Maryland Eastern Shore Offensive Outburst Gives Hawks Victory Over Towson


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PRINCESS ANNE, MARYLAND — The Maryland Eastern Shore baseball team snapped a four game losing streak with an offensive outburst against the Towson Tigers, reaching double digits in runs for the first time this season in a 10-4 win Tuesday at Hawk Stadium. Not only did The Shore improve to 8-27 for the season but the team registered its first victory over Towson in school history.

Junior Jamison Trower (Chesterfield, Virginia) was a big factor in the offensive charge, going 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, two runs scored and an RBI. Senior Jordan Martin (Atlanta, Georgia) and sophomore Ryan Rotondo (Warwick, Rhode Island) added two RBI’s, with Rotondo joining freshman Blake Coleman (Woodbridge, Virginia) with a multi-hit game.

The Hawks kept the pressure on the Tigers while on the base paths with an impressive five stolen bases without a runner getting caught. Freshman Randy Pineda (Hazleton, Pennsylvania) had two of them, bringing his total to six for the year.

On the mound, freshman Bryan Liriano (Rockville, Maryland) earned his first collegiate victory with a five inning effort, surrendering three earned runs with three strikeouts. The bullpen combined for four shutout innings with a freshman trio of Andre Bell (Detroit, Michigan), Marty Tolson, Jr. (Stafford, Virginia) and Steven Cook (Westminster, Maryland).

“Great team win today.” Hawks coach Charlie Goens said. “Bryan gave us a good start to get his first win and the bullpen put up zeros. Also proud of the way we swung the bat today. The guys produced with runners in scoring position and kept pressure on the defense. All around great team win.”

Both teams battled back and forth in the early innings. Towson struck first with a pair of runs, and the Hawks countered with an RBI single by Rotondo in the bottom half of the first. The Shore grabbed the lead with RBI’s by Martin and junior Tyler Friis (Appleton, Wisconsin) the following inning.

Towson rallied to tie in the third, but the Hawks would play small ball, using a variety of bunt singles, sacrifice flies and stolen bases to push across three runs to regain the lead—this time for good—by a score of 6-3. Maryland Eastern Shore would put the game away with another run in the fourth and three more in the fifth.

Conference play continues in Dover against Delaware State this weekend.

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