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Hawks earn sweep, trip to MEAC Championships

 

(Tunnel, UMES)

DOVER, Delaware --Maryland Eastern Shore baseball found the resolve and strength they needed to punch their ticket to the 2018 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Baseball Championship. Searching for two victories, the Hawks made their dream a reality with an 8-3 opening win, followed by a 5-1 clincher in game two over Delaware State at Soldier Field.  

The Shore (12-37, 8-16 MEAC) will represent the MEAC's Northern Division as the number three seed in Daytona Beach, Florida later this month.

"I'm extremely proud of my players this weekend for their efforts." Hawks coach Brian Hollamon said. "With our backs against the wall, we executed a perfect gameplan--great pitching, solid defense and timely hitting. They played great and they have earned this trip to Florida."    

Several players were key to the Hawks' victories on Saturday (May 5). Senior Jamison Trower (Chesterfield, Virginia) had a three hit opener with two RBI's, and sophomore Dwayne Marshall (Piscataway, New Jersey) registered three RBI's in the first game before throwing six innings of one run ball in the nightcap. Senior Tyler Friis (Appleton, Wisconsin) also added three hits in game one, scoring four runs during the doubleheader.

Marshall's performance on the mound was matched by senior Evan Bertone (Douglas, Massachusetts) in the opener. Bertone went 6 2/3 innings with only one earned run. Fellow senior Chris Melrath (Rising Sun, Maryland) finished off all three games of the series, garnering a save in the first contest Saturday.

The Shore broke out early in the first game. Marshall doubled in the second and Trower nailed a double in the third to give the Hawks a 3-0 lead. They would add two more in the sixth and three more in the ninth to lead wire-to-wire and force the winner take all finale.

In the nightcap, Delaware State struck first with a run in the third. Friis scored off an error in the fourth to tie the score. The sixth inning was when the Hawks cemented their trip to Daytona, as senior Isaiah Chambers (Bowie, Maryland) scored on a wild pitch and freshman Avery Tunnell (Dover, Delaware) stroked a two run double.

Insurance was added in the seventh to make the score 5-1, and Melrath came in to close it out. Maryland Eastern Shore turned crucial double plays in the sixth and seventh en route to the win.

Potential matchups and start times for the MEAC Championship will be decided after next weekend. In the meantime the Hawks will wrap up their regular season with a doubleheader versus Georgetown on Wednesday (May 9).   


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