Dover, Del. (Apr. 30, 2011) --- Delaware State scored the winning run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat North Carolina A&T 9-8 in the second game of a MEAC doubleheader at Soldier Field this afternoon. The Aggies scored 10 runs in the last two innings en route to a 12-4 victory in the opener.
In the seven inning nightcap, North Carolina A&T scored two runs in the top of the seventh to tie the game at 8-8.
Eddie Sorondo singled off NCA&T reliever Garrett Braun to lead off the Delaware State seventh. Sorondo advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Tony Gatto, and moved to third on a passed ball. After an intentional walk to Brandon Crist put runners at first and third, Troy Drummond was up next for the Hornets. Braun's first pitch to Drummond skipped away from catcher Malik Clark, allowing Sorondo to score from third with the winning run.
Ryan Haas was 3-for-4 with four RBI, while Crist drove in two runs for the Hornets in game two.
Xavier Macklin was 3-for-3 with two solo homers for North Carolina A&T. Kelvin Freeman had a two-run shot and Luke Tendler hit a solo home run for the Aggies in the fourth inning.
The score was 1-1 when Keith Hernandez and Ryan Haas had run scoring doubles in the third inning to give the Hornets a 3-1 lead.
The Aggies took their first lead of the game 4-3 on the Freeman and Tendler home runs in the fourth.
Crist had a two-run single in the bottom of the fourth to give the Hornets a 5-4 lead.
North Carolina A&T regained the lead 6-5 on run-scoring singles by Freeman and Mark Nales in the top of the fifth.
Haas had a two-run single and Cameron Cecil followed by a double to give Delaware State an 8-6 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Tony Gatto (1-0) was credited with the win for the Hornets, despite giving up the tying runs in the top of the seventh inning.
In the opener, North Carolina A&T trailed 4-2 before exploding for three runs in the eighth and seven in the ninth to take control of the game.
Delaware State opened the scoring with three runs in the bottom of the first. Cecil doubled in the first two runs and Gatto added a run-scoring single in the inning.
The Hornets opened up a 4-1 lead when Scott Davis drove in Drummond on a bunt single in the fifth.
North Carolina A&T trailed 4-2 when Macklin hit the first pitch from DSU reliever Tommy Dill over the centerfield fence with two outs in the top of the eighth inning to give the Aggies a 5-4 lead.
NCA&T put the game away with seven runs in the top of the ninth. Freeman hit a grand slam and Tendler added a two-run single to highlight the inning.
Freeman and Macklin drove in four runs each, while Tendler had three RBI for the Aggies in the opener. Marquis Riley had four of the NCA&T's 18 hits in the contest.
Scott Davis was 2-for-4 for the Hornets in game one.
The split gives Delaware State a 22-21 overall record and 10-4mark in the MEAC. North Carolina A&T is 15-28 and 6-7.
The teams will wrap up the series with a single game on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. The Hornets will honor their 2011 seniors prior to the contest at Soldier Field.