Dover, Del. (Mar. 14, 2012) --- Delaware State and Lehigh could not settle their baseball contest after 11 innings, so the game was called due to darkness with the score tied at 11-11 at Soldier Field today.
The four-hour-nine-minute contest featured a total of 13 pitchers, 33 hits, 27 runners left on base and seven hit batters.
Delaware State trailed 11-10 when Troy Drummond singled in pinch hitter Joey Babuca with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to tie the game. Babuca was hit by a pinch to lead off the inning. He advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by JP Frey. After ground out by DJ Miller, Drummond was the last hope for the Hornets (10-6-1). After falling behind 0-2 in the count, he took two pitches before chopping a single up the middle to bring in Babuca with the tying run.
The Hornets trailed 6-0 early in the contest before pulling ahead 10-9 after scoring two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Lehigh (3-10-1) scored twice in the top of the eighth to regain the lead. The Mountain Hawks tied the game at 10-10 on a Delaware State error, then took the lead 11-10 on a one-out suicide squeeze bunt by Brandon Wilt.
Each team failed to take advantage of scoring opportunities in extra innings. Lehigh had runners on second and third with none out off DSU reliever Zach Adkins in the top of the 10th inning, but could not score.
Delaware State Hornets put runners on first and second with none in the bottom of the tenth off Mountain Hawk reliever Dan Ciccone. The Hornets appeared to have the game won when Ryan Haas hit a deep fly in the gap in left center, but Lehigh centerfielder Casey Turner made a great running catch to keep DSU off the board. The Hornets had runners on second and third with one out put the potential winning run was cut down at the plate on a grounder by Eddie Sorondo. Ciccone then retired Joey Babuca on a foul out to end the threat.
The Hornets also had runners on second and third with one out in the 11th but Lehigh reliever Brandon Sady struck out Scott Davis and retired Cameron Cecil on a ground out to end the threat.
The Mountain Hawks scored three runs in the first and second innings to open up a 6-0 lead.
Delaware State cut the deficit in half with three runs in the bottom of the second. Tony Gatto drove in the first run on a sacrifice fly and two scored on a Lehigh error.
The Hornets used the long ball to tie the game in the bottom of the third. Haas led off the inning with his first home run of the season to cut Lehigh's lead to 6-4. After Sorondo was hit by a pitch, Aaron Nardone followed with a shot over the right field fence to tie the game.
Lehigh regained the lead, 8-6, with two runs in the fourth. The Hornets answered with two in the bottom of the fourth when Nardone drove in his third and fourth runs of the game on a two-run single. Nardone was 3-for-5 with four RBI in the contest.
Five players had two hits each for the Hornets.
Tyler Brong was 4-for-6 with two RBI, while Casey (3-for-7) and Joe Abeln (3-5) collected three hits each for Lehigh.
Delaware State returns to action with a doubleheader against Cornell on Saturday. Game one starts at 12:00 p.m. The teams will wrap up the series with a single game on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.