Dover, Del. (Apr. 6, 2013) --- The Delaware State University softball team has stretched its win streak to four after a sweep of Morgan State in a MEAC North doubleheader today. The Hornets won the first game 10-2 and completed the sweep with an 8-5 victory in the nightcap.
In the opener, the first four batters in the DSU line-up were a combined eight-for-11 with six runs batted in. Rochelle Sablay was two-for-two with three RBI; and Jess Madrid had two hits and drove in two in three at bats to key the Hornets’ 12-hit attack.
Delaware State opened the scoring with three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Chloe Oro singled and stole second to lead off the inning. Two batters later, Madrid tripled to right center to score Oro with the game’s first run. Sandy Hawthorne and Jen Fischbach added run-scoring singles in the inning.
Madrid doubled in a run and Sablay added a run-scoring single in the second inning to give the Hornets a 5-1 lead.
Delaware State led 5-2 before scoring five runs in the fourth inning to blow the game open. Samantha Gross doubled to lead off the DSU fourth. Oro followed with a triple to give the Hornets a 6-2 lead. Sablay had a two-run double in the inning to stretch the Hornets’ lead to 9-2. Delaware State opened up a 10-2 lead on a two-out single by Ashley Bennett in the inning.
The game was called after Morgan State failed to score in the fifth due to the eight-run rule.
Oro and Nicole Gazzolla added two hits each for the Hornets in the opener.
Delaware State starter Rachel Meagley was the winning pitcher. Meagley allowed four hits and two runs, one earned, while striking out four in three innings.
In the nightcap, Delaware State trailed 3-2 before scoring six runs with two outs in the bottom of the sixth to take control. Oro singled in the first two runs of the inning to give the Hornets a 4-3 lead. Gazzolla followed with a double to stretch the lead to 5-3. Sablay doubled in a run, while Madrid and Fischbach added run-scoring singles in the sixth.
Oro was three-for-three with two runs batted in, while Gazzolla had three hits and a RBI in four at bats on game two.
Delaware State is now 3-2 in the MEAC (9-21 overall). The Hornets will go for the series sweep on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the DSU softball complex.