Princess Anne, Md. (May 9, 2014) --- Delaware State closed out its 2014 MEAC North schedule with a doubleheader sweep of Maryland-Eastern Shore at Hawk Field today. The Hornets won the first game 8-3 and completed the sweep with a 5-3 victory in the seven inning nightcap.
DSU, which wrapped up its third straight MEAC North title last week, closed out its conference season with a 17-7 mark. The Hornets have won 10 of their last 12 games to improve to 28-15 overall.
In the opener, starter Matt McClain threw five shutout innings while Hassan Evans and DJ Miller drove in two runs each. McClain allowed two hits and struck out two without allowing a walk to improve to 7-0 this season.
The Hornets opened the scoring with a first inning run. Cameron Cecil was hit by a pitch with one out and later scored on a two-out single by Eddie Sorondo.
DSU added a run in the fourth to open up a 2-0 lead. Sorondo led off the inning with a double. He moved to third on a UMES error and crossed the plate on another miscue by the Hawks.
The Hornets took advantage of wildness by UMES pitchers to score five runs in the fifth. Aarron Nardone was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning, while Mike Alexander and Sorondo followed with walks to load the bases. Two batters later, Miller singled to left field, scoring Nardone and Alexander to give DSU a 4-0 lead. After Evans was hit by a pitch to agan load the bases, Charles Dailey drew a walk to score Sorondo and give the Hornets a five-run lead. Cameron Onderko also walked with the bases loaded and Cecil drove in a run on a sacrifice fly to round out the Hornets’ scoring in the fifth. DSU had just one hit, while UMES pitchers walked four batters and hit two in the innng.
The Hawks scored three runs in the sixth to cut the Hornets’ lead to 7-3.
Delaware State closed out the game one scoring when Evans hit his second homer of the season, a solo shot to left, in the top of the ninth inning.
Byron Campbell was two-for-four with a run batted in, while Mike Escanilla had two hits in five at bats for UMES.
In the nightcap, Nardone drove in three runs and closer Eric Sharff struck out four batters in two scoreless innings to earn his fourth save of the season.
The Hornets jumped out in front with a first inning run. Cecil doubled with one out, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a sacrifice fly by Nardone.
After UMES scored a run in the bottom of the first inning to tie the game, Delaware State regained the lead with four runs in the fourth.
Nardone doubled in two runs and Justin Allen had a run-scoring single in the inning. The Hornets also scored a fourth inning run on a sacrifice bunt by Dailey.
The Hawks responded with two runs off DSU starter Harry Thomas in the bottom of the fourth to pull to within 5-3.
Dan Galati pitched a scoreless fifth inning for the Hornets.
Sharff struck out two batters in the sixth and seventh innings to record the save.
Thomas allowed six hits and three runs (two earned), while striking out four in four innings to earn the win. He has won his last three decisions to improve to 5-2 this season.
Delaware State will wrap up the 2014 regular season with a home doubleheader against New York Tech on Satuday. Game one gets underway at noon. Prior to the contest, the Hornets will honor their 2014 senior class.