University of Maryland Eastern Shore Sports Information
PRINCESS ANNE, Maryland – Maryland Eastern Shore baseball will host Delaware State in the inaugural HBCU Classic at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium on April 22nd. The longtime Route 13 rivals will play after the Delmarva Shorebirds battle the Lakewood BlueClaws in a 2:05 p.m. matinee.
“The Delmarva Shorebirds are thrilled to host Maryland Eastern Shore and Delaware State for the inaugural HBCU Classic.” Shorebirds general manager Chris Bitters said. “This event continues our commitment to the local community, and we are excited to invite students from Kent County in Delaware and Talbot and Somerset Counties in Maryland as part of our Hit the Books Reading Initiative for both games that day. We are happy to host this event in solidarity with our local HBCU’s.”
Any ticket purchased for the Shorebirds contest will remain valid for the HBCU Classic. Tickets can be purchased by calling 410-219-3112 or theshorebirds.com. Fans can purchase online using the code “UMES2018” for a $5 upper reserved ticket. Those who wish to attend the HBCU Classic only can purchase tickets at the door following the closure of the Shorebirds box office or by visiting umestickets.com. Students can get into the HBCU Classic game only with their HawkCard.
“Our team is excited to play this event and we thank the Delmarva Shorebirds for their support.” Hawks coach Brian Hollamon said. “We are eager to show our talent to fans new and old as we take on our rivals from Dover. I’m proud as a lifelong Delmarva resident to have this platform to showcase some of the finest baseball the Eastern Shore has to offer.”
Fans are encouraged to attend both games. Prior to the start of the Shorebirds game, school president Dr. Juliette B. Bell will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Department of Fine Arts Dean Chris Harrington will display an exhibition on Negro League Baseball memorabilia from his personal collection while the Maryland Eastern Shore Admissions Department will have a table set up to answer questions from potential students. The Eastern Shore Baseball Museum will be open as well, just past the main level entrance.
The HBCU Classic game will be a crucial matchup for the right to travel to Daytona Beach, Florida for the 2018 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Baseball Championship. Maryland Eastern Shore’s conference record stands at 5-10 after taking this past Sunday’s (Apr. 15) game against Norfolk State. Delaware State—normally a perennial contender in the MEAC—has found themselves in unfamiliar territory with a 3-11 conference mark so far.
Six teams make it to Daytona—three from each division. With Coppin State and Norfolk State earning a wide gap at the top of the division, the battle for third place will most likely be between the two Delmarva squads.
Perdue Stadium has played host to The Shore for every home game during the 2018 season. The Hawks have earned five victories at the ballpark, including a victory that clinched the Hawks’ series win over the Hornets back on March 31st.
Delaware State has been Maryland Eastern Shore’s most common opponent since 1985 with 177 prior meetings. The Hornets lead the all-time series 132-45, but the Hawks have won 14 of 27 dating back to 2015.
Sunday’s game kicks off the final home week for the Hawks. Maryland Eastern Shore will battle Norfolk State April 28th and 29th to wrap up their 2018 slate at Perdue Stadium.