Savannah, Ga. (Feb. 24, 2012) --- Jordan Elliott pitched seven solid innings and Cameron Cecil had three hits and two runs batted in to lead Delaware State to its first win of the season, 4-2, at Savannah State this afternoon.
Elliott allowed seven hits and two runs, while striking out three, to improve to 1-1 this season.
Pre-season MEAC Player-of-the-Year Scott Davis was two-for-two with two walks and a run scored, Troy Drummond had a hit and scored three times, while newcomer JP Frey notched a couple of hits for the Hornets.
Delaware State (1-3) opened the scoring with two runs in the top of the first inning.
Drummond led off the game with a bunt single. After stealing second, he moved to third on a single by Davis, and later scored on a throwing error by Savannah State catcher John Arnold on a stolen base by Davis. Cecil followed with a single to left to score Davis and give the Hornets a 2-0 lead.
Savannah State starter Rex Davis worked out of a two-out bases loaded jam to avoid further DSU damage in the first.
The Tigers (2-2) evened the game with two runs in the bottom of the third. Joe McCrary singled in SSU's first run and Arnold brought in the tying run on a sacrifice fly.
The Hornets regained the lead on a run in the fifth. Drummond walked to lead off the inning. Davis followed with a walk to give the Hornets runners on second and first. DSU loaded the bases when Cecil reached on a throwing error by the pitcher. The next batter, Ryan Haas, drove in Drummond on a fly out to right field off Savannah State reliever Jackson May. The Hornets failed to add to their lead, stranding two runners on base to end the inning.
Drummond, Davis and Cecil teamed up to give Delaware State an insurance run in the seventh. Drummond again led off the inning with a walk. He was sacrificed to second by Davis and later scored on Cecil's second hit of the game, a sharp single to left center.
Savannah State threatened in the eighth inning off DSU reliever Tommy Dill. The Tigers had runners on second and third with one out, but Dill struck out the next batter. After a walk to load the bases, Dill got out of the jam with a pop out to end the inning.
Delaware State reliever Chad Sturgeon pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning to record the save.
The Hornets and Tigers will play single games on Saturday (10:00 a.m.) and Sunday (12:00 p.m.) at SSU's Tiger Field.
Delaware State will play its 2012 home opener with a doubleheader against Lincoln (Pa.) on Wednesday (Feb. 29). The first game starts at noon.