Dover, Del. (May 5, 2018) --- The Delaware State baseball team will not compete in this year’s MEAC Championship Tournament after dropping a doubleheader to Maryland-Eastern Shore at Soldier Field today. The Hornets lost the opener 8-3 and fell 5-1 in the nightcap. The Hawks swept the three-game series to earn the third MEAC North seed in the upcoming tournament.
The top three seeds in the MEAC Northern and Southern divisions qualify for the post-season tourney.
In the seven-inning nightcap, MDES broke a 1-1 tie with three runs in the sixth inning. The Hawks added an insurance run in the seventh to seal the win.
Dwayne Marshall was the winning pitcher in game two, allowing just four hits and one run, while striking out seven in six innings for the Hawks.
MDES scored the go-ahead run in the sixth on a wild pitch by Delaware State starter Darnell Maisonet. Avery Tunnell had a two-run double to later in the inning to give the Hawks a 4-1 lead.
Delaware State scored first in the nightcap on a groundout by Miguel Rivera in the third inning. The Hawks answered with a run in the top of the fourth to tie the score.
In the opener, Marshall was 3-for-5 with three runs batted in and Jamison Trower had three hits and two RBI in four at bats to lead the Hawks. Also, Tyler Friis was 3-for-3 with a RBI for MDES.
Evan Bertone was the winning pitcher for the Hawks, tossing 6.2 innings, allowing five hits and three runs (two earned), while striking out nine.
Jared Gillis (2-for-3) and Adrian Hill (2-for-4) had two hits each for the Hornets. Hill also drove in a run, while Cole Garey and Maurice Parsons also knocked in runs for DSU.
Starting pitcher Sean McGrath was tagged with the loss in the opener for the Hornets.