to one hit while Cameron and Emily Roper each recorded three RBIs in the win.
In less than two weeks (02/21-02/23), Maryland Eastern Shore returns to the field as they head down south to Greensboro, N.C., to compete in the North Carolina A&T Tournament.