Lady Bears open conference play with three-game sweep

Benjamin McKnight

The Morgan State University Lady Bears (12-10, 3-0) softball team completed a series sweep of Howard University this weekend at the newly renovated Lois T. Murray Field.

“We played hard and played through each inning together. We had solid defense and some hot bats to back Kiwi (Amy Begg) up,” said junior second baseman Danielle Pipit. “Every single player on the team had their part this weekend; it was a huge team sweep to set the tone for the rest of the season.”

The Lady Bears kicked off game one of the three-game stretch against the Lady Bison Saturday with a 5-3 win. Morgan got off to a hot start scoring three runs in the first inning and two more runs in the second.

Howard looked to redeem themselves in Sunday’s double-header but the Lady Bears kept all momentum going.

A triple by senior Kate Vosper scored sophomore Damali Young in the first inning to put Morgan up 1-0. Another run in the third inning and solid pitching by Begg was just enough to put the Bison away in game one of the double-header.

In game two, the Lady Bears had to play from behind after they struck first with Young scoring again by way of Vosper, who picked up an RBI. Howard got their bats going with a double by Brooklyn Emory that scored 3 runs, taking a 3-1 lead on Morgan in the second inning.

But the Lady Bears didn’t back down. A triple by sophomore shortstop Mikaela Browdy would set up a sacrifice fly by catcher junior Anissa Morales to bring Browdy home. Howard led 3-2 going into the third inning.

Another sacrifice fly by Giselle Alvarez gave the Morgan a 4-3 lead and another solid pitching performance by Begg sealed the deal for the home team.

“This weekend was a massive team effort, everyone played their hearts out and stayed focused on our goal of getting the sweep,” said Begg.

“Great conference opening win for us. Wasn’t pretty but we found a way to win the games,” said coach Myron Vanterpool.

The Lady Bears will face Mount St. Mary’s Tuesday in a double-header at Lois T. Murray Field 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.