Dover, Del. (Apr. 23, 2017) --- Delaware State solidified its hold on second place in the MEAC North with a doubleheader sweep of Maryland-Eastern Shore today. The Hornets won the opener 7-4 and completed the sweep with a 9-0 victory in game two.
DSU swept the three-game series with the Hawks to improve to 15-19 over and 10-8 in the MEAC North. The Hornets are 4 ½ games behind first place Norfolk State, but hold a 3 ½ game lead over third place Coppin State in the division standings.
Delaware State has six league games remaining on its schedule.
In Sunday’s opener, Kwestin Smith was 3-for-5 with two runs batted in to lead the Hornets.
The game was scoreless until MDES broke through with a run in the top of the fifth inning.
Delaware State answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning. Smith doubled in the first run of the inning to tie the game. Jared Gillis singled in a run and the other fifth inning run crossed the plate on a ground out by Ciaran Devenney.
The Hornets led 4-2 before tacking on two more runs in the seventh. The big blow in the inning was a one-our RBI double by Jaylen Zielecki.
Smith singled in his second run of the game in the eighth to give the Hornets a 7-2 lead.
Freshman Garrett Lawson (4-4) was the winning pitcher for Delaware State in the opener.
In the seven inning nightcap, three pitchers combined on the shutout and Austin Bentley smacked a three-run homer to highlight the Hornets’ 11-hit attack.
Delaware State opened the scoring on a two-out single by Gillis to score Smith in the bottom of the first inning.
Bentley smacked his home run in the fourth inning to give the Hornets a 4-0 lead. The homer was his second of the season and raised his RBI total to 23, second best on the team.
DSU blew the game open with five runs in the sixth inning. Evan Regez, Todd Henry and Tommy Jordan had run-scoring singles in the inning.
Smith was 2-for-2 with two runs scored in the nightcap to go 5-for-7 in the twin bill and raise his season average to .286.
Sean McGrath (3-3) pitched the first five innings to earn the game two win for the Hornets.
Delaware State returns to action on Tuesday at home against Delaware. The start time is schedule for 3 p.m. at Soldier Field.
DSU returns to MEAC next weekend at Norfolk State.