Dover, Del. (Mar. 30, 2012) --- Delaware State jumped out to a 9-0 lead and never looked back in a 10-2 victory over Hofstra in game one of a three-game series at Soldier Field today.
The Hornets won for the third time in the last four games to improve to 15-10-1 this season. The Pride fell to 11-12.
DSU had 13 hits, with four players collecting at least two each, in the contest.
JP Frey was 2-for-4 with three runs batted in, while Aaron Nardone and Ryan Haas drove in two runs each for the Hornets.
Starter Jordan Elliott allowed two runs on eight hits in 7.1 innings to earn the win (4-2). Elliott Gardner pitched 1.2 innings of scoreless for the Hornets.
Delaware State opened the scoring with a run in the bottom of the first inning. Troy Drummond led off the inning with a walk. He advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Scott Davis and moved to third on a one out infield single by Cameron Cecil. Ryan Haas followed with a ground out to score Drummond with the game's first run.
The Hornets added five runs in the third inning to take control of the game. Davis started the rally with a one-out single. Cecil followed with his second hit of the game and Haas drew a walk to load the bases. The next batter, Eddie Sorondo, reached base on an infield single. Davis scored on the hit and Cecil followed him home when Hofstra starter Andrew Barbarino (1-2) committed a throwing error on the play to give DSU a 3-0 lead.
After an intentional walk to Frey, Aaron Nardone followed with a double down the right field line to score Haas and Sorondo, giving the Hornets a 5-0 advantage. Delaware State opened up a 6-0 lead when Frey crossed the plate on a sacrifice fly by Tony Gatto.
The Hornets scored three runs in the fourth, highlighted by a two-run triple by Frey. Haas drove in the first run of the inning on a fielder's choice. Davis and Haas scored when Frey laced a hit to center field that took a bad hop over the head of Hofstra centerfielder Taylor Stuart and rolled to the fence, giving the Hornets a 9-0 lead.
Frey drove in his third run of the game on an eighth inning single.
Elliott had thrown 12 consecutive scoreless innings before allowing a run in the sixth on a one-out double by Jared Hammer.
Hammer and Danny Poma had three hits each for Hofstra.
The Hornets and Pride will continue the series with a 1:00 p.m. contest on Saturday at Soldier Field.