Dover, Del. (Mar. 2, 2012) --- Scott Davis singled in DJ Miller with the game-winning run with one out in the bottom of the 10th inning to give Delaware State a 3-2 win over NJIT at Soldier Field this afternoon. The Hornets won their fourth straight game to improve to 6-4 this season. NJIT fell to 2-2.
Miller led off the 10th with an infield single off NJIT reliever Jake Porcello. Miller advanced to second on a Troy Drummond sacrifice bunt, and moved to third on a wild pitch. Davis followed with a single up the middle through a drawn in infield to bring in Miller with the winning run.
Delaware State trailed 2-1 when JP Frey singled in Darien Percell with two outs in the ninth to tie the game. The rally began when Percell was hit by a pitch with two outs and the bases empty. Joey Babuca followed with a bad hop single to center, moving Percell to third base. Frey then delivered a single to the right side off the glove of diving NJIT second baseman Mike Rampone, bringing home the tying run.
The game was scoreless until the Hornets broke through in the bottom of the seventh inning. NJIT starter Tripp Davis began the inning with walks to Scott Davis and Cameron Cecil. Ryan Haas followed with a single to left center, scoring Davis. DSU had runners on second and third with none out, but failed to add to its lead.
NJIT scored two runs in the eighth to take the lead. Tom Bouck doubled in the first run to tie the game, and Bryan Bleakley gave Highlanders a 2-1 lead on a sacrifice fly.
Tommy Dill (1-1) pitched three innings in relief to pick up the win for the Hornets. Dill allowed three hits and two runs, one earned, while striking out two.
Hornet starter Jordan Elliott pitched seven shut-out innings, allowing two hits and striking out seven. Elliott left the game with DSU leading 1-0.
The teams will wrap up the series with a doubleheader on Sunday. Game one gets underway at noon at Soldier Field.