Dover, Del. (May 1, 2011) --- Delaware State's Elliot Gardner tossed his second straight complete game and his teammates racked out 16 hits in an 11-1 victory over North Carolina A&T at Soldier Field this afternoon. The Hornets won two of the three games in the series to improve to 23-21 overall and 11-4 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. The Aggies fell to 15-29 and 6-8.
Gardner allowed just two hits while striking out five to improve to 4-5 this season. Delaware State led 7-0 when North Carolina A&T scored its only run on a solo homer by Luke Tendler in the top of the sixth inning. The Middletown (Del.) High School product has allowed just 10 hits and two runs, while striking out 13 in his last 20 innings of work.
Five Delaware State players had at least two hits in the contest. Troy Drummond and Cameron Cecil each had three hits, while Keith Hernandez, Scott Davis and Brandon Crist collected two each.
The Hornets opened the scoring with three runs in the bottom of the second inning. Drummond drove in the first run on an infield single and Davis doubled in a run in the inning.
Delaware State opened up a 4-0 lead when Crist doubled with one out in the fourth and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Hernandez.
The Hornets scored three runs in the fifth, including two on a double by Tony Gatto, to take a 7-0 lead.
Delaware State closed out the scoring with four runs in the eighth inning. Jose Portela and Crist drove in the first two runs on sacrifice flies. The Hornets added their third run of the inning when Aaron Nardone scored on a wild pitch. DSU led 10-1 when Drummond singled in Gatto to end the game due the 10-run rule.
Davis upped his season average to .443, tops in the MEAC and third among all NCAA Div. I players. He also leads the conference with 70 hits.
Prior to the game, the Hornets paid tribute to 2011 seniors Joe Rush, Keith Hernandez and Jose Portela.
The Hornets will close out their 2011 home schedule against Navy on Wednesday (May 4). Game time is 4:00 p.m. at Soldier Field. DSU will play its final MEAC series next weekend at defending champ Bethune-Cookman.