Daytona Beach, Fla. (May 15, 2019) --- Second baseman John Weglarz (so.) was four-for-five with two runs batted in and Miguel Rivera hit two home runs to lead Delaware State to a 6-5 victory over Coppin State in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament elimination game at Jackie Robinson Ballpark Wednesday evening. The Hornets will play another elimination contest Thursday evening against a yet to be determined opponent. Delaware State dropped their tournament opener to Florida A&M earlier in the day.
DSU led 6-2 before allowing three runs in the bottom of the ninth. The Eagles had the potential tying run at second base, but freshman reliever Jeremy Carrow retired Coppin State’s Eric Crossman on a liner to second to end the game.
Weglarz was seven-for-eight in the two games to raise his season average to .345, while Rivera had the first two home run game of his career. He was two-for-five with three RBI in the contest.
Delaware State opened the scoring when Rivera hit his second homer of the season with two outs in the top of the first inning.
Coppin State answered with a run in the bottom of the first off DSU starter Darnell Maisonet to tie the score.
Delaware State scored again in the second when Cole Garey doubled to lead off the inning and came home on a double by Todd Henry to lead 2-1.
The Hornets maintained the one run lead until adding three more in the seventh. Weglarz singled in the first seventh inning run and Rivera followed with his second home of the game and third of the season, a two-run shot, to stretch the lead to 5-1.
Rivera is the first DSU player to hit two home runs in a game since Maisonet vs. Maryland-Eastern Shore in 2018.
The Eagles scored a run in the bottom of the eighth, but Weglarz singled in his second run of the game in the top of the ninth to restore the Hornets’ four-run lead.
Maisonet (3-2) pitched seven innings to earn the win. He allowed seven hits and one run, while striking out nine and walking one.
Carrow pitched to just the one batter to record his third save of the season.
In DSU’s opening round contest, Florida A&M collected 14 hits and benefitted from four Delaware State in a 13-3 win over the Hornets in a MEAC Tournament opening round game at Jackie Robinson Stadium today.
Jared Weber had three hits and two runs batted in, while Bret Maxwell, Wil McDaniel and Octavio Moyer also drove in three runs to lead the Rattlers.
Delaware State had nine hits in contest. The Hornets’ 1-2 hitters, Tommy Jordan and John Weglarz were a combined five-for-six at the plate.
Delaware State opened the scoring with a run in the top of the first inning. Jordan singled to lead off the game, and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Weglarz. There were two outs when Jared Gillis singled to center to drive home Jordan with the first run of the game.
After failing to score in the bottom of the first, Florida A&M struck back with four runs on three hits in the second off Delaware State starter and MEAC Pitcher-of-the-Year Garrett Lawson . The Rattlers also took advantage of two Hornet errors in the inning.
Weber had a two-run single, while the Rattlers also scored a run on a Hornet error.
Florida A&M tacked on a run in the third on a two-out double by Moyer to open up a 5-1 lead.
The Rattlers scored two more runs in the fourth, one earned, off DSU reliever Austin Warrington to lead 7-1.
The Hornets scored two runs after two were out in the fifth to pull closer. Jordan singled with two down and Weglarz followed with a bunt single to put runners at second and first. Miguel Rivera tripled to drive home Jordan and Weglarz to cut the Rattlers lead to 7-3.
Florida A&M scored a run in the sixth and five in the eighth to end the game. The game was called when McDaniel singled in a run to give the Rattlers a 10-run lead.
Lawson (7-4) was tagged with the loss for the Hornets. He allowed five hits and five runs, although just earned, while striking out three and walking four in three innings.
Weglarz was three-for-three at the plate in the contest.