Norfolk, Va. (May 20, 2012) --- Delaware State's hard charging bid for the school's first MEAC baseball title in 23 years came to a halt in the league championship game at soggy Marty Miller Field on Sunday.
David Lee was 3-for-5 with four runs batted in to lead Bethune-Cookman to an 8-3 win over the Hornets in the title game, giving the Wildcats their seventh straight league championship.
Delaware State led 3-1 after scoring three runs in the top of the third inning. Bethune-Cookman answered with two runs in the bottom of the third to tie the game.
The Wildcats took the lead for good with a run in the fourth, and tallied four in the fifth to take control.
BCU reliever Bryan Rivera retired 15 consecutive Delaware State batters between the third and eighth innings.
Delaware State was seeking its first MEAC title since 1989. The Hornets were making their first title game appearance since 2004.
DSU forced the championship contest with a 3-2 win over Bethune-Cookman earlier Sunday.
The championship contest was Delaware State's sixth game in three days, and seventh during the four day tournament.
Delaware State's Ryan Haas, Tony Gatto and Scott Davis were named to the MEAC All-Tournament Team.
DSU finished the 2012 season with a 40-17-1 overall record, matching the team high for wins in a season first set by the 2002 Hornets (40-19).
Delaware State's Scott Davis was hit by a pitch in the first game on Sunday for the 37th time this season, tying a NCAA Division I record for hit by pitches in a season. He shares the mark with Vanderbilt's Brian Harris in 2010.