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UMES Takes on Delaware State in Three-Game Series

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By Brett Wright

PRINCESS ANNE, Md.- The University of Maryland Eastern Shore's softball team's regular-season will come to a close this weekend when they face off against Route 13 rivals, the Delaware State University Lady Hornets. The three-game series will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday at Hawks Field with a single seven-inning contest taking place at noon on Sunday.

Sunday will mark the final performance of seniors Chelsea Alston (Matwan, N.J), Carmen Frazier (Montgomery Village, Md.) and Cerokee Williams (Upper Marlboro, Md.) as members of the Lady Hawks softball team.

Last Sunday, UMES went up against the Lady Bears of Morgan State University and lost both games, 9-1 and 10-2.

In the Game One, Alston went 2-of-3 from the plate, including a double. Junior Morgan King (Danville, Ill.) and sophomore Trenece Nash (Decatur, Ga.) also managed a hit each during the loss.

During Game Two, King batted 1-of-2 while also getting an RBI. She was backed by Alston and sophomore Vanessa Gomez (Belleville, N.J.), who each scored a run in their losing effort.

The Lady Hornets enter this weekend's series 29-15 overall (12-3 MEAC) and hold the tiebreaker for the top spot in the MEAC Northern Division over Norfolk State University. DSU has managed a team batting average of .305, led by sophomore-outfielder Jessica Madrid. Madrid leads the team in batting average (.398), hits (53), and RBIs (32). The Lady Hornets pitching staff is also strong, allowing 2.23 ERA and ranking among the top of the conference. Senior Rachel Meagley, a 2014 MEAC Preseason All-Conference selection, anchors the core group.

The Lady Hawks will start the series with a season of 7-37 (4-9 MEAC) and look to move up in the standings. UMES currently holds the fifth place spot in the MEAC Northern Division, just behind Coppin State University for the final playoff spot. King leads the Hawks this season with a .311 batting average and the team-high of four home runs. Sophomore Emily Diseroad (Manchester Valley, Md.) follows up King's standing with a .291 average, while Alston leads the team with 15 stolen bases in the season.

Despite the regular season ending on Sunday, the club will be eligible to participate in the MEAC Championships if UMES moves up to the fourth slot in MEAC Northern Standings. If they are able to take the fourth place spot, the Lady Hawks will be at Ormond Beach, Fla. to play in the Championships from May 8-10. If they are unable to take the fourth spot, however, the season will end for UMES on Sunday.

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