After two preseason tournaments in Florida, the Lady Bears returned to campus to play in front of their home crowd for the first time this season in the Morgan State University tournament at Lois T. Murray field. The Lady Bears went 2-2 in the weekends non-conference contests to bring their overall record to 5-9.
Game 1 vs. Lafayette
A day after having their home opener cancelled due to inclement weather, the Lady Bears got things going. Morgan scored the game’s first points with three runs in the second inning, the first coming when Haylee Bobos flew out to right field to score Browdy. Damali Young later singled to center field, scoring both Stormy Zyzyk and Jalian Young to make it a 3-0 ball game.
The Lady Bears would add a run each in the fourth and fifth innings. Zyzyk flew out to left field in the fourth inning to score Meikel Turner and Jalian Young singled in Mikaela Browdy in the fifth inning to up the lead to 5-0. The Lady Bears hung on to win by the same score.
Senior pitcher Amy Begg, set the school’s single season shutout record with seven in 2017, would break the school’s all-time shutout record in this game by recording her ninth career shutout. Begg would pitch a complete game, allowing four hits, a walk and threw four strikeouts.
Game 2 vs. St. Bonaventure
On the mound for the Lady Bears in game two was junior Erica Hawkins (0-1). Morgan took a 1-0 lead in the third inning on an RBI single by Damali Young to bring her sister Jalian home to score. St. Bonaventure responded in the top of fourth inning, scoring two runs to take a 2-1 lead. The Lady Bears would tie the game up at two in the bottom of the fourth, but it would be all St. Bonaventure the rest of the way as they tallied five runs in the top of the fifth inning and never looked back. The Lady Bears were defeated 10-3.
Game 3 vs. Fairleigh Dickinson
On the mound for the Lady Bears against Fairleigh Dickinson was sophomore transfer Stephanie Rundlett (1-3). Fairleigh Dickinson got off to a hot start scoring two runs in the first inning. At the bottom of the first, Damali Young hit a solo homer to put the Lady Bears on the board. But the Lady Knights got their bats going, scoring seven unanswered points to put the Lady Bears away defeating them 9-4.
Game 4 vs. Saint Peter’s
Begg (4-5) took the mound for the Lady Bears as they defeated the Saint Peter’s Peacocks convincingly 8-1.
The Lady Bears stay home to host the MSU Invitational against University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) Saturday March 10 and St. Bonaventure Sunday March 11.