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Sunday, April 7, 2013


BOWIE, Md. - The Chowan University softball team picked up two CIAA Northern Division wins on Sunday afternoon after sweeping the Lady Bulldogs of Bowie State 15-0 and 17-0.  Seven Hawks combined to pound out 16 hits in the first game, with each player in the line-up getting a hit in the victory. The setback sets the Bowie State record at 6-22 overall, 3-10 in the CIAA and 2-6 in the Northern Division.

Chowan (20-18, 13-0 CIAA, 8-0 North) had a monster first inning offensively, scoring 10 runs off of nine hits and one error by the Lady Bulldogs.  Amber Matthew's sacrifice fly scored Liz Hipple to put the Hawks on the board, and Lacey Wildeboer’s RBI double to left center gave Chowan an early 2-0 lead.  Hannah Joyce scored on a wild pitch, and Tori Cragan and Shelby Pendleton had RBI singles to build the Hawks' lead to 5-0.  Leigh Ward’s infield base knock added a run for the Hawks and Hipple came up again in the inning and used an RBI single to score Pendleton.  Courtney Baker’s two run double followed by Jocye's RBI single up the middle solidified a 10-0 lead for Chowan.

The Hawks kept the momentum going in the top of the second using a two-run error and a ground out to build a 13-0 lead.  They tacked on a run in the fourth and one in the fifth with a fielder's choice and a groundout respectively.

Alora Lincoln tossed her second shutout in as many days, and held Bowie State to four hits in the contest.   Junior Mariela Hernandez (Del Rio, Texas) took the loss in the circle for the Lady Bulldogs.  Hernandez gave up 15 runs in the contest, only three of which were earned.

The Hawks went to work again early in the nightcap, taking a 1-0 lead in the first after a Matthews' double to left center scored Hipple.  Four more runs in the second led to a 5-0 lead for Chowan.  The Hawks tacked on 10 more runs in the top of the third using RBI singles from Lauren Astengo, Pendleton, and Wildeboer, a sacrifice fly, a double from Baker, a two-run homerun from Kelly Hardison, a two-run error, and an RBI single from Hipple.

Chowan capped off the nightcap with two additional runs in the fifth after Sara Wiggins knocked in a pair of Hawks with a single to center field.

Courtney Groce earned the shutout victory for Chowan and tallied five strikeouts in the victory.  Hernandez took the second loss for the Lady Bulldogs after tossing five innings and allowing 13 earned runs. 

Bowie State sophomore Cassandra Clayborne (Damascus, Md.) continues her steady play, leading the Lady Bulldogs with four hits, which included a double in game one.

The Lady Bulldogs close out the regular season at home on Saturday (April 13th), hosting Lincoln University of Pennsylvania in a doubleheader beginning at 1 pm.

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