DOVER (April 26, 2009) – Falling behind early, the Delaware State Baseball Team (18-17-1, 9-6 MEAC) dropped the series finale with the North Carolina A&T Aggies (13-29, 6-8 MEAC), 7-3, on Sunday, April 26 at Soldier Field.
N.C. A&T jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the second inning, capped off with a three-run home run by Lester Rivenbark. DSU responded in its half of the inning with an RBI double by Ross Babineaux to make the score 4-1.
The Aggies tacked on two more runs in the top of the fourth following a two-RBI triple by George Hines. The triple extended North Carolina’s A&T’s lead to 6-1. The Aggies scored their seventh run of the game in the top of the sixth. James Howard tripled to right-center field with a runner on base, giving N.C. A&T a six-run lead.
Abe Eubank drove in two runs in the bottom of the seventh with his seventh home run of the season. With a runner on first, Eubank took the first pitch he saw over the right-field fence to cut the Aggie lead to 7-3.
Unable to score any more runs in the contest, DSU dropped its second-straight to N.C. A&T, giving the Aggies the series win (2-1).
The Hornets were led by Eubank, who went 1-for-4 with two RBI a run scored. Justin Bittner accounted for two of DSU’s three runs while Babineaux finished the day hitting 1-for-4 with an RBI.
The Hornets scored three runs on four hits versus the Aggies.
Bittner (5-3), who made his ninth start of the season, suffered the loss, allowing six runs on seven hits while striking out seven in four innings of action. Four other pitchers saw action in the contest, including Mike Ingram, Shane Foreman, Anthony Gibbons and Brandon Penick. The entire DSU pitching staff struck out 13 N.C. A&T batters.
The Aggies scored seven on runs on 12 hits in the game and were led by Hines and Rivenbark, who combined to drive in five of the team’s seven total runs. Hines went 2-for-5 with two RBI versus the Hornets, while Rivenbark hit 1-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored.
Chris Watson picked up the victory, allowing three runs on four hits in six innings pitched. Jonathan Smith, who came in for relief of Watson in the seventh inning, earned his first save of the season, giving up no runs on no hits while striking out six in three innings of action.
Prior to the start of the contest, the Head Coach J.P. Blandin and the DSU coaching staff honored the 2009 senior class. Eleven seniors played their final conference home game on Sunday.
Delaware State will host the Navy Midshipmen on Tuesday, April 28. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.