Dover, Del. (Mar. 20, 2012) --- Starter Zach Adkins threw six shutout innings to lead Delaware State to a 4-1 win over Delaware and a two-game sweep for the Hornets in the 2012 series between the state's two Division I baseball programs.
The Hornets won for the second time in the last three games to improve to 12-8-1 this season. The Hens dropped their second in a row to fall to 8-12.
Adkins scattered three singles, while striking one to improve to 2-0 this season. He retired Delaware in order in the second, fourth and sixth innings.
Delaware State was ahead 4-0 when Adkins was relieved in the top of the seventh inning after allowing the first two batters to get on base. Hornet reliever Josh Patman got out of the jam when he forced Delaware's Ryan Hartley to hit into a double play and retired Jimmy Yezzo on a grounder to the mound.
The Hornets opened the scoring with three runs in the bottom of the third inning. Tony Gatto singled to lead off the inning. He was sacrificed to second on a bunt by Troy Drummond. After Scott Davis was hit by a pitch to give DSU runners at second and first, Cameron Cecil doubled to the gap in left center off Delaware starter Matt Soren (0-4) to score Gatto with the game's first run. The next batter, Ryan Haas, was intentionally walked to load the bases. Soren then uncorked a wild pitch to score Davis with the Hornets' second run. Delaware State opened up a 3-0 lead when Cecil scored on a ground out by Aaron Nardone.
The Hornets stretched their lead to 4-0 with a run in the fourth off UD reliever Jeff Murray. JP Frey was walked to lead off the inning for DSU. Frey advanced to second on a one-out single by Drummond and crossed the plate when Davis followed with a single to left.
Delaware pulled to within 4-1 on a run-scoring single by Ty Warrington in the eighth. Warrington had two of the Hen's four hits.
Delaware State's Chad Sturgeon pitched a scoreless ninth inning to record his fifth save of the season.
The Hornets have taken the season series from the Hens for the first time since winning three of five games between the teams in 2003. DSU defeated Delaware 10-6 on Mar. 7 at UD's Bob Hannah Stadium.
DSU returns to action on Wednesday (Mar. 21) against Towson. Game time is 3:00 p.m. at Soldier Field.