Dover, Del. (May 2, 2012) --- Delaware State tied a modern-day school record for consecutive wins with a 6-4 victory over Navy at Soldier Field this afternoon.
The Hornets won their 12th straight game to improve to 30-14-1. DSU also won 12 consecutive games during the 2002 season.
Delaware State swept the season series from Navy, 2-0. The Midshipmen fell to 23-27 this year.
Starter Ryan Haas pitched 6.2 innings to earn the win. He allowed four hits and three runs- two earned- while striking out five to improve to 3-1 this season.
The Hornets opened the scoring with a run in the bottom of the first inning. Troy Drummond walked to lead off the inning. He advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Scott Davis and moved to third on a ground out by Cameron Cecil. Haas followed with a single to left center, scoring Drummond with the game's first run.
Delaware State added a run in the second inning to open up a 2-0 lead. JP Frey led off the inning with a single. He advanced to second on a balk and later scored on a single by Aaron Nardone.
Navy scored an unearned run in the top of the third to pull to within 2-1.
The Hornets scored four runs after two were out in the fourth inning to open up a 6-1 lead. Eddie Sorondo reached base on an error to lead off the inning. DSU loaded the bases with two outs when Drummond singled to left field to score Sorondo and Nardone to open up a 4-1 lead. Davis and Cecil added run-scoring hits in the fourth to give the Hornets a five-run lead.
The Midshipmen scored two runs off Haas in the seventh to pull to within 6-4. Reliever Bobby Brown retired Navy's Joshua Moore on a fielder's choice with a bases loaded to end the inning.
Delaware State closer Chad Sturgeon allowed a run in the ninth, but forced Navy's Chris Campbell to ground into a double play with the bases loaded to end the game and earn his seventh save of the season.
Nardone (2-for-4) was the only Delaware State player with more than one hit.
Navy catcher Chris Cannon had three of the team's six hits, collecting a single, double and triple in the contest. .
The Hornets return to action with a three-game series against MEAC North rival Coppin State at Soldier Field this weekend. The series begins with a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 1:00 p.m. The series concludes with a single game at noon on Sunday.