Dover, Del. (Apr. 27, 2012) --- Delaware State scored a season-high 14 runs in the fifth inning en route to a 23-0 win over Coppin State at Soldier Field on Friday. The game was called after Coppin State batted in the seventh inning due to the 10-run rule.
The Hornets won their ninth straight game to improve to 27-14-1 overall and 15-1 in the MEAC North. The victory also reduced Delaware State's magic number to clinch the division title to two.
DSU's streak is its longest since also winning nine in a row during the 2003 season. The Hornets' modern-day record for consecutive wins is 12 in 2002.
Five players drove in at two runs, led by first baseman Ryan Haas with four. Haas was 2-for-4 with two doubles in the contest. He leads all MEAC players with 19 doubles this season.
Scott Davis, Aaron Nardone, Tony Gatto and Peter Broehl each knocked in two runs for the Hornets.
Delaware State led 7-0 before the fifth inning explosion. The Hornets sent 16 batters to the plate in the frame. Haas had a two-run double, while DJ Miller and Troy Drummond each singled in a run in the inning. Three DSU runners crossed the plate on Coppin State wild pitches and three others scored as a result of errors in the fifth.
The Hornets opened the scoring when Haas doubled in two runs in the bottom of the first inning.
DSU added two runs in the second and three in the third to pen up a 7-0 lead.
Jordan Elliott pitched the first six innings to earn his MEAC leading eighth win for the Hornets. He allowed five hits while striking out a season-high nine batters to improve to 8-2 this season. Elliott has not allowed a run in his last 13 innings pitched.
The Hornets and Eagles will wrap up the series with a doubleheader on Sunday. Game one gets underway at 12:00 p.m. at Soldier Field.