Dover, Del. (Apr. 27, 2013) --- Delaware State combined for 28 runs in a doubleheader sweep of Howard at the Hornets’ Nest today. DSU won the first game 10-0 and completed the sweep with an 18-3 victory in the nightcap. Each game was called after Howard batted in the fifth inning due to the eight 10-run rule.

In the opener, Rachel Meagley and Stephanie Sarris combined on a one-hitter, while Jess Madrid, Ashley Bennett and Sandy Hawthorne drove in two runs each.

Meagley struck out seven without allowing a walk in four innings. She gave up Howard’s only hit, a single by Alasia Davis in the fifth.

Delaware State opened the game one scoring with six runs in the first inning. Hawthorne had a two-run single in the inning. The Hornets were also aided by four Howard errors and a hit batter with the bases loaded in the first.

Madrid led off the DSU fourth with her second home run of the season. The Hornets added three more runs in the inning, two crossing the plate on a double by Bennett. Jordan Stamps capped off the scoring with a run scoring single in the fourth.

In the nightcap, six players drove in at least two runs for the Hornets.

Delaware State answered Howard’s two-run first inning with four runs in the bottom of the inning. Bennett and Jen Fischbach each had two-run singles in the first.

The Hornets scored eight runs in the second inning to blow the game open. The big hits in the inning were two-run singles by Nicole Gazzolla and Sandy Hawthorne.

Delaware State led 12-3 before adding three runs in the third inning. Jordan Stamps singled in two runs to give the Hornets a 15-3 lead.     

DSU’s Kelsey Lewis had a pinch hit three-run triple in the fourth inning to close out the scoring.

Stephanie Sarris (9-9) threw a complete game to earn the win in the nightcap.

The Hornets improved to 9-5 in the MEAC North.

Delaware State and Howard will wrap up the series with a single game on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. in Dover.

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