Norfolk, Va. (Mar. 16, 2014) --- Delaware State recorded season highs in runs and hits en route to an 18-8 win over Norfolk State in the series finale at Marty Miller Field today. The game was called after eight innings due to the conference 10-run rule. The Hornets won two of the three games in the MEAC North season opening series to improve to 10-5 overall and 2-1 in division play.
Delaware State collected 19 hits in the contest, including five for extra bases.
David Kimbrough and Mike Alexander led the DSU hit parade with four hits each. Kimbrough was four-for-five with five runs scored to raise his season average to a team-best .568.
Alexander was four-for-five with a double and three runs batted in to boost his average to .366.
Aaron Nardone, Hassan Evans, Rich Rodriguez, Cameron Onderko and Charles Dailey had two hits each for the Hornets.
Evans drove in three runs in the contest, while Onderko and Dailey knocked in two each.
Delaware State scored in seven of the eight innings, highlighted by a five-run sixth inning; and four runs in the first and fourth.
Evans drove in the first runs of the game with a two-run double in the opening inning. Onderko and Dailey each walked with the bases loaded to account for the other first inning runs for the Hornets.
After Norfolk State scored a run in the bottom of the first, the Hornets tacked on two runs in the second to open up a 6-1 lead.
The Spartans scored two runs in the second and third innings to pull to within 6-5.
Delaware State gave itself a little breathing room with four runs in the fourth.
The first run of the inning crossed the plate on a wild pitch. Eddie Sorondo singled in a run and Rodriguez had a run-scoring double in the inning, which ended with the Hornets ahead 10-5.
Kimbrough singled in a run in the fifth to give DSU an 11-5 lead.
The Hornets put five runs on the board in the sixth inning to open up a 16-7 lead.
Nardone had a two-run single, while Dailey also singled in a run in the inning. The Hornets also scored on a Kimbrough steal of home and a wild pitch in the sixth.
Onderko tripled in a seventh inning run and Evans drove in a run on an eighth inning single to close out the scoring for the Hornets.
Zach Candeloro (1-2) pitched two innings in relief to earn the win.
The Hornets are scheduled to return to action this Tuesday (Mar. 18) with a home against George Washington. Start time is 3:00 p.m. at Soldier Field.