RALEIGH, N.C. – The Bowie State University softball team could not find its rhythm on Saturday (2/15) and dropped a non-conference doubleheader at Shaw University, 9-5 and 5-3. The losses drop the Bulldogs to 0-4 on the season.
Junior Morgan White (Baltimore, Md.) paced the Bulldogs with a team-high three hits over the two games while six other Bowie State players tallied two hits each. Sophomore Shanya Gordon (Elkridge, Md.) along with freshman Monet Brown (Los Angeles, Calif.) were responsible for a pair of RBI each and sophomore Brooke Ware (Upper Marlboro, Md.) scored two runs on the afternoon.
In game one, each team scored a run in the opening inning before Shaw pushed one across the dish in the bottom of the 2nd inning to take a 2-1 lead.
After a scoreless 3rd inning, Bowie State pulled even at 2-2 in the top of the 4th inning. However, the Shaw Lady Bears put five runs on the scoreboard in the bottom of the 4th inning to give the home team some breathing room at 7-2.
The Bulldogs trimmed the Lady Bears lead to 7-4 in the top half of the 5th inning only to see the Lady Bears match Bowie State’s run production to maintain a five-run cushion.
Bowie State was able to add one more run in the top pf the 6th inning but would get no closer to finish game one with 9-5 setback. Freshman Seaaira Yiengst (Port Charlotte, Fla.) took the loss in the circle.
The second game of the afternoon was much closer. The Shaw Lady Bears scored first in the nightcap in the bottom of the 1st inning and the Bowie State Bulldogs evened the score at 1-all in the top of the 2nd inning.
Shaw would take the lead for good in the bottom of the 3rd inning, plating three for a 4-1 advantage.
The Bulldogs and Lady Bears would match each-others run total in the 5th inning and Bowie State managed a run in the top of the 7th inning to account for the final margin of 5-3.
Brown pitched five innings in game two, allowed eight hits and struck out two in the loss.
Bowie State will try to get into the win column on Friday (Feb. 21), when they face Miles College in the Bulldogs’ opening game of the CIAA/SIAC Challenge in Spartanburg, S.C.