Dover, Del. (Apr. 1, 2014) – DJ Miller was five-for-five with two runs batted in and Aaron Nardone had a homer and three RBI to lead Delaware State to a 16-9 win over Maryland-Baltimore County at Soldier Field today.
Miller had four singles and a double to raise his average to .492 this season. The five hits marked a career-high for Miller, who has hit in nine straight and 16 of the last 17 games.
He ranked third among all NCAA Div. I players in hitting this season entering the week.
Nardone smacked a solo homer in the third and a two-run single in the seventh to tie for the team lead with 15 RBI this season.
Delaware State opened the scoring with two unearned runs in the bottom of the first inning.
DSU led 2-1 when Nardone hit his third homer of the season over the fence in right center to give the Hornets a two-run lead.
Delaware State added three runs in the fourth to open up a 6-1 lead. Cameron Onderko doubled in the first run and the other two were the result of UMBC errors.
Miller singled in a run in the fifth to give the Hornets a 7-1 lead.
UMBC scored five runs on just two hits in the seventh inning to get back into the game. The Retrievers took advantage of two walks, two errors, a wild pitch and hit batsman during the inning. UMBC had runners on second and first with one out when the Hornets turned a double-play to end the rally and hang on to a 7-6 lead.
DSU responded with nine runs in the bottom of the seventh to regain control of the.
Nardone and Ron Farley had two-run singles, while Miller doubled in a run in the inning. The Hornets also scored runs on a bases loaded walk, a hit batter with the bases loaded, an error; and a balk in the inning.
UMBC collected 12 hits in the contest. Hunter Dolshun had three hits and a run batted in, while Manny Colon was two-for-four with two RBI for the Retrievers.
Starter Harry Thomas (1-1) allowed four hits and one run, while striking out five batters in four innings to earn the win for the Hornets.
UMBC starter Mike Gomez (1-1) was tagged with the loss.
In addition to the 25 runs, the teams combined for 26 hits, eight errors and 15 walks. Delaware State used six pitchers in the game, while four took the mound for the Retrievers.
The Hornets improved to 12-8 this season. UMBC fell to 5-15.
Delaware State returns to action on Wednesday at Towson. Game time is 3;30 p.m. in Towson, Md.