Rock Hill, S.C. (Feb. 24, 2013) - Delaware State held off a late Winthrop rally for a 6-5 win in the final game of the Coca Cola Rock Hill Classic at Winthrop University Sunday evening. Earlier today, the Hornets defeated Army 6-5 in 10 innings to sweep three tournament games this weekend. DSU opened the tourney with a 5-0 victory over Winthrop on Saturday.
In the Sunday evening win over Winthrop, the Hornets had two three-run innings to open up a 6-1 lead. The Eagles were ahead 1-0 when DSU took the lead with three runs in the top of the second inning.
Aaron Nardone singled with one out to start the rally. The next batter, Joey Babuca, was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second. Hassan Evans followed with a triple to left center, scoring Nardone and Babuca to give the Hornets a 2-1 lead. Evans scored DSU's third run when D.J. Miller reached on a fielder's choice.
The Hornets tacked on three runs in the fourth to open up a five run lead. The fourth inning rally began with two outs on a single by D.J. Miller. J.P. Frey and Cameron Cecil followed with walks to load the bases. Miller and Frey scored on a wild pitch to give the Hornets a 5-1 lead. Cecil advanced to third on the wild pitch. Mike Alexander followed with a single to score Cecil, giving DSU a 6-1 lead.
Winthrop scored a run in the seventh and three in the eighth to pull to within 6-5.
Delaware State reliever Ryan Haas pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his first save. Haas entered the game with a runner on first with one out. He forced the first batter he faced to hit into a double play to clear the bases. Has recorded the final out on a fly ball to left field.
Hornet starter George Michael was the winning pitcher (1-0). Michael allowed seven hits and two runs, one earned, while striking out five in seven innings.
In the Army contest, the Hornets scored the go-ahead run on a passed ball in the top of the 10th inning and reliever Derek Marshallsea shut down the Knights in the bottom of the inning to give DSU its third straight win.
Nardone doubled to lead off the Delaware State 10th. Nardone advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Peter Broehl, and later scored on a passed ball to give the Hornets a 6-5 lead.
Marshallsea walked Army leadoff batter Daniel Cortes in the bottom of the 10th. Cortes made it to third base with two outs, but Marshallsea struck out Jacob Page looking on a 2-2 pitch to end the game.
Delaware State trailed 4-2 before scoring a run in the eighth and two in the ninth to take the lead. Army scored an unearned run in the bottom of the ninth to send the game into extra innings.
Mike Alexander singled to lead off the Delaware State eighth. He stole second and advanced to third on a ground out by Haas. Eddie Sorondo followed with a ground out to first base, scoring Alexander to cut Army's lead to 4-3.
In the Hornet ninth, Miller was hit by a pitch with one out to start the rally. Justin Allen followed with a single to right field, advancing Miller to third. Frey followed with a suicide squeeze bunt. Miller scored on the play to tie the game at 4-4. The next batter, Cameron Cecil, doubled to right field, scoring Allen from second to give the Hornets a 5-4 lead. Delaware State left the bases loaded to end the inning.
Army tied the game in the bottom of the ninth when Marshallsea walked Page with one out to start the rally. The Army center fielder stole second and advanced to third on an infield single. He crossed the plate with the tying run on a two-out error by Cecil at third. Army loaded the bases with two outs but Marshallsea struck out Jon Crucitti to end the threat
Marshallsea (1-1) allowed one hit and one unearned run in 2.1 innings to earn the win. He struck out two and walked two.
Frey was 3-for-5 with two runs batted and one batted in. Cecil, Alexander and Peter Broehl had two hits each for DSU (3-2).
Nardone was 5-for-11 with two RBI, while Frey was 6-for-13 with one RBI in the three tournament games.