Norfolk, Va. (May 19, 2012) --- Delaware State is one win away from the MEAC Tournament championship round after a 4-2 win over North Carolina A&T at Marty Miller Field this afternoon.
The Hornets advance to face UMES Saturday evening. The winner will take on defending champ Bethune-Cookman in the championship round beginning Sunday at 9:00 a.m. The Wildcats are seeking their seventh straight MEAC title. BCU is the only team without a loss in the tournament.
Delaware State starting pitcher Ryan Haas threw seven strong innings to earn the win over NCA&T. Haas shutout the Aggies until allowing two runs in the seventh inning. He allowed four hits, while striking three to improve to 4-1 this season.
Derek Marshallsea pitched two shutout innings to earn his first save of the season for the Hornets. The Aggies put the potential tying run on base in the top of the ninth, but Marshallsea retired Stefan Jordan on a liner to Cameron Cecil at third base to end the game.
Delaware State scored all of its runs in the fourth inning.
Tony Gatto doubled in JP Frey and Aaron Nardone with one out in the fourth for the first runs of the game. Scott Davis singled in Gatto and Troy Drummond with two outs in the fourth to round out the scoring for the Hornets.
Davis and Frey had two hits each for DSU in the NCA&T contest.
A win over UMES would give Delaware State its first MEAC Tournament championship round appearance since 2004. The Hornets won their lone tournament title in 1989.