SALISBURY, MD. -- Scott Copeland hurled 6 2/3 scoreless innings to back up a Delmarva offense which produced eight two-out runs as the Shorebirds beat the Charleston RiverDogs, 8-0, in South Atlantic League action Monday night at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium.
Delmarva (16-9) posted its 11th straight win, while Charleston (10-15) was shut out for the second straight night and dropped its fifth in a row.
Delmarva capitalized on two Charleston errors with a pair of two-out run-scoring hits to take a 2-0 first inning lead against Zach Nuding (3-1). Kipp Schutz extended his team-leading RBI total to 19 to account for the first score with a single, and Tyler Kelly added another run-scoring hit. An unearned run made it 3-0 in the second on another Schutz run-scoring hit.
Nuding yielded seven runs, four earned, in 3 2/3 innings. Rob Segedin had two of the RiverDogs' six hits.
The series finale between the teams is today at 10:30 a.m.
E--Nuding, Mojica, Sanchez. DP--Charleston 1, Delmarva 2. LOB--Charleston 10, Delmarva 12. 2B--Schoop 2. 3B--Ohlman.
WP--Nuding, Copeland, Palsha. HBP--by Nuding (Flacco). PB--Sanchez 2.
The Shorebirds added yet another two-out run in the fifth to extend the cushion to 8-0. Schoop drilled a ground-rule double to left to continue the inning for the red-hot Machado, who pulled a line drive single to record his 13th RBI in the last nine games.
Copeland (2-0) had a tough act to follow after Jacob Pettit penned 8.0 scoreless frames for Delmarva on Sunday, but the Southern Mississippi product was not too shabby himself. Copeland spun 6.2 unblemished innings, allowing four hits and five walks while fanning seven.
Schutz reached base in all five of his plate appearances to pace the Shorebirds potent attack, going 3-for-3 with with 2 RBI and two runs scored.
The RiverDogs and Shorebirds head back to the diamond for the finale of the four-game series on Tuesday at 10:35 am. Right-hander Shane Greene (1-2, 5.40 ERA) will get the nod for Charleston on getaway day, while left-hander Tim Berry (0-0, 5.17 ERA) is expected to throw for Delmarva.
Pettit (3-0) allowed five hits and walked one while striking out eight.
In the third inning, Delmarva's Jonathan Schoop legged out a two-out infield single before Machado homered for the second time in as many nights.
Kramer Sneed was excellent in six innings of work. He allowed two runs while scattering six hits and a walk, striking out four.
The RiverDogs (10-14) and Shorebirds (15-9) meet again in the third of their four-game series today at 7:05 p.m.
Right-hander Zach Nuding (3-0, 3.54 ERA) is expected to start for Charleston, while right-hander Scott Copeland (1-0, 3.97) will start for Delmarva.
The RiverDogs return home for an eight-game homestand on Thursday when they host Lakewood.