Norfolk, Va. (Mar. 15, 2014) --- The Delaware State University baseball team won its 2014 MEAC opener against Norfolk State 12-1, but fell short in the seven-inning nightcap 2-1 at Marty Miller Field today.
In the opener, Delaware State scored 10 runs in the first three innings to help Matt McClain record his 18th career complete game.
The Hornets scored five runs in the first inning, one in the second and four in the third to take control of the game.
Ron Farley was two-for-four with three runs batted in to lead the Hornets’ 11-hit attack. Hassan Evans had a double and triple, and two RBI; while David Kimbrough also drove in two.
Delaware State’s five-run first inning explosion began with two outs and the bases empty. Aaron Nardone started the rally with a walk. After Nardone stole second, Mike Alexander was hit by a pitch to put runners on second and first. Farley followed with a single to score Nardone, giving the Hornets a 1-0 lead. Evans then doubled home Alexander and Farley to stretch the lead to 3-0. The next batter, DJ Miller, singled in Evans to make it a 4-0 game. Miller later crossed the plate on a Norfolk State error to close out the first inning scoring.
The Hornets opened up a 6-0 lead when Nardone singled with one and later scored on a base hit by Alexander in the top of the second
Delaware State’s four-run third inning was highlighted by two-run singles by Kimbrough and Farley.
The Hornets added a run in the fourth on a single by Charles Dailey to open up an 11-0 lead.
DSU led 12-0 after a run in the sixth. Evans tripled to lead off the inning and scored on a one-out grounder by Rich Rodriguez.
McClain (3-0) allowed six hits and one run in seven innings of work. He struck out five without allowing a walk. He has 18 strikeouts and one walk in 29 innings this season.
Norfolk State scored its lone in the bottom of the seventh, but the game was called after the inning due to the 10-run rule.
In game two, Delaware State trailed 2-0 entering its last at-bat in the top of the seventh inning.
The Hornets put a runner on base when Miller singled with one out. Evans followed with a single to right, chasing Miller to third. Farley was sent up as a pinch hitter with runners at third and first and one out. He reached on a fielder’s choice, with Evans out at second on the play and Miller scoring to cut the Spartans’ lead to 2-1. Cameron Cecil then reached base on an infield single to put runners at second and first. A wild pitch advanced the runners to third and second with two outs. The rally ended when Kimbrough grounded out to third to seal the win for the Spartans.
George Michael was the tough luck loser for the Hornets. He allowed just two runs on two hits in six innings to fall to 2-1 this season.
Delaware State outhit NSU 8-2 in the nightcap. Cecil, Kimbrough and Evans had two hits each in game two.
Evans was four-for-seven in the twin-bill to raise his average to .370 this season.
Delaware State is now 9-5 overall and 1-1 in the MEAC. Norfolk State is 4-14 and 1-1.
The Hornets and Spartans will wrap up the series with a single, nine-inning contest on Sunday. Game time is 12 pm in Norfolk, Va.