Hampton, Va. (Mar. 2, 2019) ---Delaware State trailed 4-0 before rallying past St. Peter’s 6-5 on day two of the Hampton University Pirate Invitational today.
The Peahens scored a run in the first inning and three in the second before DSU came to bat in the top of the third.
The Hornets scored two runs in the third to get back into the game. Melgoza started the rally with a two-out single. Jonah Cunnigan followed with a bunt single and each runner advanced a base on a wild pitch. Casey followed with a single to center, scoring Melgoza and Cunnigan to cut St. Peter’s lead to 4-2.
After the Peahens scored a run in their half of the third to open up a 5-2 lead, Delaware State catcher Jaelyn Baker smacked her first career home run to again pull the Hornets to within two.
The score was still 5-3 when the Hornets scored three runs in the fifth to take the lead. Melgoza started the rally with a one-out single. She was at second base with one out when Cunnigan reached on an error. Melgoza scored on the play, pulling the Hornets to within 5-4. Casey followed with a double to right, with Cunnigan crossing the plate to tie the score. Casey scored the go-ahead run on a one-out double by Vanessa Barron.
Reliever Alexis Goldsby (1-3) pitched four scoreless innings, allowing just one hit, to earn the win for the Hornets.
Melgoza is 11-for-15 in the last four games, including eight-for-11 in three Pirate Invitational games, to improve her season average to .500 (15-for-30).
Casey is batting .333 on the season with a team-high seven runs batted in.
Delaware State will close out the Pirate Invitational with games against St. Peter’s and North Carolina Central on Sunday.