Dover, Del. (Mar. 9. 2014) --- Delaware State scored nine runs in the fifth inning to highlight a 13-7 win over St. Peter’s in game one of a doubleheader at Soldier Field today. The Hornets won the seven-inning nightcap 8-6 to complete the sweep.
DSU has won seven of its last eight games to stand at 7-2 this season.
In the opener, Delaware State trailed 3-0 before the fifth inning explosion. The Hornets sent 16 batters to the plate in the inning, which featured eight hits, three for extra bases.
The big blow in the inning was the first career homer by Rich Rodriguez, a three-run shot to right center, to give the Hornets a 6-3 lead. Cameron Cecil singled in two runs, while Eddie Sorondo (double), DJ Miller (single) and Charles Dailey (single) also had run-scoring hits in the frame.
After St. Peter’s scored two runs in the top of the eighth to pull to within 9-5, the Hornets tacked on four runs in the bottom of the inning to stretch their lead.
Aaron Nardone had a two-run single in the eighth to give DSU an 11-5 lead. Sorondo singled in his second run of the game in the eighth.
The Hornets had 14 hits in the opener, with five players collecting two hits each.
Rodriguez was two-for-four with three RBI. Cecil, Nardone and Sorondo also had two hits and two RBI in the contest.
Miller was two-for-four with a run batted in, while Charles Dailey had a hit and two RBI.
Delaware State starter Matt McClain (2-0) pitched seven innings to earn the win. He allowed nine hits and three runs, while striking out four without allowing a walk.
Rob Moore smacked a three-run homer for St. Peter’s in the opener.
In the nightcap, the Hornets scored five runs in the fourth to open up a 7-1 lead.
Miller doubled in a run, while Mitchell Moore and Ron Farley had run-scoring singles in the fourth for the Hornets. DSU also scored a run on a wild pitch and hit batsman in the inning.
Farley was three-for-four in the nightcap, while Cecil, Moore and Miller had two hits each.
Starter George Michael (2-0) was the winning pitcher for the Hornets in game two. He allowed five hits and five runs-two earned-in 5.1 innings.
Miller was four-for-eight with three RBI in the doubleheader to raise his season average to .483.
Farley is batting .450 for the season after tallying four hits in five at-bats in the twin-bill.
Cecil also had four hits (4-9) in the two games.
The Hornets and Peacocks will wrap up their three-game series with a single game on Monday (Mar. 10) at 3 p.m. at Soldier Field.
Delaware State has also announced that it will host Penn for doubleheader on Tuesday (Mar. 11), starting at noon.
The teams were originally scheduled to play single games on Tuesday and Wednesday.