Columbia, Md. (Mar. 10, 2019) --- Todd Henry doubled in the go-ahead run with two outs in the seventh inning to lift Delaware State to a 6-5 victory over UMBC in the finale of a three-game series at Blandair Park today. The Retrievers loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, but DSU freshman reliever Robert Shorts squashed the threat on a grounder to third to end the game.
The Hornets led 5-0 before the Retrievers clawed back to tie the game in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Delaware State got off to fast start with four runs in the top of the first.
Adrian Hill led off the game with an infield single. After he advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by John Weglarz, Jared Gillis followed with a homer to right to give the Hornets a 2-0 lead. Mark Herron singled in a run and Alex Vasquez drove in a run on a groundout to third to push the lead to 4-0 after a-half inning.
After Delaware State starter Jeremy Carrow kept the Retrievers off the board in the bottom of the first, the Hornets opened up a 5-0 lead with a run in the top the second. Hill walked with one out in the second, moved to third on a Weglarz single and scored on a ground out by Gillis for his third RBI of the game.
UMBC (4-6) scored two runs off Carrow in the second, one in the third and two in the fifth to tie the game.
The score was still tied when Gillis drew walk with one out in the seventh inning. He advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Tripp Kimmell and scored the go-ahead run on Henry’s two-out double.
Shorts (1-0) pitched four scoreless innings, allowing one hit, while striking out six and walking three to earn the win.
Weglarz had two of DSU’s eight hits.
The Hornets (5-7) begin a two-game homestand with games LIU Brooklyn on Tuesday (3:00 pm) and LaSalle on Wednesday (3:00 pm).