Dover, Del. (Apr. 8, 2017) --- Freshman Ciaran Devenney had a grand slam and a career-high six runs batted in, while Jaylen Zielecki had a slam and five RBI to lead Delaware State to a 19-3 win over Norfolk State in the opening game of a MEAC North series at Soldier Field this afternoon. Freshman Jared Gillis also smacked a three-run homer to help highlight the Hornets’ season-high scoring outburst. Delaware State scored in each inning to improve to 5-5 in the MEAC. Division leader Norfolk State fell to 7-3 in the league, with each of its losses to the Hornets.
The contest was called after Norfolk State batted in the seventh inning due to the MEAC’s 10-run rule in conference games.
DSU’s run total was its most since a 19-10 victory, also against Norfolk State, on April 6, 2014.
The Hornets began the run parade early in the game, scoring four runs in the bottom of the first inning on Devenney’s first collegiate grand slam off NSU starter Alex Mauricio. Kwestin Smith (walk), Evan Regez (reached on error) and Darnel Maisonet (walk) scored ahead of Devenney , who has taken over the team lead with 17 RBI. He was 2-for-3 at the plate to raise his season average to .300.
He also singled in two runs in the Hornets’ four-run second inning.
DSU opened up a 9-0 lead when Regez singled home a run in the third. He was 3-for-5 at the plate to improve his team-high batting average to .370.
The Hornets led 9-2 when Zielecki singled in a run in the fourth. Another run crossed the plate on a double play in the inning to give DSU a nine-run lead.
Delaware State led 11-2 when Gillis smacked the first pitch by Norfolk State reliever Jack Howell over the fence in left field for a three-run homer.
Zielecki’s grand slam highlighted Delaware State’s five-run sixth inning and closed out the scoring.
Delaware State starter Lane DeLeon (2-2) was the winning pitcher. He pitched six innings, allowing seven hits and three runs, while striking out seven.
The Hornets and Spartans will wrap up the series with a doubleheader on Sunday, beginning at noon at Soldier Field.