Dover, Del. (Apr. 14, 2013) --- Delaware State rode shutouts by Elliott Gardner and Matt McClain to sweep Coppin State in a MEAC North doubleheader at Soldier Field today. The Hornets won the first game 12-0 and completed the sweep with a 6-0 win in the nightcap. Delaware State swept the three-game series to improve to 24-10 overall and 13-2 in the MEAC. DSU is in first place in the league standings.
The Hornets outscored the Eagles 28-2 in the series. DSU pitchers did not allow a run in the last 25 innings of the series.
Delaware State has eight shutout wins this season.
In the opener, Gardner tossed his second shutout of the season to improve to 4-0. He allowed just three singles, while striking out eight. He has thrown 22 consecutive scoreless innings over the last four games.
Delaware State’s Ryan Haas and Mike Alexander drove in three runs each, while Aaron Nardone was 3-for-3 with two RBI in the opener.
The Hornets opened the scoring with three runs in the first inning. Haas had a two-run double and Nardone singled in a run in the inning.
Haas knocked in a run on a fielder’s choice and Alexander had a sacrifice fly in the second inning to give the Hornets a 5-0 lead.
Delaware State added three more runs in the fourth to take an 8-0 lead. Alexander had a two-run single and Nardone singled in a run in the inning.
The Hornets tacked on three more runs in the fifth and another in the sixth to close out the scoring.
The game was called after Coppin State batted in the seventh due to the 10-run rule.
In the nightcap, McClain allowed just two hits and struck out five without a walk to improve to 5-2 this season. The shutout was his third of the year.
Delaware State scored its first run in the third inning. Cameron Onderko led off the inning with a single. Two batters later, Cameron Cecil triple to center field to score Onderko and give the Hornets a 1-0 lead.
DSU added two runs in the third to take a 3-0 lead.
The Hornets put three more runs on the board in the sixth. Onderko and J.P. had run scoring singles in the inning.
Hassan Evans was 3-for-3 with two runs scored, while Onderko was 2-for-2 with two RBI and two runs scored in game two.
Onderko was 4-for-6 in the doubleheader.