Dover, Del. (Apr. 6, 2013) --- The Delaware State University baseball team suffered its first MEAC losses of the season in a doubleheader sweep by Norfolk State at Soldier Field today.
The Spartans won the first game 5-3 and completed the sweep with a 4-2 victory in the nightcap.
Norfolk State had solid pitching performances and smacked two home runs in each game.
In the opener, Delaware State scored first with a run in the second inning. Eddie Sorondo started the rally with a one-out single. He advanced to second when Hassan Evans was hit by a pitch; and scored the game’s first run on a two-out single by Cameron Onderko.
Norfolk State answered with three runs in the top of the third. Robert Barefoot homered to lead off the inning and Zach Markel added a two-run shot to give the Spartans a 3-1 lead.
Markel doubled in a run and Cameron Day had a run-scoring single in the fifth to stretch the Spartans’ lead to 5-1.
Delaware State added a run in the fifth to pull to within 5-2. J.P. Frey tripled to lead off the inning and scored on a ground out by Cameron Cecil.
The Hornets pulled to within 5-3 when Ryan Haas singled in a run in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Delaware State had runners on base in the eighth and ninth innings, but failed to score. The Hornets left 10 runners on base in the opener.
Norfolk State starter Chris Horne (2-2) allowed five hits and two runs in six innings to earn the win in game one. Justin Bhatti tossed three innings of relief to collect the save.
Jordan Elliott (4-1) suffered the game one loss for Delaware State.
The Norfolk State win in the opener snapped a nine-game losing streak to the Hornets. It also snapped Delaware State’s season-best seven-game win streak.
In the nightcap, Norfolk State pitchers Richie Salter and Ray Morton combined on a six-hitter; while and Markel and Kyle Vaas had solo homers.
The Spartans opened up a 2-0 lead when Vaas led off the second inning with a homer to right field.
The Hornets scored a run in the bottom of the second to pull to within 2-1. Sorondo doubled to lead off the inning and later scored on a safety squeeze by Onderko.
Markel homered in the sixth to give the Spartans a 3-1 lead.
Sorondo singled in a run in the bottom of the sixth to cut the NSU lead to a run.
The Spartans tacked on insurance in the top of the seventh inning.
Sorondo and Evans had two hits each for the Hornets in the nightcap.
Delaware State (19-9 overall; 9-2 MEAC) will try to salvage a win in the series finale on Sunday. Game time is 12:00 p.m. at Soldier Field.