Salisbury, Md. (May 17, 2017) --- Evan Regez was 3-for-4 with three runs batted in to lead Delaware State to a 6-5 win over Maryland-Eastern Shore in a MEAC Tournament elimination game at Arthur W. Purdue Stadium Wednesday evening.
The Hornets, who dropped their tournament opener 12-2 to Florida A&M, remain alive in the double-elimination tourney.
DSU will face a still to be determined opponent on Thursday at 7 p.m.
In the UMES contest, the Hornets broke a 1-1 tie with five runs in the fourth inning. Regez smacked a three-run double for the big blow in the inning.
The Hawks made things interesting with four runs in the sixth to cut the Hornets' lead to one run.
Starter Sean McGrath (5-3) pitched 5.1 innings to earn the win. Travis Dill allowed an unearned run in 2.2 innings of relief to keep the Hawks at bay.
Hornet closer Darrien Ragins pitched a scoreless ninth inning, striking out one, to record his MEAC leading 10th save this season.
Kwestin Smith was 2-for-4 with two runs scored, while Tyler Collins had two hits and a run scored in four at bats for the DSU in the win.
In the Florida A&M contest, center fielder Willis McDaniel was 3-for-3 with a homerun, three RBI and four runs scored, while pitcher Andrew McCarthy had two hits and drove in four to lead the Rattlers. FAMU left fielder Dallas Oliver was 5-for-5 with four runs scored to extend his hitting streak to 19 games.
Florida A&M scored two batters into the game when Oliver led off the contest with a double and Garrett Wilkinson followed with a double off DSU starter Lane DeLeon to give the Rattlers a 1-0 lead.
DeLeon gave up a two-run homer to McDaniel in the third to stretch FAMU's lead to 3-0.
The Rattlers opened up a 5-0 advantage with runs two unearned runs on a two-out error by the Hornets in the fifth inning
Florida A&M led 8-0 before Delaware State got on the board.
Tommie Jordan singled in a run and Jaylen Zielecki drove in a run on a sac fly in the tournament opener for DSU.