Dover, Del. (Apr. 7, 2017) --- The Delaware State baseball team will battle MEAC North leader Norfolk State in a three-game series this weekend at Soldier Field.
The series begins with a single game on Saturday beginning at 12:00 p.m. and wraps up a doubleheader on Sunday, also at noon.
Norfolk State has won six straight MEAC North games since dropping two of three to Delaware State on the opening weekend of division play Mar. 19-20 in Norfolk, Va.
The Spartans have taken control of the race with a 7-2 record, three games ahead of the Hornets and Coppin State, which are tied for second at 4-5.
Delaware State will visit Norfolk State once more this season on Apr. 29-30.
The first series between the teams this season featured three close games. The Hornets won the opener 5-4 on a four-run ninth inning rally. The Spartans took game two 3-1. DSU won the series with a 3-1 victory in the finale.
The Hornets head into the weekend on a three-game slide, combining for just five runs during the skid.
The recent slump has dropped DSU to seventh in the MEAC with a .250 team batting average. Norfolk State is sixth at .260.
This weekend’s series will also showcase the MEAC’s top two pitching staffs, based on earned run average.
Norfolk State has the league’s best ERA at 3.36, while the Hornets are second at 4.47. The Spartans also lead the league with a .246 opponent batting average.
Sophomore catcher/first baseman Evan Regez is tops on the Hornets and ninth in the MEAC with a .355 batting average. Regez is also tied for sixth in the league with a .462 on-base percentage.
The Hornets have just six home runs this season, one each by six players. Austin Bentley (jr.) is the team leader with 16 runs batted in. He’s also tied for fifth in the MEAC with eight doubles.
Outfielder Darnel Maisonet is second on the Hornets in hitting (.291) and RBI (13).
Delaware State’s No. 1 starter Lane DeLeon is 1-2 and ranks second in the MEAC with a 2.56 ERA. He threw six shutout innings, striking out a season high seven batters in his last outing, a 2-0 victory over Maryland-Eastern Shore.
Hornet closer Darrien Ragins (jr.) is tied for second in the MEAC with four saves.