Fast Start Keys Delaware State Hornets To MEAC Win Over Hawks

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Salisbury, Md. – Garrett Lawson threw 7.1 solid innings and the offense tied a season-high with 14 hits to lead Delaware State to a wire-to-wire 9-2 victory over Maryland-Eastern Shore in a MEAC North contest at Perdue Stadium this afternoon.

The Hornets scored six runs in the first three innings and led 9-0 before the Hawks got on the board in the eighth to improve to 7-15 overall and 2-5 in the MEAC.

MDES fell to 6-22 and 2-5.

Lawson allowed just five hits and two runs, while striking out a career-high 10 batters and walking just one to improve to 4-2 on the season.

Second baseman John Weglarz was four-for-five with a double and two runs scored, while third baseman Jared Gillis had two hits and three RBI in four at bats for the Hornets. Rich RountreeTodd Henry and Mark Herron also had two base knocks for DSU. Herron also drove in two in the game.

Delaware State started quickly with three runs in the top of the first inning off Maryland-Eastern Shore starter Dwayne Marshall.

Tommy Jordan walked to lead off the game and Weglarz followed with a single to give the Hornets runners at second and first. Jordan was at third and Weglarz on second with two outs when Gillis singled through the right side, scoring both runners to give DSU a 2-0 lead. The next batter, Rich Rountree, doubled to right to score Gillis with the Hornets’ third run.

Delaware State tacked on two more runs in the second. Miquel Rivera singled home Todd Henry with  the first run of the inning and the second crossed the plate on a sac fly by Cole Garey.

The Hornets opened up a 6-0 lead when Rountree singled to lead off the third and later scored on a two-out double by Herron.

Delaware State put three more on the board in the sixth to lead by nine. Henry tripled to lead off the and scored the Hornets’ seventh run of the game when Herron followed with a single for his second RBI of the game. DSU scored its second run of the inning when Jordan crossed the plate on a MDES error and Gillis drove in his third run of the game on a two-out single to score Weglarz.

Chandler Fitzgerald threw 1.2 scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out one, in relief of Lawson.

The Hornets and Hawks will play game two of the series on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and close out the series with a 1:00 p.m. contest on Sunday. The games will also be played at Perdue Stadium.

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