Dover, Del. (Mar. 19, 2017) --- Hannah Shields and Jess Shalongo threw complete games, while Dani Velez and Micaela Cummings drove in two runs each to lead Delaware State to a doubleheader sweep of Maryland-Eastern Shore in the MEAC opener for both teams today. The Hornets won each game 3-2.
In the opener, Shields (1-7) allowed five hits and two runs, striking out six and walking two in posting her first collegiate win.
Delaware State scored all of its runs in the third inning. Jordan Casey walked to lead off the inning and advanced to third with some heads-up base running on a bunt by Sabrina Quarles. Cummings followed with a fly ball that was dropped by MDES right fielder MacKenzie Brown. Casey scored the first run of the game on the play and Cummings advanced to second. After a single by Jasmine Melgoza put runners on third and second, Dani Velez singled in both with a hit to right field to give the Hornets a 3-0 lead.
MDES answered in the top of the fourth when Sara Whaley singled in two runs to cut DSU’s lead to 3-2.
The Hawks had two base runners in the fifth, but one was cut down by Hornet catcher Desiree Moreno while trying to steal second.
Shield did not allow a hit over the last two innings and retired the Hawks in order in the seventh to clinch the win for the Hornets, who snapped an 11-game losing streak.
Velez had two of DSU’s six hits in the opener.
In game two, Shalongo (1-2) allowed just four hits and two runs, one earned, while striking out eight to collect her first win of the season.
Aided by two Delaware State errors, MDES scored first with a run in the top of the third inning.
Hornet right fielder Sabrina Quarles got the run back with her first career home run in the bottom of the third, a solo shot over the fence in left field.
Delaware State took the lead with two runs in the fourth. Vanessa Washington started the rally with a one-out single. Pinch runner Kayleigh Berry stole second and moved to third on a groundout. Berry then scampered home on a wild pitch by MDES starter Erin Hallman to give the Hornets a 2-1 lead. After back-to-back walks to Casey and Quarles, DSU stretched its lead to 3-1 when Cummings chased home Casey on a two-out single in the inning.
MDES pulled to within 3-2 on a run in the sixth, but Shalongo got out of the inning without further damage and retired the side in the seventh to nail down the win.
Jasmine Melgoza had two of DSU’s seven hits in the nightcap.
The Hornets improved to 3-15 overall this season, while UMES fell to 2-10.
DSU returns to action with a three-game MEAC series at Norfolk State next weekend. The teams are scheduled to play a doubleheader on Sat. (Mar. 25) and wrap-up the series with a single game on Sun. (Mar. 26).