Hofstra improves to 10-20 on the season, while New York Tech sees its three-game win streak snapped and falls to 7-18.
Hofstra took advantage of shake defense in the first inning as the Bears committed four errors in the frame, leading to four Pride runs. Scott A'Hara lead off the inning with a fly ball to right center that was dropped for a two-base error. Dylan Nasiatka followed with an infield popup that was dropped by third baseman Sebastian Grazziani to put runners on first and second. Following a double steal, Poma singled in A'Hara for a 1-0 lead. After Poma was caught stealing, Hammer lifted a sacrifice fly to right that plated Nasiatka with the second run of the game. Joe Perez then reached on a throwing error. Jackson followed with a single and the throw back to the infield got away for an error that allowed Perez and Jackson to move up a base. Bryan Verbitsky took advantage of the situation as he singled home two runs for a 4-0 lead.
The Pride tacked on a run in the second as Logan Davis led off with a double and after two walks, came in to score on Poma's fielder's choice grounder. Hofstra would go up, 8-0, in the fourth as Nasiatka hit a one-out triple and came in on Poma's single through a drawn in infield. Then on a hit and run play, Hammer hit a bloop single to right and Poma never stopped motoring and scored from first. Jackson would end the scoring in the inning with a RBI single to right that scored Hammer from second.
Meanwhile, Hofstra pitchers Jeff Guthridge and Everett Keller held Tech hitless through 4 1/3 innings. Guthridge started and in a designed move, threw only two innings of hitless ball with four strikeouts. Keller came on and was perfect through 2 1/3 before allowing an infield single to Dan Lackner. Keller (1-1) would earn the win, his first of the season, after going three innings with five strikeouts. The Pride then went a pitcher and inning for the next four frames with Sean Monaghan , Stephan Kungl , Gregg Sarra and Jared Rogers all getting a turn.
Hofstra added a run in the sixth on a Jackson RBI double and two in the seventh on a sacrifice fly by Hammer and a RBI single from Perez.
Tech broke through for a run in the eighth off of Sarra as Steve McNamara led off with a double that went off the glove of Taylor Stuart in right, went to third on a groundout and scored on another groundout by Ali Rodriguez. The Bears would tack two more on in the ninth off of Rogers as Vin Caposio and McNamara had RBI singles.
Ryan Dillbough (2-3) started for New York Tech and took the loss, allowing three hits and four unearned runs in one inning of work. McNamara and Lackner were the only Tech players with two hits in the contest.
Nasiatka, Poma and Perez each had two hits on the day for the Pride, while A'Hara walked three times and scored two runs.
Hofstra returns to action this Friday when they host CAA-leading UNC Wilmington in the opening game of a three-game series. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m., though weather concerns for the weekend may necessitate a doubleheader on Friday. Check GoHofstra.com for and schedule updates.