Hampton, Va. (Mar. 3, 2019) --- St. Peter’s broke a 4-4 tie with two runs in the fifth inning and held on for a 6-5 victory over Delaware State in the Hampton University Pirate Invitational on Sunday.
The Hornets also fell to North Carolina Central 7-2 today to post a 1-4 record in the three-day tournament.
St. Peter’s avenged a 6-5 tournament loss to Delaware State on Saturday.
In Sunday’s rematch, Delaware State jumped out in front when Jasmine Melgoza homered to lead off the game. The homer was her first of the season and second of the year for the Hornets.
St. Peter’s answered with two runs in the bottom of the first off DSU starter Brianna Baker to take a 2-1 lead.
The Hornets regained the lead with three runs in the third inning. Melgoza was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and scored on a single by Jordan Casey to tie the score. DSU opened up a 3-2 lead on a steal of home by Jonah Cunnigan and pulled ahead 4-2 on a two-out double by Jaelyn Baker.
St. Peter’s responded with two runs in the bottom of the third to tie the game at 4-4.
The Peahens put two more on the board in the fifth to lead 6-4.
Delaware State scored a run in the top of the seventh inning to pull to within one. Cunnigan walked to lead the inning and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Casey. After Cunnigan stole third, she scored on a groundout by Vanessa Barron to cut St. Peter’s lead to 6-5. St. Peter’s retired Baker on a grounder to second to end the game.
Cunnigan and Baker had two hits each to lead the Hornets.
In the North Carolina Central contest, the Eagles scored five runs in the first inning and two in the second to open up a 7-0 lead.
Dalika Wallace was two-for-three with five runs batted in for the Eagles, including a three-run homer in the bottom of the first inning. She singled in two more runs in the second.
Delaware State scored a run in the fourth on a single by Alexis Roberson and one in the sixth on a NCCU error.
Cunnigan was three-for-three in the contest and five-for-six in DSU’s two Sunday games. She was eight-for-14 in the five-game tournament (.571) to raise her season average to .394.
Melgoza was one-for-three vs. North Carolina Central and 10-for-17 in the tourney (.588) and is now hitting .472 for the season.