Dover, DE - Senior Ryan Haas was 3-for-5 with two home runs and four RBI to lead Delaware State to an 11-5 win over UMES in the series finale at Soldier Field today.
The two homer game was the first for Haas, the reigning MEAC Player-of-the-Year. It was also the first multi-homer game by a DSU player since Cameron Cecil hit two vs. Hartford on Mar. 9. 2011.
The Hornets swept the series to improve to 32-13 overall. The contest was also the final MEAC regular season game for DSU, the league's North Division champion with a 21-3 mark.
Second baseman Chris Rivera (fr.) was 4-for-5 with a RBI in the first start of his career. Shortstop Cameron Onderko (fr.) had three hits and a RBI in five at bats.
The score was 5-5 before the Hornets scored six runs in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Delaware State scored first with a run in the second inning. Aaron Nardone singled to lead off the inning and later scored on Onderko's two-out single to give the Hornets a 1-0 lead.
DSU opened up a 3-0 lead when Haas hit his first homer of the game, a two-run shot to right center in the third. It was his first homer of the season.
UMES, held without a hit in the first five innings by DSU starter Elliott Gardner, fought back with four unanswered runs to take the lead. The Hawks scored a run without benefit of a hit in the fourth to pull to within 3-1. They added two runs on four hits in the sixth to tie the game; and scored a run in the seventh to open up a 4-3 lead.
Delaware State responded with two in the last of the seventh to regain the lead. J.P. Frey singled with one out and Haas followed with his second homer of the game and season to give the Hornets a 5-4 lead.
UMES answered with a run in the top of the eighth to make it a 5-5 game.
DSU regained the lead for good with six runs on seven hits in the bottom of the eighth. The Hornets were also aided by three UMES errors in the inning. Nick Arrue and Rivera had run-scoring singles in the inning, while Peter Broehl collected a RBI on a bases loaded walk. Delaware State scored two runs on outfield throwing errors and Mike Alexander crossed the plate on a wild throw on an attempted steal.
The Hornets outhit the Hawks 16-7 in the contest.
DSU reliever Derek Marshallsea (3-3) pitched 2/3 of an inning to earn the win. He struck out both batters that he faced.
The Hornets will return to action on Tuesday at Towson.