SALISBURY, Md. — The University of Maryland Eastern Shore baseball team was shut out 3-0 in the inaugural HBCU Classic on Sunday, with Delaware State completing its sweep of the Hawks.
The Hawks 9-31 (5-13 MEAC) pitching held the Hornets 8-29 (6-11 MEAC) scoreless for seven innings, until the eighth during which Delaware State scored three runs to put the game away.
Senior pitcher Toby Hoskins (North East, Md.) allowed just two hits in the first six innings, while Hornets pitcher Darnell Maisonet held the Hawks scoreless, getting outs whenever they attempted to score.
Hawks catcher Dominic DeBlasie (Tilton, N.H.) and Hornets catcher Adrian Hill had great games as well, with four of the combined base steals called out. Hawks senior Isaiah Chambers (Bowie, Md.) had the only successful stolen base.
The game was scoreless until the eighth inning thanks to the efforts of both sides. A fielder’s choice scored the first run of the game for the Hornets, then Hill knocked in two more with an RBI single.
UMES had six singles for the game for their total amount of hits. The Hawks threatened to score in the ninth when sophomore Dwayne Marshall (Piscataway, N.J.) singled and DeBlasie was walked. Freshman Avery Tunnell (Dover, De.) had a chance to tie the game but struck out.
The Hawks will travel to La Salle on Tuesday before their home series finale against Norfolk State.