Dover, Del. (Feb. 22. 2014) --- George Michael pitched nine no-hit innings and Aaron Nardone drove in the winning run on a sacrifice fly to lift Delaware State to a 1-0 win over Bucknell at the Wesley College Field today.
Earlier in the day, the Hornets opened the 2014 season with a 6-5 loss to Iona at Wesley.
In the Bucknell contest, Michael struck out four and walked two. He retired 15 straight batters between the fifth and ninth innings.
Michael was relieved by Eric Sharff in the top of the 10th inning.
Charles Dailey singled to lead off the Delaware State 10th. He advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Cameron Cecil and later scored the winning run on Nardone’s fly ball to center.
Sharff allowed the only Bucknell hit of the game on a one-out double in the 10th, but picked up the win (1-0) after getting out of the inning without giving up a run.
Cecil (2-for-2) and Dailey (2-4) had two hits each in game two for the Hornets.
In the Hornets' opener, Iona scored three runs in the top of the ninth to snap a 3-3 tie. Iona's Jimmy Guiliano drove in the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly. Christian Choman followed with a run-scoring double and Zach Brown singled in the third run of the inning.
Delaware State scored two unearned runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to cut Iona's lead to 6-5. The Hornets had the bases loaded with two outs, but Nardone flied out to center to end the game.
Cameron Onderko was two-for-four with three RBI in the opener for the Hornets. His two-run single in the bottom of the second inning gave the Hornets a 2-1 lead.
Delaware State will take on Iona again on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Wesley Field.
Iona will face Bucknell Sunday at 10:30 a.m.