Hampton, VA - Hofstra scored 11 times in the second inning to take a 14-1 lead and never looked back in a 20-2 win at Virginia Wesleyan Friday afternoon. The win was Hofstra's first of the season and the first in the collegiate career for first-year Pride Coach John Russo.
Hofstra improves to 1-3 on the year, while Virginia Wesleyan slips to 1-3.
Hofstra starter John Schilt (1-1) scattered six hits, struck out five and allowed two runs in five innings of work. Relievers Brendan Mulligan, John Krause and Gregg Sarra combined to throw four innings of two-hit relief.
The Pride scored three times in the first as Dalton Rouleau led off with a walk and stole second. Danny Poma then drove him in with a single and stole second as well. Matt Ford made it 2-0 with a single that plated Poma. Ford advanced to second on the throw home and came in on Jared Hammer's RBI single. That hit chased Marlins starter Wesley Carmichael (0-1), who did not retire a batter. Kevin Jeff came in to get the final three outs of the inning.
The Marlins got one run back in the second as Will Swoope doubled with two outs and came in on Nathan Chamberlin's single.
The Pride would then send 15 batters to the plate in the second, scoring 11 runs on five hits. The Pride received two walks and had three batters hit by pitches in the inning. Poma delivered three RBIs in the frame with a two-run single and a sacrifice fly.
Hofstra would add a run in the third on a T.J. Thomas home run and then scored four in the eighth and one in the ninth to close out the scoring. Virginia Wesleyan scored a second run in the fifth on Josh Miller's RBI single.
Poma finished with three hits in four at-bats and had three runs scored, five RBIs and three stolen bases. Rouleau, Ford, Hammer and Thomas all had two hits on the day as the Pride pounded out 17. Austin Nyman scored four times.
Casey King and Anthony Siracusa had two hits each for the Marlins.
Hofstra returns to action Saturday with a doubleheader against Notre Dame in Cary, NC, at the USA Baseball National Training Center.