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HORNETS RALLY LATE FOR SECOND STRAIGHT WIN

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                                      (Hill Left, Gillis Left Center, Shorts Right Center, McGrath Right Center, DSU)

Salisbury, Md. (Mar. 30, 2019) --- Delaware State scored five runs in the eighth inning to highlight a 6-2 victory over Maryland-Eastern Shore in a MEAC contest at Perdue Stadium this afternoon.

The Hornets have won the first two games in the three-game series to improve to 8-15 overall and 3-5 in the MEAC. The Hawks fell to 6-23 and 2-6.

Delaware State trailed 2-1 before the eighth inning explosion.

Tommy Jordan walked to lead off the inning and John Weglarz followed with a single to put runners at second and first. After each moved up a base on a sacrifice bunt by Miquel Rivera, Cole Garey was hit by a pitch to load the bases. The next batter, Jared Gillis (Smyrna), singled to center, scoring Jordan and Weglarz to give the Hornets a 3-2 lead.  Rich Rountree followed with a single to load the bases again. The sacks were still full with two outs when pinch hitter Adrian Hill (Polytech) singled to right to score Gillis and Garey,  stretching the lead to 5-2. Mark Herron singled in Rountree with the Hornets’ fifth run of the inning.

Maryland-Eastern Shore scored single runs in the first and fifth innings to lead 2-0.

The Hornets got on the board in the sixth when Rivera smacked his first homer of the season, a two-out solo shot to left center.  

Rivera was two-for-three in the game to raise his season average to a team-high .352. Gillis was two-for-five with two batted in, and has four hits and five RBI in the series.  

Delaware State freshman Robert Shorts (St Georges) pitched 2.1 scoreless innings of one-hit relief to pick up the win.

Hornet starter Sean McGrath (St Georges) pitched well, but was not involved in the decision. McGrath threw 6.2 innings, allowing five hits and two runs, while striking out a season-high seven without a walk.

The Hornets and Hawks will close out the series with a single game on Sunday (Mar. 31) at Perdue Stadium. The start time has been moved up to 10:00 a.m. due to the threat of rain later in the day.