Ormond Beach, Fla. (May 9, 2018) ---  Alexis Day was 4-for-4 with three runs batted in and Toni Anderson had three hits and three RBI in four at bats to lead defending champ Florida A&M to an 8-4 victory over Delaware State in the opening round of the 2018 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament this afternoon.

The Hornets will try to stay alive in the tournament when they take on North Carolina Central in an elimination game on Thurs. (May 10) at noon.

Desiree Moreno and Khaliyah Flournory had two hits each to lead Delaware State’s eight hit attack.

Florida A&M opened the scoring with three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Anderson singled in two runs and Day doubled in a run to account for the Rattlers’ first inning scoring.

The Hornets answered with two runs in the top of the second inning. Vanessa Washington walked to lead off the inning and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Jasmine Melgoza. Micaela Cummings walked to give the Hornets runners at second and first with one out. There were two outs when Washington and Cummings scored on a Florida A&M error to cut the Rattlers’ lead to 3-2.

DSU (12-35) tied the game in the top of the third. Moreno led off the inning with an infield single. She was at third and Washington on first with one out when the two pulled off a double steal, with Moreno scoring on the play.

Florida A&M responded with two runs in the bottom of the third to regain the lead. Day tripled in the first run of the inning to give the Rattlers a 4-3 lead and scored the second run on a base by Yuri Hampton.

Anderson singled in her third run of the game in Florida A&M’s two-run fourth to stretch the Rattlers’ lead to 7-3.

The Hornets pulled to within 7-4 on a two-out single by Jordan Casey in the sixth.

Florida A&M (21-17) closed out the scoring on Day’s third RBI of the game on a one-out single in the seventh.

Veroni Burse (6-17) pitched a complete game to earn the win for the Rattlers. She allowed eight hits and four runs, two earned, while striking out two and walking five.

Hannah Shields (6-14) suffered the loss for Delaware State.

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