Dover, Del. (Feb. 26, 2018) --- Rider scored five runs in the top of the seventh inning erasing a three-run deficit  to defeat Delaware State 8-6 and complete a doubleheader sweep at Soldier Field today. The Broncs won the first game 3-1 to take two of the three games in the series. The doubleheader consisted of two seven-inning games

In the nightcap, Delaware State scored six unanswered runs to lead 6-3 entering the top of the seventh. The Broncs scored their first run of the inning on a DSU error. Jake Barbiere smacked a two-out, two-run double to the left field fence later in the inning to tie the game at 6-6. Rider took a 7-6 lead on a single by Richie Tecco and Dallas Clark followed with a single to add an insurance run for the Broncs.

The Hornets trailed 3-1 in game two when Cole Garey (fr.; Felton, Del.) tied the game on a two-run double in the bottom of the third inning.

Delaware State scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 6-3 lead. Jared Gillis (so.; Middletown, Del.) doubled in the first two runs and Adrian Hill (so.; Dover, Del.) drove in the third run of the inning on a fielder’s choice.

 Gillis was 2-for-4 with two RBI in the nightcap.

In the opener, Rider starting pitcher Pete Soporowski allowed six hits and one run, while striking out seven in six innings to earn the win.

The Hornets scored their only run of the game on a wild pitch in the bottom of the first inning.

Delaware State trailed 3-1 with two men on base and two out in the bottom of the seventh inning when Gillis was robbed of a potential game-tying hit on a diving catch by Rider right-fielder Joe Simone to end the game.       

The loss overshadowed a solid performance by Hornet starting pitcher Sean McGrath (jr.; Bear, Del.), who was tagged with the loss despite striking out 10 batters in six innings. McGrath has 14 strikeouts in 10 innings in two appearances this season.

Todd Henry had two of Delaware State’s eight hits in the opener.

The Hornets return to action with a three-game series at Delaware this weekend. The First State rivals will play single games on Friday to Sunday at Bob Hannah Field in Newark, Del.

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