Dover, Del. (Mar. 7, 2017) --- Delaware State scored three runs in the fourth inning and five in the fifth in an 8-1 victory over Towson in the Hornets’ home opener at Soldier Field today.
DSU starter Travis Dill (1-1) threw five shutout innings, striking out four, to earn his first win of the season.
The Hornets (3-7) pounded out a season-high 14 hits. Austin Bentley was 2-for-5 and three runs batted in, while freshman Ciaran Devenney had three hits, including a double, in five at bats.
Bentley leads the team with eight RBI, while Devenney tops the Hornets with a .333 average.
Catcher Even Regez was 2-for-2 with a RBI. Regez has hit in six straight games, batting .458 (11-for-24) during the span.
The Hornets opened the scoring with three runs in the fourth. Devenney doubled to lead off the inning and scored the game’s first run on a sacrifice fly by Tommy Jordan. Regez singled in the second run of the inning and Bentley brought home a run when he reached base on a fielder’s choice.
Delaware State added five runs in the fifth to stretch its lead. Adrian Hill singled home the first run of the inning, while Bentley had a two-run single in the frame to give the Hornets an 8-0 lead.
Towson (6-2) scored its lone run in the seventh inning off DSU reliever Kyle Mace.
Reliever Jaylen Zielecki threw two shutout innings, while Hunter McVey came out of the bullpen to pitch a perfect sixth inning for the Hornets.
Delaware State will remain home for the next four games, beginning with a three-game series against Manhattan this weekend. The Hornets and Jaspers will play single games on Fri. (2 pm), Sat. (1 pm) and Sun. (12 pm).