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Hawks fall in pitchers’ duel with Fordham

302sports 146 Mar 4

(Tunnell, UMES)

SALISBURY, Maryland — The University of Maryland Eastern Shore baseball team struggled offensively in the series finale with the Fordham Rams Sunday (March 3). The result was a 2-1 loss in the pitchers' duel at Perdue Stadium.

"I'm proud overall but there's things we need to do better, especially on offense." Hawks coach Brian Hollamon said. "Our pitchers did a great job, and we played good defense. But we didn't hit after the first inning."

The Hawks did jump on the board first. Avery Tunnell (Dover) whacked a double in the first to score Dillon Oxyer (Pasadena, Maryland). After that, however, The Shore could only muster two hits - an Oxyer single and a base hit from Payton Hoskins (North East, Maryland).

Starter Cameron Bratton (Cumberland, Maryland) went five strong, allowing one run and working his way out of the four walks he gave up. Chris Sanders (Pocomoke City, Maryland) took the loss after Fordham took the lead in the seventh on a single, two bunts and a steal. Keith Carpenter (Walled Lake, Michigan) added two scoreless frames.

Fordham managed the win on five hits, but helped their cause by drawing five total walks and stealing three bases. The Rams head back to New York taking three of four in the series.

Maryland Eastern Shore falls to 2-10 on the season.

The Hawks travel to Newark, Delaware Wednesday (March 6) for a meeting with the Blue Hens.