Dover, Del. (Mar. 17, 2012) --- Matt McClain (so., Dover, Del.) tossed a complete game to lead Delaware State an 11-2 seven-inning win over Cornell in game two of a doubleheader at Soldier Field this afternoon.
Cornell won the first game 16-6.
In the nightcap, McClain allowed seven hits and two runs while striking out seven without a walk, to improve to 2-2 this season.
Cameron Cecil was 3-for-4 with a run batted in, while Ryan Haas, Aaron Nardone and JP Frey drove in two runs each to lead the Hornet offense.
Cornell opened the game two scoring with two runs on four hits, despite three strikeouts by McClain, in the top of the first inning.
Delaware State answered with four runs in the bottom of the inning to take the lead for good. Nardone smacked a two-run single to left center to give the Hornets a 3-2 lead. Frey delivered the fourth run of the inning on a two-out single.
DSU blew the game open with six runs in the second inning. Troy Drummond and Scott Davis were hit by pitches to lead off the inning. Drummond and Davis were each hit a school-record four times in the contest. Hornet batters were hit nine times in the game, also a team record.
Haas had a two-run single in the second inning to give DSU a 6-2 lead. Sorondo followed with a run-scoring single to put the Hornets ahead by five runs. Delaware State also scored second inning runs on a fielder's choice by Joey Babuca, a hit batter with the bases loaded and on a Cornell error.
The Hornets closed out the scoring on a sacrifice fly by Cecil in the fourth.
McClain allowed just three base runners, while striking out three in the last six innings.
In the opener, Chris Cruz knocked in five runs, highlighted by a grand slam, and Brian Billigen drove in four to lead Cornell's 15-hit attack. The Big Red led 3-1 before scoring six times in the top of the fourth inning. The rally began on a DSU error with two outs and the bases empty. Marshall Yanzick doubled in two runs in the inning to give Cornell a 5-1 lead. After an intentional walk to load the bases, the Big Red opened up a 9-1 lead when Cruz greeted Hornet reliever Josh Patman with a grand slam to cap off the fourth inning rally. Yanzick had four hits in the contest, including a double, for Cornell.
Sorondo had a two-run double in the seventh inning and Davis singled in two runs in the eighth for the Hornets.
Delaware State and Cornell will wrap up the series with a single game on Sunday. Game time is 1:00 p.m. at Soldier Field.