May 2, 2014, Newark, Del. (ISN) – The longest contest in the 48-game Delaware State/Delaware baseball series ended in heartbreak for the Hornets. Tyler Dean singled in the winning run with one out in the bottom of the 13th inning to lift the Hens to a 9-8 win in a four-hour-10 minute marathon at UD’s Bob Hannah Stadium today.
Delaware State led 8-3 before Delaware scored four runs in the seventh and one in the eighth to tie the game.
The loss snapped a six-game win streak for the Hornets, who fell to 24-14 this season. Delaware won for the third time in four games to improve to 21-21.
The Hornets opened the scoring with a run in the top of the first inning. Cameron Onderko doubled to lead off the game and later scored when Mike Alexander grounded into a double play.
After the Hens answered with a run in the bottom of the first, Delaware State put two more on the board in the second to open up a 3-1 lead. Ron Farley singled and Hassan Evans was hit by a pitch to lead off the DSU second. Two batters later, Charles Dailey drew a walk to load the bases with one out. Onderko followed with a double to left center to score Dailey and DJ Miller. The Hornets reloaded the bases in the inning but failed to add to their run total.
Onderko was two-for-six with three RBI in the contest.
DSU opened up a 6-1 lead with three runs in the fourth. Dailey tripled to lead off the inning and scored on a sacrifice fly by Onderko. Cecil followed with his fourth home run of the season, a solo shot over the fence in left field, to give the Hornets a 5-1 lead. Two batters later, Alexander smacked his seventh home run of the season, a solo shot to left to stretch DSU lead to five.
Delaware responded with two runs in the bottom of the fourth on a two-run homer by Ryan Hartley to cut the Hornets’ lead to 6-3.
DSU regained a five-run lead with two more runs in the sixth. Aarron Nardone started the rally with a one-out double. Alexander was walked intentionally to put Hornets on second and first. After Eddie Sorondo reached base on fielder’s choice groundout, Ron Farley doubled to right center, scoring Nardone and Sorondo to give the Hornets an 8-3 lead.
Norm Donkin had a two-run triple and Jake Clark hit a solo homer to highlight Delaware’s four-run seventh.
The Hens tied the game at 8-8 on a run-scoring double by Ty Warrington with one out in the eighth.
Delaware scored the winning run when E.J. Stolzfus walked to lead off the 13th and later scored on Dean’s one out single to the left side of the infield.
DSU was scoreless in the last seven innings of the game.
Dailey was four-for-six to raise his season average to .361. Miller is now batting .432 after collecting three hits in six at bats in the game.
A total of 13 pitchers saw action in the game, including eight by the Hornets.
Hassan Evans, DSU’s seventh pitcher, was charged with the loss.
The contest was the longest for the Hornets since a 16-11 loss to North Carolina A&T in the 2013 MEAC Tournament in Norfolk, Va.
The Hornets will return to action this Saturday at home against Coppin State in a MEAC North doubleheader. Game one gets underway at 12 p.m. at Soldier Field. The series concludes with a single game on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Delaware State leads the MEAC North by three games with five league games remaining.
Photo courtesy of Rodney Adams Cameron Onderko