Salisbury, Md. (May 19, 2017) --- Delaware State couldn't capitalize on a solid effort by fill-in starting pitcher Darnel Maisonet, resulting in a 7-4 MEAC Tournament loss to North Carolina A&T to end the Hornets' season at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium today.
DSU was 2-2 in the double elimination tournament to post a 22-25 overall record this season.
The Hornets led 4-3 before NCA&T scored two runs in the seventh and eighth innings to continue its season.
Maisonet, making just his fourth start and fifth appearance on the mound this season, pitched into the seventh inning. He allowed five hits and five runs, two unearned, and six strikeouts in 6.1 innings.
The Hornets trailed 3-1 before scoring three runs in the sixth inning to take the lead. Evan Regez singled to lead off the inning, Maisonet walked and Jaylen Zielecki singled to load the bases without none out. The next batter, freshman Tyler Collins, ripped a shot down the first base line into the right field corner, scoring all three runners to give DSU a 4-3 lead. The Hornets had opportunities to extend the lead, but Collins was thrown out at third base on his hit and the bases were left loaded in the inning.
The Aggies regained the lead with two runs in the seventh inning. The first run crossed the plate on a ground out by Greg White, tying the game at 4-4. After a one-out double Milton Rivera, Hunter McVey entered the game in relief of Maisonet for the Hornets. Adan Ordonez greeted McVey with a single to center to score Rivera with the go-ahead run.
North Carolina A&T added some insurance in the eighth on a two-run single by Rivera to stretch its lead to three.
Each team had 10 hits in the game. Zielecki was 3-for-5 with a double, while Regez and Austin Bentley had two hits each for Delaware State.
Aggie reliever Noah Dyals (6-0) threw three shutout innings, allowing two hits and striking out five, to earn the win.
Maisonet (0-2) was tagged with the loss.