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Hanover, Md. (Apr. 12, 2019) --- Garrett Lawson tossed a two-hit shutout, while striking out a career-high 14 to lead Delaware State to a 10-0 victory over MEAC North leader Coppin State in the opener of a three-game series today.

The Hornet offense contributed to the win by pounding out 12 hits. Jared Gillis was two-for-four with three runs batted in, John Weglarz had three hits and scored two runs in four at bats and Cole Garey smacked his second home run of the season to lead the way.

Lawson recorded eight of his first nine outs by strikeout and struck out the side in the first, third and sixth innings. He only allowed singles in the second and fifth innings and just two Coppin State batters reached second base in the contest.  

Lawson improved to 5-3 with a 1.70 earned run average and 62 strikeouts in 51.1 innings of work this season.

The Hornets opened the scoring with a run in the top of the first inning. Tommy Jordan walked to lead off the game and scored on a two-out wild pitch by Coppin State starter J Taylor.

Delaware State opened up a 2-0 lead when Garey tagged Taylor for a home run to lead off the fourth.

The Hornets doubled their lead when Gillis singled in Weglarz and Miguel Rivera with one out in the fifth.

DSU blew the game open with six runs in the seventh. The Hornets sent 12 batters to the plate in the inning. Gillis singled in his third run of the game, while Garey and Jordan also had run scoring hits in the inning. A run also crossed the plate on a sac fly by Rich Rountree. In addition, Delaware State scored seventh inning runs on a wild and an error by the Eagles.

Jordan, Rivera and Todd Henry also two hits in the game.

The game was called after Coppin State batted in the seventh inning due to the MEAC’s 10-run rule.

The Hornets improved to 11-18 overall and 6-7 in the MEAC, while the Eagles fell to 16-14 and 9-4.

Game two of the series is set for Saturday at 2:00 p.m. The series finale is scheduled for Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

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