Savannah, Ga. (Fe. 25, 2012) - Delaware State scored six runs in the eighth inning to break a 5-5 tie en route to an 11-5 victory over Savannah State in the first game of a doubleheader at Tiger Field this afternoon. Savannah State bounced back to win the nightcap 3-0 on a four-hitter Kevin Herlihy.
In the opener, Cameron Cecil doubled in the go-ahead runs to give the Hornets a 7-5 lead in the eighth. DSU stretched its lead to three runs when Ryan Haas followed with a run-scoring single. The Hornets scored two insurance runs on Savannah State errors in the eighth.
Haas was 3-for-5 with four runs batted in, while Cecil had three hits and three RBI in four at-bats. Joey Babuca and Scott Davis had two hits each for DSU, which racked out 14 base knocks in the contest.
Delaware State opened the scoring with a run in the top of the first inning. Troy Drummond singled to lead off the game and later scored on a two-out double by Haas.
The score was 1-1 when Haas doubled in two more runs in the third to give the Hornets a 3-1 lead.
DSU opened up a 5-2 lead with two runs in the top of the fifth. Babuca doubled to lead off the inning. JP Frey followed with a walk to give the Hornets runners at second and first with none out. Delaware State loaded the bases with two out when Davis drew a walk to score Babuca and Frey crossed the plate when Cecil was hit by a pitch with the bases full.
Savannah State scored three times in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game at 5-5.
Bobby Brown (fr., Dover, Del) tossed two shutout innings of one-hit relief to earn the win for the Hornets.
In the nightcap, Herlihy scattered four hits, two by Haas to earn the win for the Tigers. Matthew Oglesby was 2-for-3 with two RBI to key the Savannah State offense.
Matt McClain was the tough luck loser for DSU. He allowed four hits and three runs, two earned, while striking out four in six innings.
The Hornets and Tigers will wrap up the series with a single game on Sunday.