Arlington, Va. (Feb. 27, 2014) --- The Delaware State University baseball team is off to its best four-game start in five years after a come-from-behind 7-5 win over George Washington today. The Hornets scored two runs in the top of the ninth inning to snap a 5-5 tie. The go-ahead run scored on an error by Colonial shortstop Kevin Malaha on a ball off the bat of DSU’s Cameron Cecil (sr.) with one out in the ninth. David Kimbrough (jr.) scored from third on the play to give the Hornets a 6-5 lead. Kimbrough drew a one-out walk to start the rally. Charles Dailey (r-jr.), who followed Kimbrough’s walk with a single to center, scored on a wild in the inning to stretch the DSU lead to 7-5.
Delaware State reliever Eric Scharff (fr.), the ninth Hornet pitcher of the game, allowed two ninth inning hits, but kept the Colonials off the board to earn his first career save. Scharff has factored in each of the Hornets’ three victories this season, collecting two wins and a save.
The Hornets scored the last four runs of the game after trailing 5-3 entering the seventh inning.
Cameron Cecil led DSU's 11-hit attack with four hits, including a home run.
George Washington grabbed the early lead with three runs off Delaware State starter Jaylen Zielecki (fr.) in the bottom of the first inning.
The Hornets answered with three runs in the top of the second inning to tie the game. D.J. Miller (sr.) started the rally with a two out single. Kimbrough followed with a single to put runners on second and first. After Dailey reached on an error to load the bases, Cecil smacked a double to right center, scoring all three runners to even the score.
The Colonials scored single runs in the fourth and sixth innings to open up a 5-3 lead.
Delaware State began its comeback with a run in the seventh on a bases loaded walk to Miller to cut GW’s lead to 5-4. The Hornets had the bases loaded with one out after the run scored, but failed to do further damage.
DSU tied the game at 5-5 when Cecil led off the eighth inning with his first home run of the season over the left field fence.
Cecil was three-for-six and tied his career high with four RBI in the game. He was a triple shy of his first career cycle.
Hornet reliever Chris Gonzalez (fr.) pitched a scoreless eighth inning to earn his first collegiate win.
Miller and Aaron Nardone (sr.) had two hits each for the Hornets.
Delaware State (3-1) is off to its best four-game start since posting a 3-0-1 mark to start the 2009 season.
The Hornets return to action with a three-game series at home against Akron this weekend. The series begins with a single game on Saturday (Mar. 1) starting at 2 p.m. The teams will play a doubleheader Sunday (Mar. 2) beginning at noon.