Dover, Del. (May 5, 2012) --- The Delaware State University baseball team has stretched its school-record win streak to 14 games with a doubleheader sweep of Coppin State at Soldier Field this afternoon.
The Hornets won the first game 9-5 and completed the sweep with a 27-0 victory in the seven-inning nightcap.
Delaware State also clinched the MEAC North Division title outright with its victory in the opener. The game two win featured 12 and nine-run innings for DSU.
In the opener, the Hornets scored the go-ahead run on a Coppin State error in the bottom of the sixth inning; and added an insurance run in the seventh and two in the eighth to earn the win for reliever Tommy Dill (2-1).
The score was 5-5 when JP Frey singled with one out in the sixth. Frey advanced to second on a groundout by Aaron Nardone. The next batter, Tony Gatto, hit a grounder to third. The throw to first was dropped by Coppin State first baseman Jesse Savage, allowing Frey to scoot home, giving the Hornets a 6-5 lead.
Delaware State scored a run on another Coppin State error in the seventh to open up a 7-5 lead. Troy Drummond and Scott Davis drew bases loaded walks in the eighth to close out the scoring for the Hornets.
Dill pitched two innings of hitless relief, striking out one without allowing a walk. He relieved DSU starter Jordan Elliott with the Hornets ahead 5-4, but Coppin State had the bases loaded and none out. Dill forced the first batter he faced to hit into a double play, although a run scored on the play to even the game at 5-5. The next batter grounded out to short to end the inning without further damage.
Delaware State led 4-0 after four innings.
The Hornets scored a run in the first inning on catcher's interference by the Eagles. DSU added two runs in the third. The first run crossed the plate on a balk and the second on a wild pitch.
Coppin State committed eight errors and walked 10 DSU batters in the opener.
Catcher Peter Broehl (2-for-4) had the only multi-hit game for the Hornets in game one.
In the nightcap, 11 Delaware State players had at least one hit and six drove in two-or-more runs as the Hornets amassed their biggest run total since a 28-0 win over Lincoln Pa.) on March 29, 2011..
Ryan Haas was 3-for-5 with five runs scored and five runs batted in, while Tony Gatto had two hits and four RBI.
The Hornets opened the scoring with three runs without benefit of a hit in the first inning. Delaware State added three runs in the second, highlighted by a two-run single by Eddie Sorondo, to open up a 6-0 lead.
DSU sent 14 batters to the plate in a nine-run fourth inning. Haas had a two-run double and two-run single in the inning. Peter Broehl also singled in two runs in the fourth.
The Hornets scored 12 times in the sixth, sending 16 batters to the plate. Tony Gatto had a three-run triple in the inning, while pinch hitter Chad Sturgeon, a relief pitcher, smacked a two-run double to the fence in the left center field in his first at bat of the season. Gatto also brought home a run on a fielder's choice in the sixth, giving him four RBI in the inning. He has 10 runs batted in in the Hornets' last four games.
Matt McClain tossed a three-hit shutout in the nightcap to improve to 8-3 this season. McClain had five strikeouts without allowing a walk.
Delaware State will wrap up its 2012 home schedule with a single game against Coppin State on Sunday. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. at Soldier Field.
The Hornets will honor seniors Gatto, Drummond and Davis prior to the contest.