Maryland Eastern Shore Offense Explodes As Hawks Defeat Hornets

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DOVER, Delaware – Maryland Eastern Shore reached heights of offensive efficiency not see in years by a Princess Anne ballclub when they took down the Delaware State Hornets, 16-9, on Friday (Mar. 30).

The Hawks (5-21, 3-4 MEAC) earned their 16 runs on 21 hits, with five additional batters reaching via four errors and a hit by pitch. It was the first time since February 28, 2011 that The Shore eclipsed the 20-hit mark, which came in a 22-20 loss to Fairleigh Dickinson. For a 20 plus hit performance that won a game, you have to go back to March 24, 2007—a 19-3 win over Coppin State.

Senior Jamison Trower (Chesterfield, Virginia) knocked in five runs on four hits, including a two run homer. Freshman Dillon Oxyer (Pasadena, Maryland) did the reverse, registering five hits and driving in four while scoring four times himself.

Sophomore Dwayne Marshall (Piscataway, New Jersey) also enjoyed a four hit game and plated a pair. Seniors Tyler Friis (Appleton, Wisconsin) and Isaiah Chambers (Bowie, Maryland), along with junior Joey Nicastro (New Market, Maryland) had multi-hit, multi-run games. Nicastro also added a pair of RBI’s.

On the mound, sophomore Marty Tolson, Jr. (Stafford, Virginia) pitched five quality innings before Delaware State (2-22, 0-7 MEAC) finally broke through in the sixth. The performance still earned him his first win of the season. Senior Chris Melrath (Rising Sun, Maryland) struck out two in a scoreless relief appearance that finished the game.

Both offenses were relatively tame in the first four innings. Delaware State managed a run off a sacrifice fly in the first, and The Shore responded with Oxyer’s first RBI in the third.

The gloves came off for the Hawks in the fifth . An error set up the inning and soon the bases were loaded with no one out. Nicastro gave Eastern Shore its first lead with an RBI single before Trower cleared the bases with a three run double. The Hawks would score five in the frame to lead 6-1.

Tolson set the Hornets down in order and The Shore picked right up in the top of the sixth. Chambers singled off a bunt and then reached third thanks to a balk and wild pitch. Oxyer and Nicastro delivered again with clutch RBI’s and Marshall added an RBI double to help the Hawks plate four. Within two innings a 1-1 game had transformed into a 10-1 rout.

But after a lightning delay stalled play in the sixth, the Hornets took advantage of Mother Nature’s jolt. Delaware State sent 10 men to the plate and pushed home six runs, pulling the game back to 10-7 Hawks.

This show of force did not deter The Shore going into the seventh. Sophomore Blake Coleman (Woodbridge, Virginia) and Chambers singled to start the inning, and Friis sent the first run home on a double. Oxyer tripled home two more and Marshall added another RBI to drive the lead back up to seven.

The Hornets added runs in the seventh and eighth before Trower had the final say with his two run shot to finish out the scoring.

Maryland Eastern Shore and Delaware State close out the series with a doubleheader at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium Saturday (Mar. 31). First pitch is at noon.

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