Dover, Del. (Apr. 4, 2017) --- Delaware State pitchers allowed just two runs and struck out 12 batters in a doubleheader sweep of Drexel today. The Hornets won the opener 4-2 and completed the sweep with a 1-0 victory in the nightcap.
DSU has won a season-high five games to improve to 10-18 this season. The Dragons dropped to 9-14.
In the opener, the Hornets took advantage of two Drexel errors to score three unearned runs in the fourth inning. Dani Velez walked to open the DSU fourth. Velez moved to second when Kayleigh Berry reached base on a sacrifice bunt and error on the play. The next batter, Micaela Cummings, also bunted and reached base on a Drexel throwing error. Velez scored on the play to give the Hornets a 1-0 lead. Jasmine Melgoza followed with another sacrifice bunt. She was thrown out, but Berry scored on the play to put DSU ahead 2-0. Cummings scored the Hornets’ third run on a groundout by Sabrina Quarles.
Drexel answered with two runs in the fifth off Delaware State starter Jess Shalongo.
The Dragons still trailed 3-2 with two runners on base in the sixth, but Hornet reliever Tara Tursellino ended the inning with a strikeout to preserve the lead.
DSU picked up an insurance run in the sixth when Velez doubled to lead off the inning and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Cummings to open up a 4-2 lead.
Tursellino retired the Dragons in order in the seventh to record her first save of the season.
Shalongo pitched five innings, allowing five hits and two runs, while striking out five to earn the win (3-2).
Melgoza had two of DSU’s six hits in the opener.
Freshman Hannah Shields threw a six-hit shutout to lead the Hornets in the nightcap. Shields struck out six and walked one to earn her second career shutout.
The Hornets scored the only run of the game in the bottom of the first inning. Melgoza walked to lead off the game and later scored on a one-out single by Khaliyah Flournory, who was 3-for-3, including a double in the nightcap.
Drexel had two runners on base in the first, third and sixth innings, but Shields was able to work out of the jams.
The Hornets return to action with a three-game series at MEAC North co-leader Hampton this weekend. The Pirates are tied with Morgan State for first place in the division at 3-0 (1.000). The Hornets have played eight conference games, and sit in third place at 7-1 (.875).