Even start for the Lady Bulldogs
By Maurice Berry
The Lady Bulldogs softball team was swept 11-0 and 9-3 in their home opener by Shepherd University. In the first game, the Lady Bulldogs gave six runs in the second inning and couldn't respond. In the second game, they put up three runs in the first inning and couldn't mustard up any more runs. Of Bowie State's two hits in the opener, senior Faline Brown (Inwood, W.Va., Hagerstown C.C.) and freshman Kristen Lee (Germantown, Md., Northwest) were responsible for those. Errors really hurt BSU as the Lady Bulldogs committed four in game one. Six Bowie State players had one hit in game two with freshman Amanda Hedgepeth (Odenton, Md., Arundel) accounting for two RBI. The error bug bit the Lady Bulldogs again as BSU recorded four in game two as well.
On March 9, the Lady Bulldogs were swept by Division I Coppin State University 4-1 and 7-2. Bowie State missed a scoring opportunity in their half of the fifth inning. Hedgepeth began the inning with a single through the right side and advanced to third on back-to-back ground outs. Unfortunately for the Lady Bulldogs, Brown went down swinging, leaving Hedgepeth stranded at third.
Lee stroked a triple down the left field line to begin the Bowie State sixth inning. Lee scored the Lady Bulldogs lone run of the game, following a ground out by junior transfer Shalai Tabor (Waldorf, Md., Delaware State). A four-run Bowie State rally in the top of the first inning set the tone as the Lady Bulldogs ran away with a 6-1 win over the Goldey-Beacom College softball team. The game was supposed to be a doubleheader, but the second game was called off due to darkness after two and a half innings. Bowie State (3-4) jumped out to an early 4-0 lead by using one hit, two walks and two Lightning errors in the inning. BSU senior Annette Makle (Brandywine, Md., Gwynn Park) drove in three with a deep shot to left field that was dropped by a Lightning outfielder. The Lady Bulldogs swept Lincoln and Virginia Union. They beat Livingstone College, Johnson C. Smith, Fayetteville State University, they lost to Chowan University, swept by Millersville University. The Lady Bulldogs record now stands at 10-9, 5-1 CIAA. Congratulations to sophomore Danielle McClay (Silver Spring, Md., Montgomery Blair) was Defensive Player of the Week.