Dover, Del. (May 2, 2019) --- The Delaware State baseball team will have a say in who wins the 2019 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Northern Division race in this final weekend of league play. The Hornets will square off against North leader Coppin State in a three-game series at Soldier Field to close out division play this season.
The forecast for inclement weather on Saturday has forced a change in the schedule for the weekend series. The Hornets and Eagles are now scheduled to play a doubleheader on Friday beginning at 12:00 p.m. Weather permitting, the teams will wrap up the series with a single game on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. The Hornets will honor their 2019 senior players prior to the series finale.
Coppin State leads the MEAC North with a 15-6 league record, one game ahead of Norfolk State which stands at 14-7.
Delaware State is locked into third place in the standings with a 9-12 division record. Norfolk State closes out its league schedule against Maryland-Eastern Shore, which is 4-17 in league play.
The top three teams in the division qualify for the conference tournament in Daytona Beach, Fla., later this month.
This will be the third series between the Hornets and Eagles this season. Coppin State holds a 4-2 lead in the season series. DSU has won the two series openers, but the Eagles have bounced back to win games two and three in the two previous match-ups.
Hornet ace Garrett Lawson is expected to get the ball to start Friday’s series opener. Lawson is 2-0 vs. Coppin State this season, including a 10-0 victory the last time he faced the Eagles on Apr. 12 in Hanover, Md. He struck out a career-high 14 hitters and allowed just two singles in seven innings in the contest.
A three-time MEAC Pitcher-of-the-Week, Lawson has 23 strikeouts, while allowing just one run and nine hits, in 15 innings vs. Coppin State this season.
Offensively, third baseman Jared Gillis has been the Hornets’ most productive hitter against the Eagles, tallying 11 hits in 26 at bats (.423), with four doubles, a triple and 11 RBI in six games this season.