Princess Anne, Md. (Mar. 23, 2012) --- Jordan Elliott tossed a four-hit shutout, while Ryan Haas and JP Frey drove in three runs each to lead Delaware State to a 13-0 win over Maryland Eastern Shore in a MEAC baseball contest at Hawk Stadium this afternoon.
The Hornets won for the second time in three games to improve to 13-9-1 overall and 4-0 in the MEAC. The Hawks fell to 1-20 and 0-4.
Seven players had at least two hits for DSU, which tallied 15 base knocks in the contest. The Hornets scored in every inning but the second.
The Hornets opened the scoring with five runs in the top of the first inning. Troy Drummond and Scott Davis began the game with singles, and Cameron Cecil followed with a double to score Drummond with the first game's first run. Haas singled in Davis to give DSU a 2-0 lead. Eddie Sorondo drove in the Hornets' third run on a fielder's choice. Frey singled in a run and Tony Gatto produced the final run of the inning on sacrifice fly.
The Hornets added a run in the third inning to take a 6-0 lead. Haas led off the inning with a double and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Sorondo.
DSU added two runs in the fourth to take an 8-0 lead. Davis singled in the first run of the inning and the second run crossed the plate on a UMES error.
Aaron Nardone tripled to lead off the Delaware State fifth and Frey followed with a suicide squeeze bunt to score Nardone with the Hornets' ninth run.
Haas had a run scoring double and Frey singled in a run to highlight DSU's three-run sixth inning.
The Hornets scored a run without a hit in the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Haas, who improved his season average to .378 after going 3-for-4 at the plate. His three RBI gives him a team-high 23 this season.
Elliott scattered four singles, while striking out four to improve to 3-2 on the season. His earned run average fell to 2.19 after tossing his third career shutout.
The Hornets and Hawks will wrap up their series with a doubleheader on Saturday. The first game is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. in Princess Anne, Md.