The Shore Stuns The Mount With Big Comeback, Sweep

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Down ten, the Hawks storm back in game one

 

EMMITSBURG, Maryland – For the first time in the 21st century, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore baseball team came back from ten runs down in a 15-12 victory over Mount St. Mary’s. In the second game, The Shore made a second comeback – this time from just 3-2 down – to win 4-3 and sweep Wednesday’s (April 3) doubleheader.

“I’m not proud of the fact we were down by 10 runs, but our guys were awesome staying focused on the game.” Hawks head coach Brian Hollamon said. “It was a great team win and lots of different guys contributed to get the win.”

Down 11-1 after five, the Hawks rallied for seven in the sixth. Blake Coleman (Woodbridge, Virginia) and Peter Jamieson, Jr. (Carlton, Pennsylvania) plated two each on RBI singles.

Needing three to force a tie, Michael Warley (Mechanicsville, Virginia) smacked a two run home run – his first collegiate round tripper – to pull within one. Brantley Cutler (Washington, North Carolina) followed with his first college triple, and Dwayne Marshall (Piscataway, New Jersey) brought him home with a single to square the contest, 11-11.

In the ninth, a Nick Roets (Charlotte, North Carolina) single scored Cutler to complete the comeback. Brian Cordell(Pasadena, Maryland) and Dillon Oxyer (Pasadena, Maryland) added RBI knocks for insurance.

The pitching of Johnny Franco (Hackettstown, New Jersey) and Cory Poulsen (Bel Air, Maryland) helped the Hawks make the comeback. Franco went 2 ⅓ with no earned runs and Poulsen earned his first win as an Eastern Shore pitcher with two innings of relief.

In game two, Oxyer doubled home a run in the first and Cutler hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth for a 2-0 lead. But the Mountaineers scored three times in the fifth to take the lead.

Needing another comeback, the Hawks quickly loaded the bases, spearheaded by a Devynn Hancock (Salisbury, Maryland) single. With one out, Roets took a 3-1 pitch in the back for a painful but rewarding game-tying RBI.

Oxyer singled to lead off the seventh and reached third on a Carson Davis (Oakboro, North Carolina) flyball. With Cutler batting, a pitch got by The Mount’s catcher to allow the Hawks to go ahead.

Chris Sanders (Pocomoke City, Maryland) held the Mountaineers from scoring in the final two innings despite inherting a leadoff triple in the sixth and giving up a leadoff double in the seventh. He got the win – also his first as a Hawk – which was set up by starter Cameron Bratton (Cumberland, Maryland), who no-hit The Mount for the first four innings.

Cordell, Cutler and Oxyer led the offense with four hits each, with Oxyer adding three RBI’s and Cordell and Cutler scoring three times. Hancock was also efficient, going 3-for-6 on the afternoon.

The wins improve The Shore’s record to 8-24 this season. Coppin State will travel across the Chesapeake for a three game series beginning Friday (April 5) at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium.

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