Glen Burnie, Md. (Apr. 13, 2014) --- Delaware State scored 10 unanswered runs to erase an early three-run deficit in a 15-5 win over Coppin State in a MEAC North contest at Joe Cannon Stadium today.
The Hornets swept the three-game series to improve to 18-11 overall and 8-4 in the MEAC.
DSU scored 40 runs and collected 44 hits in the series.
In today's contest, Aaron Nardone was two-for-four with three runs batted in, while Cameron Onderko, Kwestin Smith, Mitchell Moore and Charles Dailey drove in two runs each.
The Hornets trailed 3-0 before scoring four runs in the fifth inning to take the lead.
Delaware State scored its first run in the fifth when Kwestin Smith drew a bases loaded walk. Nardone followed with a two-run single to tie the game at 3-3. The Hornets scored the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly by Mike Alexander.
DSU opened up a 5-3 lead when a run scored on a Coppin State balk in the sixth inning.
The Hornets tacked on five runs in the seventh to open up a 10-3 lead. Nardone, Alexander and Ron Farley each singled to load the bases with none out. The next batter, Eddie Sorondo, was hit by a pitch to score Nardone with Delaware State’s sixth run. The bases were still loaded when Moore was hit by a pitch to give the Hornets a 7-3 lead. Onderko had a two-run single and Nardone drew a bases loaded walk to round out the seventh inning scoring.
After Coppin State scored two runs in the last of the seventh to pull to within 10-5, the Hornets put five more on the board in the top of the eighth. The big blow in the inning was Dailey’s two-run triple. Moore and Smith each singled in a run and Farley drew a bases loaded walk to produce a run in the eighth.
The game was called after Coppin State batted in the eighth inning due to the 10-run rule.
Starter George Michael was the winning pitcher for the Hornets. He allowed eight hits and three runs, one earned, while striking three to improve to 3-1 this season.
Coppin State starter Anderson Burgess was tagged with the loss.
The Hornets will return to action on Tuesday at La Salle. Game time is 3 p.m. in Philadelphia, Pa.
Delaware State has also announced changes to next weekend’s home series against UMES. The Hornets and Hawks will play doubleheaders on Friday (Apr. 18) and Saturday (Apr. 19) beginning at 1 p.m. at Soldier Field.
Also, DSU will now play two seven-inning games at the University of Delaware on April 30. The doubleheader will begin at 2 p.m. at UD’s Bob Hannah Stadium.