John Brown pitched five scoreless innings of two-hit ball, while Steve Kletke and Adrian Turner belted home runs to lead Grambling State to a 15-5 pounding of Louisiana-Monroe in a non-conference game Wednesday.
Brown (1-1) struck out four and walked four for the Tigers (9-13).
Kletke hit a two-run homer in the 5th inning, while Turner, who came into the game late, knocked a solo shot out of the park in the 8th inning.
Jesus Favela was the Tigers’ top hitter, going 3-for-4 at the plate and scoring twice. Joe Gill also had two RBI for Grambling.
John McDermid (0-2) took the loss for the War Hawks (9-16), coughing up four runs on just a single hit in two-thirds of an inning. None of his ULM relievers were helped by the fielders, who committed seven errors.
Two bright spots for the War Hawks were Shane Ardoin, who hit a three-run home run in the eighth, and Caleb Clowers, who had three hits and a run batted in.
George Washington 6, Maryland-Eastern Shore 5
The Hawks rallied from a two-run deficit, but coughed up the lead late to lose a heartbreaker to the Colonials at Hawks Stadium in Princess Anne.
GWU (13-10) had scored four runs in the top of the fifth inning to grab a 4-2 lead.
The Hawks (1-21) responded with a two-run single by Elliott Alston and an RBI double from Nick Wiggins.
Unfortunately, Brandon Gillette scored on Chris Luick’s sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh to knot the score 7-7. The Colonials took the lead for good when Tyler McCarthy raced home on a passed ball in the top of the eighth.
Brian Derner (1-1) came on in relief to pick up his first victory of the season, while Jeff Griffith earned his first save.
Jervonta’ Wright (0-1) suffered the loss in relief.
Central Florida 9, Bethune-Cookman 7
BCU gave up one lead, regained it again and then lost it for good when they imploded in the final three innings, allowing all nine of UCF’s run in that frame for a non-conference loss at Jackie Robinson Park in Daytona Beach.
The Wildcats (15-13) had jumped out to a 3-0 lead after six innings, only to lose it in the seventh inning on a two-run double by UCF’s Chris Duffy and a two-run single by Ryan Breen.
Bethune-Cookman got the lead back with four runs of their own in the bottom of the frame. Ryan Durrence smashed an run-scoring double and Peter O’Brien followed with a two-run single.
The Golden Knights (17-10) answered back with a four-run explosion in the top of the next inning, with RBI singles from Breen and Shane Brown, and a two-RBI single by Austin Johnston.
Jack Sterritt (1-0) got the win as the eighth pitcher of the game for the Golden Knights, while Matt Manning picked up his first save.
Juan Perez(1-2) took the loss in relief, giving up the four runs in the eighth.
Top hitters for Bethune-Cookman included Jeremy Davis (2-for-3, 2 RBI) and Brandon Turner (2-for-3, RBI).
Darnell Sweeney led the hitting attack for Central Florida, collecting four hits and scoring three runs. Ronnie Richardson added three hits and two runs scored. Brown also finished with three hits.