Dover, Del. (May 12, 2011) --- The Delaware State University baseball team has stretched its school-record win streak to 17 games with a doubleheader sweep of UMES at Hawk Field on Friday.
The Hornets won the first game 13-1 and completed the sweep with a 7-1 victory in the nightcap.
In the opener, Troy Drummond was 4-for-4 with three runs batted in and Aaron Nardone had two hits (2-for-4) and three RBI to lead the Hornets' 10-hit attack. The game was stopped after UMES batted in the seventh inning due to the 10-run rule.
DSU starter Jordan Elliott won his seventh straight decision to improve to 9-2 this season. Elliott allowed two hits and an unearned run in five innings. He has allowed just one unearned run in 39 career innings against the Hawks. Elliott has four career shutouts vs. UMES.
Delaware State opened the scoring when Drummond singled to lead off the game and scored on a UKES error.
The score was 1-1 when Ryan Haas and Peter Broehl drew base loaded walks to give the Hornets a 3-1 lead in the third inning.
Delaware State scored four times in the fifth inning to open up a 7-1 lead. Drummond tripled in a run, while Nardone and JP Frey had run scoring singles in the inning. Tony Gatto also had a sacrifice fly for the Hornets in the fifth.
Nardone had a two-run triple and Drummond singled in two runs to highlight DSU's six-run sixth inning. Scott Davis also singled in a run for the Hornets in the sixth.
In the nightcap, Drummond was 2-for-4 with four RBI and starter Matt McClain (9-3) threw six strong innings to win his sixth straight decision.
Drummond singled in two runs in the second inning to give the Hornets a 3-1 lead. He added another two-run in single in the fourth to stretch DSU's lead to 5-1.
Haas, Frey and Nardone collected two hits each for the Hornets in game two.
Delaware State batters were hit by eight pitches in the doubleheader, giving the Hornets a NCAA Division I record 137 hit-by-pitches this season. The previous record was 130 by Notre Dame in 2005.
The Hornets improved to 35-14-1 (.700) this season after the doubleheader sweep. DSU is 21-games over the .500 mark for the first time since posting a 40-19 record in 2002. The team's all-time best win percentage (.787) was in 2001, when it finished the season with a 37 mark.
Delaware State will close out the 2012 regular season with a single game at UMES on Saturday. Game time is 1:00 p.m. in Princess Anne, Md.