Salisbury, Md. (Apr. 22, 2018) --- Darnell Maisonet tossed a six-hit complete game shutout, striking out 11, to lead Delaware State to a 3-0 victory over Maryland-Eastern Shore at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium this evening. The victory completed a sweep of the three-game weekend series by the Hornets.
Delaware State scored the only runs of the game in the eighth inning.
Maisonet (2-2) struck out at least one batter in all but one inning, including two in the fourth, sixth and ninth. The 11 Ks are one shy of his career best. He struck out 12 batters in seven innings vs. Coppin State on March 26.
Maisonet has 39 strikeouts in 30 innings pitched this season (1.3 per inning). He is second on the Hornets in strikeouts. Team leader Lane DeLeon has 44 Ks in 53 innings this year.
Delaware State’s eighth inning rally began with a leadoff single by Todd Henry off MDES starter Toby Hoskins, who hit the next batter, Miguel Rivera, to give the Hornets runners at second and first. Henry and Rivera moved up a base when Maisonet grounded out to first. Jared Gillis then reached base and advanced to second on a fielder’s choice and error, with Henry scoring the game’s first run on the play. Catcher Adrian Hill followed with a single to right to drive in Rivera and Gillis to give DSU a 3-0 lead.
In the MDES ninth, Maisonet retired the first two batters on a strikeout and fly out. The next two batters reached base on a single and walk, bring the potential tying run to the plate. Maisonet ended the game by striking out Avery Tunnell on a called third strike.
The Hornets had just five singles in the contest, including two by second baseman John Weglarz.
Delaware State returns to action with a home contest against the University of Delaware on Tuesday (Apr. 24). Game is 3 p.m. at Soldier Field. The Hornets return to MEAC action with a three-game series at Coppin State next weekend (Apr. 28-29).
Maisonet has allowed 22 hits and seven runs (four earned), while striking out 33 and walking 12 in his last four outings, spanning 29 innings (1.24 ERA).