Dover, Del. (Mar. 7, 2012) --- Eddie Sorondo was 3-for-4 with four runs batted in, while Tony Gatto and JP Frey drove in two runs each to lead Delaware State to a 10-6 win over Delaware at Bob Hannah Stadium today. The game was called after Delaware batted in the eighth inning due to darkness.
The Hornets led 7-0 before the Hens scored three runs in the sixth and three in the seventh to pull to within a run. DSU scored three insurance runs in the top of the eighth to secure the win.
Starting pitcher Ryan Haas (1-0) earned the win for the Hornets (7-6). Haas allowed four hits and three runs, while striking out four in 5.1 innings. He was also 2-for-4 at the plate.
Delaware State opened the scoring with a run in the top of the first inning off Danny Gatto, brother of Hornets senior Tony Gatto. Troy Drummond drew a lead-off walk and moved to second base on a sacrifice by Joey Babuca. Drummond advanced to third on a ground out by Cameron Cecil, and scored on a two-out single by Sorondo.
The Hornets scored three runs in the third inning off UD reliever Luke Alicknavitch to stretch their lead to 4-0. Cecil started the rally with a one out single. Haas followed with a single to put runners on second and first. Sorondo then singled to left to score Cecil with DSU's second run. Haas and Sorondo moved up a base on a wild pitch by Alicknavitch. Two batters later, Tony Gatto singled to center, scoring Haas and Sorondo, to give the Hornets a four-run lead.
Delaware State opened up a 7-0 lead with three more runs in the fifth. Sorondo was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. After a sacrifice moved Sorondo to second, Gatto singled to center to give the Hornets runners at third and first with one out. Two batters later, Frey singled to center to score DSU's fifth run. The Hornets scored their second run of the inning when Nick Arrue was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, and opened up a seven run lead when Cecil drew a two-out bases loaded walk.
Delaware (5-8) scored three runs off Haas in the bottom of the sixth to pull to within 7-3. The Hens added three more runs in the seventh off DSU reliever Bobby Brown; two crossing the plate on an error, to cut the Hornets' lead to 7-6. Tommy Dill relieved Brown and recorded the last two outs to prevent further damage by the Hens in the seventh.
Delaware State gave itself some breathing room with three runs in the eighth. Cecil drew a walk to lead off the inning and Haas followed with a double to give DSU runners at second and second. Sorondo then doubled down the left field line to score Cecil and Haas, giving the Hornets a 9-6 lead. Frey drove in DSU's final run on a sacrifice bunt.
The Hens put two runners on in the eighth, but Chad Sturgeon came out of the bullpen to record the final out and earn the save for the Hornets.
Delaware State returns to action this Saturday (Mar. 10) with a doubleheader at Norfolk State in the MEAC opener for each team. The first game gets underway at 1:00 p.m. at Marty Miller Field in Norfolk, Va.