The Morgan State University softball team swept Division II state foe Bowie State in a non-conference doubleheader, 15-7 in five innings and 7-1 on April 1 at Lois T. Murray Field in Baltimore, Md.

The victory was the Lady Bears’ (7-13 overall) second doubleheader sweep of the season and their first since taking two against North Carolina A&T on the road in Greensboro (March 18).

Junior pitcher Danielle Lugo led Morgan, going 5-for-9 on the day, including a 4-for-5 performance with three runs scored and 2RBI in the opening game.

The Lady Bulldogs’ Cara Nance went 4-for-6 to lead Bowie State, which fell to 11-9 on the season.

Bowie, which was riding a six-game winning streak into Sunday’s contests, struck first in the opening inning when Justine Smith scored off an RBI single hit by Adria Lewis to right centerfield, giving the guests an early 1-0 lead in Game 1.

That lead would be short lived as Morgan put up six points in the bottom half of the first.

Morgan added to its advantage with four more runs in the second, including three straight bases loaded walks to increase its lead to 10-1.

MSU added three more runs on a RBI double by Lugo and a RBI single up the middle by senior Lydia Walther-Rodriguez to make it a 13-5 game.

Bowie State’s Snyder and Raenelle Taylor each drove in a run in the top of the fifth for the Lady Bulldogs’ final runs to bring the guests within 13-7. But the Lady Bears ended the game in the bottom half of the inning when Lugo singled then advanced to second on an error by the Bowie centerfielder which allowed Brown and Christina to score unearned runs and end the game on the eight-run rule with a 15-7 victory.

Game 2 saw the Lady Bears score a run in the first and two runs each in the third and fifth innings to jump out to a 5-0 lead. Bowie scored its lone run in the sixth inning when Ray doubled to left center to score Nance and make it a 5-1 game.

Morgan would add its final two runs of the day in the bottom half of the sixth when

Richardson doubled, scoring Rodriguez and Matlock on the play for the 7-1 victory.
Morgan returns to action this weekend when it entertains the Lady Hornets of Delaware State in a three-game Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) series. It will also be the Lady Bears MEAC home opener at Lois T. Murray Field. The series gets underway with a doubleheader on Friday, April 6 at noon and concludes on Saturday, April 7 with a single game beginning at noon.
 

Kevin Paige

Special to the AFRO