PRINCESS ANNE, Md.- The University of Maryland Eastern Shore will be starting off its 2017 softball season Friday in Buies Creek, North Carolina for the Campbell Invitational Tournament.
Located on the campus of host team Campbell University, the Hawks will take part in a four game tournament that will include the Campbell Camels, the Saint Francis Red Flash as well as the North Carolina Central Eagles.
Hawks Head Coach Sam Douglas will be entering his twelfth year with the team and will look to lead the Hawks to a successful season after posting a 11-30 record last season. The Hawks grabbed double digit victories for just the fourth time in Douglas’ tenure with the team.
Douglas lost eight players from last season including three-time All Conference selection Vanessa Gomez. Nine new players will join the Hawks this season, but veteran experience from senior infielder Allison Anderson and 2016 All-MEAC selection junior pitcher Adrienne Guerra will look to provide stability.
Posting a .262 batting average and a team E.R.A. of 5.92 had UMES in tough positions last season. The Hawks also struggled on the road posting a 5-20 record.
UMES was defeated by Campbell and North Carolina Central twice last season, and hasn’t faced Saint Francis since 2013 where the Red Flash won 11-4.
Following the conclusion of the Campbell Invitational, the Hawks will head over to North Charleston, South Carolina to take part in the Willie Jewell’s Invitational Tournament Feb. 24.