Dover, Del. (Apr. 22, 2017) --- Lane DeLeon threw seven solid innings and Darrien Ragins recorded his seventh save to lead Delaware State to a 3-2 MEAC North win over Maryland-Eastern Shore in the opener of the a three-game series at Soldier Field today.
The Hornets won their third straight division game to improve to 13-19 overall and 8-8 in league play.
Freshman Jared Gillis had two hits and a run batted in, while Evan Regez was 2-for-4 with a run scored to lead the DSU offense.
DeLeon (2-3) allowed just three hits and one run, while striking out seven in seven innings of work. He was relieved by Terry Godfrey in the top of the eighth inning.
The Hornets scored first in the second inning. Gillis doubled to lead off the inning and later scored on a wild pitch by MDES starter Wesley Martin to give DSU a 1-0 lead.
The Hawks tied the game when Joey Nicastro singled in a run off DeLeon with two outs in the top of the sixth inning.
Delaware State regained the lead with two runs in the bottom of the sixth. Gillis singled in the first run of the inning and the second scored on a throwing error by the Hawks on the play to give the Hornets a 3-1 edge.
MDES pulled to within 3-2 with a run on a two-out double by Isaiah Chambers off Godfrey in the top of the eighth inning.
The Hornets still led by a run when Ragins entered the game in the top of the ninth.
Ragins retired the first batter he faced on a pop up, but the next batter Tyler Friis reached base on a strikeout-passed ball. After Friis was balked to second, Ragins struck out Jordan Martin swinging for the second out. Jamison Trower followed with a single to put MDES runners on third and first. Ragins then retired Ryan Rotondo on a liner to second baseman Kwestin Smith to end the game.
The Hornets and Hawks will wrap up the series with a doubleheader on Sunday beginning at noon.