PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – Maryland Eastern Shore’s Jesse Stinnett and Tanner Whiteman managed to cool off Norfolk State’s red-hot bats, holding the Spartans to five hits during Saturday’s 2-1, 1-0 doubleheader sweep by UMES at Hawk Stadium.
UMES right hander Stinnett outdueled Spartan lefty Matt Outman in the opener as the Hawks broke NSU’s school-record 13-game winning streak, the second-longest active streak in the nation entering Saturday’s games. In game two, the Hawks (15-26, 13-7), who did not get a hit for the first 6.2 innings in the seven-inning game, walked off with the win after Justin Dattilo tripled and scored on a two-out grounder that got past the NSU (19-12, 15-5) infield.
In the nightcap, neither team had a hit for the first five innings. Spartan left fielder Denathan Dukes broke up the double no-hitter with a one-out single in the top of the sixth. Dukes stole second and advanced to third on a flyout, but was stranded when Whiteman got Roger Hall to fly out to end the inning.
Hemmerich (3-3), meanwhile, pitched his second straight masterpiece. Hemmerich carried a perfect game into the fifth, which ended when he walked Greg Turlik with one out after setting down the first 13 Hawk batters of the day.
UMES did not get its first hit of the day until what proved to the final inning. In a scoreless tie in the bottom of the seventh, Dattilo lined a hit into left field that Dukes dove for trying to preserve the no-hitter. The ball fell and rolled past by Dukes for a triple. Turlik was the next batter and hit a bouncer to second that went through the legs of second baseman Syeed Mahdi but scored as a single, allowing the winning run to score.
Hemmerich, the reigning MEAC Pitcher of the Week, officially allowed two hits in 6.2 innings, striking out seven. That came on the heels of his two-hit shutout at Coppin State last week.
Whiteman (3-4), though, pitched his second one-hit shutout against the Spartans this year. He also did it back on March 21, also with Hemmerich opposing him. Whiteman walked two and struck out five on Saturday.
Game one saw Stinnett work all nine innings to beat NSU and Outman, the league’s leader in victories, for the first time this season. The Spartans took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second on a solo home run by first baseman Ryan Kilmon, his second of the season.
After striking out five times in the first three innings against Outman, the Hawks finally got to the junior lefty with a pair of two-out runs in the fourth. Isaiah Chambers led off with a bunt single and scored on Turlik’s two-out single to center. After a walk to Skylar Murray, Connor Breslin double to center field to score Turlik.
The Spartans threatened in the ninth as Kilmon led off with a double. Pinch hitter Andre’ Moore popped out on a bunt attempt, however, and Stinnett struck out pinch hitter Kyle Vaas and got Dukes to ground out to end it.
Outman (6-2) also had his own personal win streak end Saturday. He had earned a win in five straight starts before taking the hard-luck loss Saturday. He allowed six hits and two runs while fanning nine hitters in 7.2 innings. Stinnett (4-4) yielded just four hits and walked four with five strikeouts.
The teams cap their series with a 3 p.m. game on Sunday. The start has been pushed back due to inclement weather. NSU still holds a two-game lead over UMES in the MEAC Northern Division and owns the season tie-breaker over the Hawks. With a win, NSU would clinch at least a share of the division title and lock up the No. 1 seed from the division in next month’s MEAC tournament. The Spartans need two wins in their final four conference games of the year to win their first-ever MEAC regular-season division title outright.
Originally Posted By NSUSpartans.com