Dover, Del. (May 6, 2012) --- Zach Adkins pitched six solid innings and Eddie Sorondo had three hits to lead Delaware State to a 12-2 win over Coppin State in the Hornets' 2012 home finale at Soldier Field this afternoon. The game was stopped after DSU scored four times in the bottom of the seventh inning due to the 10-run rule.
Delaware State stretched its school-record win streak to 15 games to improve to 33-14-1 overall and 20-1 in MEAC North games. The Hornets have clinched the North Division crown and a No. 1 in the upcoming MEAC Tournament.
Adkins, who did not give up a hit until a bunt single by Davan Smith in the sixth inning, won his fifth straight decision to improve to 7-1 this season. He allowed two hits and a run, while striking out five, in six innings of work.
The Hornets opened the scoring with two runs in the bottom of the third inning.
Peter Broehl singled to lead off the inning. He advanced to second a sacrifice bunt by Troy Drummond. Two batters later, Cameron Cecil drew a walk to give DSU runners at second and first with two outs. Ryan Haas singled up the middle to score Broehl with the first run of the game. Sorondo followed with a double, scoring Cecil to give the Hornets a 2-0 lead.
Delaware State added two runs in the fourth to open up a 4-0 lead. Aaron Nardone, who led off the inning with a single, scored the first run on sacrifice fly by Drummond. Tony Gatto scored the second run when he crossed the plate while Scott Davis was caught in a rundown between first and second with two out.
The Hornets scored four runs on just one hit in the fifth to stretch their lead to 8-0. DSU scored on a Coppin State error, a sacrifice fly, a hit batter with the bases full and a bases loaded walk in the inning.
Coppin State scored single runs in the sixth and seventh innings to cut the Hornets' lead to 8-2.
Delaware State ended the game with four runs in the bottom of the seventh. Drummond singled in a run and Cecil had a two-run single in the inning. The game was called when JP Frey singled in Davis with two outs in the seventh to give the Hornets a 12-2 Lead.
DSU's 33 wins this season are the third best in team history, trailing on the 2002 (40-19) and 2001 (37-10) squads.
The Hornets posted a 20-7-1 record at home this season.
Delaware State will play its last four regular season games on the road, beginning with a visit to Georgetown on Wednesday (May 9). Game time is 7:00 p.m. in Bethesda, Md.