Norfolk, Va. (May 1, 2016) --- Austin Bentley was two-for-four and tied his career-high with five runs batted in to lead Delaware State to a 10-7 win over Norfolk State in the second game of a MEAC North doubleheader at NSU’s Marty Miller Field today.
The Hornets avoided a sweep in the four-game series to improve to 11-33 overall and 11-9 in the MEAC. The Spartans won the first three games in series, including a doubleheader on Saturday, to stand at 16-5 in the league and 23-18 overall.
Norfolk State led 2-0 in game two before the Hornets scored four runs in the third inning to take the lead. Todd Henry singled in the first run and a base hit by Bentley drove in two more to give DSU a 3-2 lead. The Hornets scored their fourth run of the inning on a two-out bases loaded walk to Chris Panzarella.
Delaware State tacked on five runs in the fourth inning to open up a 9-2 lead.
Bentley’s three-run double was the big blow in the inning, while Cameron Onderko doubled in a run and the Hornets also scored on a bases loaded walk to Darnel Maisonet.
Maisonet doubled in a fifth inning run to give DSU a 10-2 lead.
Norfolk State responded with five runs in the bottom of the fifth to put a scare in the Hornets. The Spartans had the potential tying run at the plate in the fifth when DSU reliever Travis Dill retired Spartan left fielder Kyle Granger on a pop up to third to end the inning.
Darrien Ragins pitched two dominant scoreless innings to earn the save for the Hornets. Ragins allowed just one hit struck out five of the seven batters he faced, including the side in the seventh.
DSU starter Terry Godfrey (1-1) was the winning pitcher in the nightcap.
In Sunday’s opener, Norfolk State trailed 2-1 before scoring four times in the bottom of the eighth inning.
The loss overshadowed a strong performance by DSU freshman starter Cole Davis, who allowed just four hits and struck out five in seven innings in the no-decision effort.
The Hornets scored first in opener when Henry doubled to lead off the game and later crossed the plate on a groundout by Maisonet.
After Norfolk State tied the game with a run in the bottom of the second, DSU regained the lead when Henry singled in Adrian Hill in the third inning.
The Hornets held onto the 2-1 lead until the eighth. Justin Lee singled in the first two Norfolk State runs in the inning to give the Spartans a 3-2 lead. Denathan Dukes followed with a double to provide two insurance runs for NSU.
Norfolk State posted 10-0 and 12-0 wins to sweep a doubleheader with the Hornets on Saturday.
The Hornets return to action with a three-game series at home against UMES next weekend.