Dover, Del. (Mar. 2, 2014) --- Delaware State scored 10 runs in the fourth inning en route to a 13-1 win over Akron in game one of a doubleheader at Soldier Field today. Akron scored four runs in the seventh inning to win game two 11-10. The nightcap was called after eight innings due to darkness.
The Hornets won two of the three games in the series to improve to 5-2 this season. Akron stands at 4-5 after the doubleheader split.
In the opener, Delaware State trailed 1-0 before putting 10 runs on the board in the bottom of the fourth. The Hornets sent 14 batters to the plate in the inning. Ron Farley doubled in the first run of the inning to tie the game at 1-1. David Kimbrough and Richard Rodriguez had two-run doubles, while Cameron Onderko singled in two runs in the inning. Aaron Nardone (double), D.J. Miller (single) and Charles Dailey (single) also knocked in fourth inning runs.
Cameron Cecil singled in a run in the Hornets’ two-run fifth inning. Miller doubled in Delaware State’s final run in the eighth inning.
Five Hornets drove in two runs each. DSU had 13 hits in the opener. Nine players had at least one hit in the game.
Hornet starter George Michael (1-0) was the beneficiary of the offensive explosion. Michael allowed seven and one run in seven innings. He struck out four without allowing a walk.
Akron’s third inning run snapped Michael’s 11-inning scoreless streak. He threw nine shutout innings in his first outing of the season vs. Iona on Feb. 22.
In the nightcap, Delaware State led 6-1, 8-5 and 10-7 before the Zips fought back.
DSU trailed 1-0 when Mike Alexander hit his first home run of the season, a two-run shot, to give the Hornets a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first inning.
Delaware State added four runs in the second inning to open up a 6-1 lead. Dailey had a run-scoring single and Alexander knocked on a run on a sacrifice fly in the inning.
Akron pulled to within 6-5 when Dom Iero hit a grand slam in the top of the fourth inning.
The Hornets added two runs in the bottom of the fourth to stretch their lead to 8-5.
Delaware State opened up a 10-7 lead after scoring two runs in the last of the sixth.
Alexander was three-for-three with three RBI in the nightcap, while Kimbrough was four-for-five with two runs batted in.
Kimbrough was five-for-seven in the doubleheader; and nine-of-11 in the three-game series to raise his season average to .769 (10-for-13).
Reliever Eric Sharff was tagged with the loss for the Hornets after allowing four runs, all unearned, in two innings. .
Delaware State is scheduled to return to action on Wednesday (Mar. 5) at home against the University of Delaware. Game time is 2:30 p.m. at Soldier Field.