Dover, Del. (May 4, 2013) --- The Delaware State baseball team improved to 31-13 overall and 20-3 in the MEAC North after 5-1 and 5-4 victories over UMES at Soldier Field today.
In the opener, Jordan Elliott tossed his 10th career complete game and Cameron Onderko was 3-for-3 with a run batted in to lead the Hornets.
Elliott allowed just four singles and one run, while striking out seven, to improve to 8-1 this season. Elliott, DSU’s career wins leader, is 27-12 with the Hornets.
UMES opened the game one scoring with a run in the top of the first inning. The Hornets answered with a run in the bottom of the first to tie the game. DSU’s lead-off hitter Cameron Cecil reached base on error in the first. He stole second and advanced to third and home on wild pitches by UMES starter James Smith.
Delaware State scored two runs in the fourth to take a 3-1 lead. Onderko drew a bases loaded walk to bring home the first run of the inning and Cecil drove home the second run on a sacrifice fly.
Eddie Sorondo doubled home Mike Alexander in the fifth to give DSU a 4-1 lead. J.P. Frey had a run-scoring single in the sixth to close out the scoring for the Hornets.
Onderko tied his career high with the three hits in the opener.
In the nightcap, Delaware State scored the winning run on a UMES error in the bottom of the seventh inning for the come-from-behind walk-off victory.
The score was 4-4 when Frey reached base on a bunt single to lead off the DSU seventh. The next batter, Ryan Haas, laid down a bunt. UMES catcher Brandon Schott was attempting to throw Haas out at first but his throw was wild, allowing Frey to dart all the way home with the winning run.
The Hornets led 2-0 before the Hawks scored a run in the fourth inning and three in the fifth to grab a 4-2 lead.
Delaware State pulled to within 4-3 on a RBI single by Alexander in the fifth. The Hornets had two runners on base when the fifth inning ended.
DSU pulled tied the game at 4-4 when Sorondo scored on a one-out bunt single by Onderko in the bottom of the sixth. The Hornets had runners at first and third after tying the game but UMES turned a double play to end the inning.
Onderko had two hits in three at bats in game two to go 5-for-6 in the doubleheader.
Freshman George Michael (6-1) tossed two innings of scoreless relief to earn the win in game two for the Hornets.
Delaware State and UMES will wrap up the series with a single game on Sunday (12:00 p.m.) at Soldier Field.