suffer sweep by Coppin State
The Shore scores just once in 16 innings
GLEN BURNIE, Maryland ó Maryland Eastern Shore baseball fell twice Friday (Apr. 6) as the Coppin State pitching staff held the Hawks to just one run over 16 innings. The result was a sweep by the Eagles, who took both games by 3-1 and 3-0 scores, respectively.
The Shore (6-25, 4-8 MEAC) did receive fine pitching performances from their staff. Seniors Evan Bertone (Douglas, Massachusetts) and Toby Hoskins (North East, Maryland) each hurled five innings in their starts but were handed tough losses. Sophomore Andre Bell (Detroit, Michigan) and senior Chris Melrath (Rising Sun, Maryland) offered up scoreless relief appearances.
Coppin State (11-15-1, 10-2 MEAC) surrendered just nine hits in the doubleheader as they take the season series 5-1 over the Hawks.
Eastern Shore senior Jamison Trower (Chesterfield, Virginia) managed two hits in the opening contest.
The lone run scored by the Hawks on the day came in the seventh inning of game one, when they benefited from two Eagle errors to cross home without registering a hit. They would load the bases in the eighth but a double play squashed that rally.
Game two was a four hit shutout by Coppin Stateís Jahmon Taylor and Corey Treyes. The Shoreís best chance came in the fifth, once again loading the bases with one out. Taylor reached back and induced a popup and ground out to end the threat.
Maryland Eastern Shore will try to regain some momentum when they challenge Mount St. Maryís in a doubleheader Tuesday (Apr. 10). First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. at Straw Family Stadium in Emmitsburg.
|Bulldogs Softball Splits Home Doubleheader with Virginia Union
With the split, the Bulldogsí division record sits at 3-1, 5-5 in CIAA play and 8-13 overall. The BSU women combined for 16 hits in two games.
In the first game, the Bulldogs tallied seven hits, which included three doubles, and senior pitcher Nicoleen Ochoa (Madison, Ohio) gave up six hits and struck out six going all seven innings. Ochoa and junior Tiffany Bearns (Lusby, Md.) led Bowie State with a pair of hits each. The other hits in the opener came off the bat of senior Jaíseph Smith (Bowie, Md.) and juniors Jaelyn Belt (Glen Burnie, Md.) and Morgan Powell (Upper Marlboro, Md.).
The Bulldogs led the Lady Panthers 1-0 after the first inning before Virginia Unionís Shontel Linnette scored the first visitors run via a wild pitch in the top of the second.
Bowie State pounded out five hits in the third inning to extend its lead to 4-1. Powell led off the third with a double to center and scored from second after a successful bunt single by Ochoa. Ochoa stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch and later scored on a sacrifice fly by senior Jacqueline Pickering (Bowie, Md.). Three straight singles with the last coming from Belt, pushed Bearns across the plate.
Virginia Union (9-6, 4-4 CIAA, 1-1 North) scored their final run of game one in the top of the fourth inning with Breana Miller scoring during a double play run down.
Miller was Virginia Unionís top hitter in the opening game, recording two hits in thee at bats. As a team, the Lady Panthers had six hits with Linnette taking the loss in the circle.
Virginia Union jumped out to 3-0 lead at the top of the first inning of game two, but Bowie State closed the gap to 3-2 in the bottom of the first.
The Panthers bats came alive in the second inning, scoring seven runs on six hits ending Powellís day after 1.1 innings. Six of those runs were charged against Powell (1-2) leaving the Bulldogs in a 10-2 hole after two complete innings.
The Bulldogs got one run back in the bottom of the third following a sacrifice fly to deep left field by Bearns, scoring Smith who began the inning with a bunt single. However, the deficit was too deep for the home team to overcome.
Senior Lindsey Fenner (Aberdeen, Md.) paced the Bulldogs with two hits while seven other BSU players were responsible for one hit apiece in the game two setback.
The Bulldogs are schedule to host Virginia Stateís Trojans in a division doubleheader on Sunday, April 8 with first pitch at 2 p.m.
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Nets NCCUís Lone Point against the Lancers
FARMVILLE, Va. ó Junior Gabriel Cucalon won his sixth straight singles match for the North Carolina Central University menís tennis team in a 6-1 non-conference loss at Longwood University Friday.
Cucalon needed three sets to garner his victory from the No. 2 position in the Eagles lineup. He eventually dispatched freshman Raisei Sakai by a score of 6-4, 2-6, 6-3. Cucalon is now tied with sophomore teammate Theofanis Kontopoulos with nine singles wins.
Kontopoulos had a six-match win streak of his own come to an end by the racket of reigning Big South Freshman of the Year sophomore Amadeo Blasco, who improved to 14-5 with the 6-2, 6-0 win atop the lineup.
Junior No. 3 Sebastian Bromley also competed in a three-set battle for NCCU, but freshman Valentin Popescu rallied for the 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 triumph.
The Lancers won the bottom three singles matches in straight sets to complete the victory. Longwood improved to 10-8 on the season.
The Eagles earned a No. 3 doubles win by the sophomore duo of Pablo Juez Torres and Brooks Campbell. The prevailed 6-4 for their sixth win together.
However, Longwood won the top bout 6-4 and then Blasco and Sakai edged Cucalon and Bromley, 7-5, to secure the first team point.
NCCU (2-13) next hosts North Carolina A&T State University in a pivotal Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Southern Division showdown on Saturday at 10 a.m. The Eagles were scheduled to host Hampton University on Saturday, but that match has been rescheduled for Sunday, April 22 due to inclement weather.
Throws No-Hitter In Sweep Of Vikings
ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. Ė Shelby Griffis threw the program's fifth no-hitter as the Chowan Softball team rolled to a 2-0 start in the CIAA Northern Division with a sweep of cross-town rival Elizabeth City State on Friday afternoon.
