Baltimore, Md. (Mar. 23, 2013) --- Matt McClain recorded his fifth career shutout and Jordan Elliott tossed a complete game for his 22nd win at Delaware State in the Hornets’ sweep of Coppin State in a MEAC North doubleheader today.
DSU won the first game 3-1 and completed the sweep with a 7-0 victory in the seven-inning nightcap. The Hornets are now 14-7 overall and 5-0 in the MEAC this season.
In the opener, Elliott allowed a run on five hits, while striking out five to improve to 3-0 this season. He also lowered his earned run average to 1.85 this season. The Lincoln, Del., native now has 22 wins at DSU (22-11). Tim Vaillancourt (2000-03) is the Hornets' career leader with 25 wins.
Elliott also surpassed the 200 strikeout mark at Delaware State during the contest. He now has 201 in his career. Shawn Phillips (2001-04) in the Hornets’ career leader with 281.
Delaware State scored first in the opener with a run in the fourth inning. Ryan Haas doubled with two outs and Mike Alexander followed with a single to bring home Haas with the game’s first run.
The Hornets added two runs in the fourth to take a 3-0 lead. D.J. Miller walked to lead off the inning. He advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Cameron Onderko and moved to third on a single by J.P. Frey. Cameron Cecil followed with a single to score Miller, giving the Hornets a 2-0 lead. Frey later scored on a sacrifice fly by Eddie Sorondo to stretch DSU’s lead to 3-0.
In the nightcap, McClain scattered five singles, while striking out eight to improve to 3-1 on the season. His 2013 ERA fell to 2.40 after the performance. McClain has two shutouts this season and 15 complete games in his career.
The Hornets opened the game two scoring with two runs in the top of the first inning. Frey led off the game with a single. After he stole second, Alexander tripled to score Frey with the first run of the game.
DSU added three runs in the second, highlighted by run scoring doubles by Alexander and Sorondo.
The Hornets closed out the scoring with two runs without benefit of a hit in the fifth.
Alexander was 3-for-5 with two runs batted in, while Frey was 3-for-4 with a RBI in the nightcap.
Delaware State will look to sweep the three-game series on Sunday. Game time is 12:00 p.m. at Bachman Park in Baltimore.