Dover, DE - Kenny Jackson continued his recent string of strong hitting with four hits, including a home run, and two RBIs and Taylor Stuart added two hits and four RBIs to back starter John Tiedemann in an 11-3 win for the Pride Saturday afternoon.
Jackson ran his hitting streak to seven games as the sophomore is batting .500 (15-30) over that span. The four-hit game was the third of his career. Stuart's four RBIs were a career-best. Tiedemann evened his record at 3-3 after hurling seven innings of five-hit, three-run ball with eight strikeouts.
Tiedemann and his Delaware State counterpart, Matt McClain engaged in a pitcher's duel for the first five innings as Hofstra (12-12) managed just two hits and the Hornets mustered just one. But Hofstra broke through in the sixth, scoring three runs. Bryan Verbitsky walked and advanced to third on a throwing error by McLain on a pickoff attempts. Matt Reistetter singled to McClain to drive in Verbitsky with the first run of the game and then moved to second on an error. Following a sacrifice bunt, Stuart delivered his first RBI of the game with a single up the middle to make it 2-0. Stuart would come around on a single by Matt Ford two batters later for a 3-0 Pride lead.
The Pride broke the game open in the seventh with seven runs. Jackson led off the inning with his first home run of the year to make it 4-0. Then three consecutive singles loaded the bases and after a fielder's choice resulted in an out at the plate, Stuart came through again with a two-run single for a 6-0 lead. Danny Poma followed with a two-run single of his own, stole second and moved to third on a fly out. A walk to Jared Hammer put runners on the corners and Jackson picked up his second RBI of the inning with a single. Kevin Flynn capped of the scoring with an RBI single to make it 10-0.
The Hornets (15-11-1) finally got to Tiedemann in the seventh, notching three runs on four hits. Elliott Gardner had an RBI single to plate the first run and Scott Davis recorded a two-run single before Tiedemann struck out his eighth batter of the game to end the inning and his afternoon. Jared Rogers pitched two scoreless innings in his first game back in nearly three weeks due to injury.
Hofstra would tack on a final run in the eight as Reistetter doubled, moved to third on a sacrifice and scored on a ground out by Stuart.
In addition to Jackson and Stuart, the Pride got three hits and three runs scored from Reistetter and two hits from Flynn.
McClain (3-3) took the loss, allowing eight hits and six runs in 6-plus innings of work.
The Pride will look to take the rubber game of the series tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m. when they send freshman Dave Jesch to the hill in search of his fourth win of the season.