Princess Anne, Md. (Mar. 24, 2012) --- Tony Gatto was 3-for-4 with a season-high four runs batted in to lead Delaware State to a 13-3 win over UMES in game one of a MEAC baseball doubleheader at Hawk Stadium this afternoon.
UMES, aided by five Delaware State errors, won the second game 5-4.
The Hornets won two of the three games in the series to improve to 15-9-1 overall and 5-1 in the MEAC. The Hawks are 2-21 and 1-5.
The Hornets had 16 hits in the opener, which was called after seven innings due to the 10-run rule. Joey Babuca was 3-for-5 with two RBI, while Aaron Nardone had three hits, including two doubles, in five at bats.
Delaware State began the game one scoring with two runs in the top of the first inning. Troy Drummond singled to lead of the game. He advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Scott Davis and moved to third on a passed ball. Cameron Cecil singled in Drummond with the game's first run. Ryan Haas gave the Hornets a 2-0 lead on a one-out double to score Cecil.
DSU scored two runs in the fourth inning on two UMES errors to open up a 4-0 lead.
The Hawks answered with two runs in the bottom of the fourth to cut the Hornets' lead to 4-2.
Babuca singled in a run in the fifth inning to give Delaware State a 5-2 lead.
The Hornets blew the game open with six runs in the top of the sixth. Gatto had a two-run single, while Babuca and Eddie Sorondo also had run-scoring hits in the inning. DSU also scored on a bases loaded walk to JP Frey and on a UMES error in the sixth.
Gatto doubled in two runs in the seventh to give the Hornets a 13-2 lead.
DSU starter Matt McClain (3-2) was the winning pitcher in the opener. McClain allowed four hits and two runs, one earned, in 4.2 innings of work. Reliever Tommy Dill recorded the final seven outs for the Hornets.
In the nightcap, Jacob Foreman pitched a complete game and UMES rebounded from a 4-2 deficit to earn the split in the doubleheader. Foreman allowed four runs, three earned, on just three hits in the complete-game effort.
The Hawks scored the go-ahead run on a single by Stephen Bull with two outs in the bottom of the fourth. The Hornets assisted the Hawks by committing two errors in the fourth.
UMES opened the scoring in game two with two runs in the bottom of the first inning. The Hawks were aided by three Hornet errors in the inning.
Delaware State answered with four runs on two hits in the top of the second. Frey drove in the first Hornet run on a fielder's choice. DSU tied the game at 2-2 when Nardone scored on a UMES error. Nick Arrue singled in a run to give the Hornets a 3-2 lead. Cecil drew a bases loaded walk to stretch the lead to 4-2.
UMES pulled to within 4-3 on a solo homer by James Newsome in the bottom of the third.
Zach Adkins (2-1) was the losing pitcher for DSU, despite allowing just two earned runs. He struck out four and walked one in four innings. Elliott Gardner pitched two scoreless innings in relief for the Hornets.
Delaware State returns to action with a three-game series at home against Hofstra next weekend. The teams will play singles game on Mar. 30 (3:00 p.m.), Mar. 31 (1:00 p.m.) and Apr. 1 (1:00 p.m.) at Soldier Field.