Tre-von Johnson was 3-for-4 for UMES against Delaware State on Wednesday.
Tre-von Johnson was 3-for-4 for UMES against Delaware State on Wednesday.

May 18, 2011

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Delaware State right-hander Jordan Elliott pitched a complete game seven-hitter as the Hornets defeated the University of Maryland Eastern Shore baseball team, 5-0, in the opening game of the 2011 MEAC Baseball Championship at Jackie Robinson Ballpark Wednesday.

Elliott (6-5) stuck out 12 and walked none to help DSU (25-27) advance and play Thursday at 2 p.m. against the winner of the game between No 3 North Carolina A&T and No. 4 Norfolk State later Wednesday at 6 p.m.

The second seeded Hornets were lead offensively by Keith Hernandez, Aaron Nardone and D.J. Miller with two hits apiece. Tre-Von Johnson (East New Market, Md.) batted 3-for-4 with three singles for UMES, which fell to 8-40 and will play the loser of the Bethune-Cookman- Florida A&M game Thursday at 10 a.m.

Elliott, a Second Team All-MEAC selection, was in control from the start. He stuck out the side in the top of the first and did not allow a UMES player to second base until fellow second-team selection Johnson reached second in the top of the ninth.

Delaware State broke on top with two runs in the bottom of the first off starter Matt Witte (Westminster Md.). Hernandez and Troy Drummond drew consecutive walks. Scott Davis' sacrifice bunt moved both runners up and Ryan Haas was hit by a pitch to load the bases.

Nardone then came through with a two run-single up the middle to give the Hornets the lead.

Delaware State added to the lead in the fifth. Haas and Nardone had back-to-back singles and a Cameron Cecil sacrifice bunt advanced the runners. Then, with one out, Miller lifted a fly ball to right field to bring in Haas to push the lead to 3-0.

Hernandez and Drummond made the lead to 5-0 in the eighth. Hernandez hit a one-out RBI single up the middle to score Miller from second and Drummond had a sacrifice fly to center to score Jose Portela.

Witte (3-7) pitched well for the Hawks. Witte allowed just three earned runs in 6.2 innings, surrendering six hits and four walks before giving wat to Zachary Saca (Elk Grove, Calif.) and Bernard Parker (Waldorf, Md.).