Norfolk, Va. (Apr. 30, 2017) --- Delaware State rode the play of two freshmen to a 6-4 MEAC North win over Norfolk State in the series and season finale between the teams at Marty Miller Field today. The Hornets took two of three from the Spartans this weekend and claimed the season series five games to four.
The DSU win also prevented Norfolk State from clinching its third straight division title.
Starting pitcher Garrett Lawson threw seven solid innings and fellow freshman Tyler Collins smacked a two-run homer to lead the Hornets.
Lawson (5-4) earned the win after allowing five hits and two runs, while striking out seven in seven innings.
Collins, playing in his second game with the Hornets, hit a two-run blast in the eighth to give DSU a 6-2 lead.
Delaware State opened the scoring with two runs in the third inning. The first scored on a bases loaded walk to Ciaran Devenney and the second run crossed the plate on a wild pitch.
The Hornets led 2-1 when Jaylen Zielecki and Darnell Maisonet had run-scoring singles in the fifth to pull ahead by three.
Norfolk State scored two runs in the ninth inning to pull to within 6-4, and had the potential tying runs on base when Hornet closer Darrien Ragins retired Roger Hall on a pop out to short to end the game.
Delaware State (17-21; 12-9 MEAC) returns to action with a three-game series at home against Coppin State next weekend.
Norfolk State fell to 22-17 and 15-5.