Norfolk, Va. (Apr. 5, 2014) --- The Delaware State baseball team pulled out a comeback win in the opener, but could not overcome an early four-run deficit in game two of a MEAC North doubleheader at Norfolk State today.
The Hornets took game one 14-10. Norfolk State won the seven inning nightcap 7-5.
In the opener, Delaware State scored eight runs in the last three innings to pull out the win. DSU trailed 5-0 and 10-6 before storming back.
The Hornets scored two runs in the seventh to cut Norfolk State’s lead to 10-8 and added two runs in the eighth to tie the game.
Norfolk State scored three runs in the first inning and two in the second off DSU starter Matt McClain, who allowed 10 runs (six earned) and 11 hits in five innings.
McClain entered the contest with a 4-0 record and 1.66 earned run average in his first six appearances this season.
Delaware State trailed 5-0 before scoring five runs in the third inning to even the contest. Evans had a two-run double and Sorondo singled in two in the inning.
After Norfolk State scored a run in the fourth to take a 6-5 lead, the Hornets answered with a run in the top of the fifth to tie the game. Miller singled in Alexander for the Hornets’ fifth inning run.
The Spartans regained the lead with four runs in their next at bat to go up 10-6.
Miller and Kimbrough had run-scoring singles to account for DSU’s seventh inning runs; and Nardone singled in two in the eighth to tie the game at 10-10.
Kimbrough’s four-hit performance in the opener marked his fourth time this season with four base knocks in a game.
DSU pitchers KT Thomas and Harry Thomas combined for four innings of shutout relief to keep the Hornets in the game. Harry Thomas (2-1) struck out two batters in 1.2 hitless innings to earn the win. KT Thomas tossed 2.1 scoreless innings in relief of McClain.
Norfolk State again started quickly in game two, scoring a run in the first inning and three in the second to grab a 4-0 lead.
The Hornets scored three runs in the third to get back into the game. Cameron Onderko singled in the first run of the inning, while two runs crossed the plate on Norfolk State errors.
The Spartans got two of the runs back in their half of the third to open up a 6-3 lead.
Delaware State put a run on the board in the fifth to pull to within 6-4. Dailey tripled to lead off the inning, and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Nardone.
The Hornets trailed 7-4 entering their last at bat in the seventh. Dailey and Onderko walked to lead off the inning, bring the potential tying to the plate. After Cecil flied out, Nardone doubled to left to score Dailey and cut the Spartans’ lead to 7-5. The next batter, Mike Alexander, drew a walk to load the bases with one out. Norfolk State reliever Corey Haynes entered the contest and struck out Ron Farley and Evans to end the DSU threat and the game.
Nardone had two RBI in game two and three in the doubleheader to give him a team-high 21 this season.
The doubleheader split leaves the Hornets with a 13-10 overall record and 4-4 mark in the MEAC. Norfolk State stands at 9-17 and 6-4.
The Hornets and Spartans will wrap up the series with a single game on Sunday. Game time is 12 p.m. at NSU’s Marty Miller Field.