Baseball Recap: March 29

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Courtesy Associated Press

(ISN) – Dover, Del. — A 14-strikeout performance by Delaware State freshman Lane DeLeon was spoiled by two UMES homers in the Hawks 4-2 victory over the Hornets at Soldier Field today.

DeLeon’s 14 strikeouts were the most by a Hornet since Eric Gass fanned 14 in the 1989 MEAC championship game. DeLeon has struck out 26 batters in his last two outings (14.2 innings).

He struck out the side in the second inning, and fanned two in the first, third, fifth, seventh and eighth innings. DeLeon was relieved after giving up a leadoff double in the ninth.

Charles Dailey had two of the Hornets’ five hits and scored both DSU runs. He’s second on the team with a .370 average this season.

The teams will wrap up the series with a doubleheader on Monday. Game one begins at noon at Soldier Field.

Five Run Seventh Inning Completes Sweep of Aggies in Rattlers 8-3 Win

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida A&M (11-15, 7-5 MEAC) scored five runs in the seventh inning on its way to an 8-3 win over North Carolina A&T (3-21, 1-10 MEAC) at Moore-Kittles Field on Sunday. Rattler reliever Kendal Weeks (3-2) recorded a career-high six strikeouts while pitching the final five scoreless innings with two hits and one walk for the win. AJ Elkins, Ryan Kennedy, Jeremy Barlow and Peter Jackson each had two hits on the day for FAMU.

FAMU broke open the game for a final score of 8-3 with five runs in the seventh inning. AJ Elkins and Ryan Kennedy each had RBI singles in the inning while Marlon Gibbs added a sac fly.

The Rattlers will next face Jacksonville on Tuesday, March 31 at Moore-Kittles Field. First pitch is scheduled for 5:00 PM.

B-CU Baseball Goes Wild in Rally Win

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Bethune-Cookman scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning Sunday to complete a 3-2 come-from-behind win over Savannah State inside Radiology Associates Field at Jackie Robinson Ballpark. With the win, the Wildcats complete a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference series sweep of the Tigers in the first-of-two series showdowns between the MEAC Southern Division’s top two teams.

With both teams unable to manufacture runs, starting pitchers Tyler Norris (Bethune-Cookman) and Zach McCormack (Savannah State) went head-to-head in a true pitcher’s duel for much of Sunday’s contest.

The B-CU offense was sparked by Jordan Robinson with three hits, including the game-tying RBI triple, and scoring the game-winning run. Austin Garcia also had a multi-hit day, going 2-for-4 at the plate.

Bethune-Cookman has now won seven consecutive MEAC games, and will look to keep its current three-game winning streak intact when traveling to Miami to face FIU on Tuesday, March 31, at 6 p.m. The Cats will stay in Dade County the following day, taking on the Miami Hurricanes on Wednesday, April 1, at 6 p.m.

Late Inning Drama as Wofford Escapes Eagles, 6-4

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – For the second consecutive game, North Carolina Central University was able to bring the tying run to the plate in the ninth, this time he was stranded on first as Wofford swept the three-game weekend series from Eagles with a 6-4 win on Sunday.

The Terriers were victim to a two home run fifth inning during game two of the series, and posted one of their own in this game in similar fashion, as Alec Paradowski crushed one to right field. Ramsay and Plaisted followed with back-to-back hits; however, Ramsay was thrown out at home on Plaisted’s double. Plaisted touched home on a wild pitch, before Kody Ruedisli cleared the bases on a two-run shot to make the score 6-1.

Of note for the Eagles, junior catcher James Dey recorded two assists behind the plate as he cut down two Terriers on attempted steals.

NCCU will look to rebound Wednesday as Virginia State comes to town for a doubleheader with first pitch set for 4:00 p.m. Admission to Durham Athletic Park is free.

Bruno’s Walk-Off Gives NSU Sweep of Coppin State

NORFOLK, Va. – Mikey Bruno hit a one-out walk-off RBI double in the bottom of the 11th inning to help Norfolk State rally for a 6-5 win in the nightcap of Sunday’s doubleheader with Coppin State, finishing a weekend sweep of the Eagles at Marty L. Miller Field.

NSU (9-10 overall, 6-3 MEAC North) won Sunday’s game one, 10-2, by pounding out a season-high 17 hits against the Eagles (1-19, 0-9).

Shortstop Roger Hall had seven hits on Sunday. He had a career-high four in the opener and three, including the game-tying RBI single in the bottom of the ninth, in the nightcap.

In game two, starting pitchers Anderson Burgess (CSU) and Stephen Butt (NSU) matched each other through five scoreless innings before a wild sixth inning ensued. CSU took advantage of three NSU errors and two hits, including a two-run single by Alenjandro Hernandez, to score four runs.

NSU answered quickly with three in the bottom of the sixth. The Spartans got three straight hits to start the
The Spartans host Delaware State for a three-game MEAC series next Friday and Saturday.

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