FINAL | Chowan 10, Elizabeth City 0 (5) | Chowan 9, Elizabeth City 0 (5)
RECORDS | Chowan 19-12 (8-0, 2-0), Elizabeth City 1-23 (1-9, 0-4)
LOCATION | Elizabeth City, N.C.
INSIDE THE BOXSCORES
Shelby Griffis (8-6) only allowed a hit by pitch in the night cap as Griffis struck out six on her way to her first career no-hitter and fifth in program history.
Miranda Glover went 2-3 with three RBI in the first game. Donya Salman went 2-2 at the plate in the nightcap. Glover picked up two RBI in the second game.
Shannon Buchanan (9-6) picked up the win tossing 5.0 scoreless innings and scattered four hits and struck out eight.
Chowan drew eight walks in the opening contest and 11 in the second game.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Game One: Chowan 10, Elizabeth City 0 (Five innings)
Chowan plated their first run before the first hit was recorded as the first three batters: Kris Neal, Mackenzie Taggart, and Lindsey Stigler reached on a walk. Brittany Parson brought home the first run after being hit by a pitch. Donya Salman picked up the first hit of the contest with a base knock up the middle to plate a run. Kelsey Sonntag drew a bases loaded walk to extend lead to 3-0.
Miranda Glover continued the inning with a base hit to left field before Shannon Buchanan reached on a hit by pitch to push the lead to 5-0. A fielder's choice pushed across two runs on an error to lead 7-0.
Lindsey Stigler opened the second inning with a triple down the left field line before coming around to score after back-to-back walks and a wild pitch. Brittany Parson and Donya Salman would score on Miranda Glover's single to right for the 10-0 advantage.
Mackenzie Taggart picked up a single and Lindsey Stigler drew a walk in the fourth inning but left the base early.
Game Two: Chowan 9, Elizabeth City 0 (Five Innings)
Lindsey Stigler put the Hawks on the board first with a sacrifice fly following a Kris Neal and Mackenzie Taggartwalk to start the contest. Donya Salman doubled up the middle to give the Hawks a 2-0 lead early. Salman would swipe third and score on a passed ball as Kelsey Sonntag and Miranda Glover drew walks to prolong the inning.
The Hawks would lead 4-0 after the first inning of play.
Brittany Parson, Donya Salman, and Kelsey Sonntag drew walks to open the third inning before Miranda Gloverbrought home a pair with a single to left field. Sonntag came home to score on a wild pitch to push the lead to 7-0. Carleigh Wildeboer singled home a pair to give the Hawks a 9-0 lead.
Lindsey Stigler started the fourth with a single through the left side of the infield. EmaRae Flores drew a walk in the inning. Donya Salman grabbed a base hit to left. The Hawks showed sportsmanship stepping off the bags early for the out.
Chowan travels to Virginia State for a CIAA Northern Division clash between the top two teams in the division on Saturday, April 14.
|Chowan Duos Continues to Shine in ITA Rankings
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MURFREESBORO, N.C.- Chowan's Polina Novachuk/ Cynthia Carrier and Ghassan Alansi/ Adi Kaliakperov moved in the recent Oracle ITA Division II National Doubles Rankings after picking up their Conference Carolinas contest last week.
Polina Novachuk and Cynthia Carrier jumped to 33rd in the polls after dropping to 36th last week. The Hawks are 13-2 this season and winners of nine straight after defeating Limestone 8-5.
Novachuk and Carrier continue to be the only Conference Carolinas duo to be ranked in the top-50.
Ghassan Alansi and Adi Kaliakperov dropped four spots to 46th. The doubles duo post a 10-5 overall record and 3-2 in the league.
Alansi and Kaliakperov are joined Belmont Abbey's duo (#30) on the men's side.
|NCCU Captures Four Victories at High Point T&F Meet
HIGH POINT, N.C. Ė North Carolina Central University captured four
event victories and 11 more top-5 finishes during the 10th annual
VertKlasse Meeting outdoor track & field meet, hosted by High Point
University on Friday.
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earn five postseason qualifications at Colonial Relays
The Shore makes the most of weather shortened meet
WILLIAMSBURG, Virginia ó Although inclement weather cut their stay in Williamsburg short, the Maryland Eastern Shore track & field team still managed to bring home plenty of accolades from the Colonial Relays.
Sophomore Summer Fields (Baltimore, Maryland) becomes the fifth Hawk to punch their ticket to the IC4A/ECAC Championships. Fields qualified with a time of 24.65 seconds in the 200 meter dash.
Four Hawks earned a spot at the MEAC Championships in Greensboro next month. Senior Lenneisha Gilbert (Miami, Florida) ran the 400 meter dash in 57.79 seconds, and senior Stanley Meli (Eldoret, Kenya) ran a 15:48.28 in the 5K to clinch qualifications. In the 800 meter dash, two Hawks earned the right to head to Greensboro. Senior Donovan Mundy (Jacksonville, Florida) ran the 800 in 1:54.11 and sophomore Neus Quinonero (Valencia, Spain) earned a time of 2:13.46.
The Shore has now achieved 14 MEAC qualifiers for the season.
In addition to all the postseason berths, senior Oussama Chouati (Manresa, Spain) won the 3000 steeplechase with a time of 9:06.75. That mark is the fourth victory for the Hawks during the outdoor campaign.
Two others earned top ten finishes, with senior Luan Gabriel (Roseau, Dominica) earning a pair with her performances in the 100 and 200 dashes. Freshman Chisom Onukwugha (New Carrolton, Maryland) finished seventh in the 110 hurdles. All three top ten finishers have already qualified for the postseason in at least one event.
Maryland Eastern Shore will now focus their attention to the Towson Invitational next Saturday (Apr. 14).