Zake Mills, Derek Schoff Propel Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks To Doubleheader Sweep

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PRINCESS ANNE, Maryland – With an incredible pitching performance from sophomore Zach Mills (Parksley, Virginia) and a clutch hit by freshmanDerek Schoff (Colora, Maryland), Maryland Eastern Shore secured a doubleheader sweep over Delaware State Sunday to pull within one game of the Hornets in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Northern Division.

The Hawks won the first game 8-1 then pulled out the second game by a 3-2 score, improving their record to 5-21 (3-6 MEAC). Delaware State fell to 8-14 (4-5 MEAC) on the season.

“Our guys played well today.” Hawks coach Charlie Goens said. “We received really good pitching and defense in both games. Also we got the timely hitting with runners in scoring position that we have been needing.”

Mills turned in the most effective outing of his college career so far, striking out 11 batters and retiring the first ten Hornets in order. His day completed with a victorious seven innings of shutout work with just two hits and a walk surrendered.

Offensively, The Shore took the lead in the second inning of game one, when senior Jordan Martin (Atlanta, Georgia) singled in a run and junior Tyler Friis(Appleton, Wisconsin) added a sacrifice fly. Junior Jamison Trower (Chesterfield, Virginia) put the icing on the cake with a two RBI double to extend the lead in the sixth, and the Hawks added runs in the seventh and eighth for insurance.

But insurance was not needed as junior Evan Bertone (Douglas, Massachusetts) and freshman Dwayne Marshall (Piscataway, New Jersey) closed the door with a combined two innings of relief that added two more strikeouts, meaning that nearly half the Hornets were retired without putting the ball in play.

The evening affair was much closer, and this time Delaware State got on the board first with runs in both the second and third innings. In the bottom of the third, two Hornet errors gave the Hawks their chance. After a wild pitch scored Friis and pulled the Hawks within one, Trower punched home the tying run with a single to right.

After seniors Jordan Wesley (Mitchellville, Maryland) and Justin Somerville (New Windsor, Maryland) reached base in the fourth, Schoff—looking for his first hit in two weeks—broke thru his cold spell with a fly ball single to center, scoring Wesley for the go-ahead run.

Exceptional pitching from junior Toby Hoskins (North East, Maryland) and Marshall made that lead stand up for the remainder of the game. Hoskins picked up his first win of the season and Marshall netted his second save.

For the day, Wesley reached base six times in nine plate appearances—with three hits in the opener, two walks and a hit by pitch. Trower led with three RBI’s for the Hawks, and was one of our four players to have a multi-hit game—along with Martin, Schoff and sophomore Ryan Rotondo (Warwick, Rhode Island).

Following the games, the Hawks showed a sign of solidarity with those suffering from pediatric cancer, getting the heads shaved and raising money for the cause.

“The biggest win today was in our fight against pediatric cancer.” Goens said. “Teaming with Vs. Cancer to help find a cure is a step in the right direction in fighting this horrible disease. Our guys had a great time getting their heads shaved. It’s the least we can do. Kids should be running around playing baseball, not having to fight for their lives at such an early age.”

To donate, please visit the Hawks’ page on the Vs. Cancer website.

The Hawks will face George Washington in a midweek game Tuesday before returning to conference play at Coppin State April 8th and 9th. The team will return home April 12th against Navy and will face the Hornets again in Dover April 22nd and 23rd.

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