Delaware State Sports Information
Daytona Beach, Fla. – Florida A&M collected 14 hits and benefitted from four Delaware State errors in a 13-3 win over the Hornets in a MEAC Tournament opening round game at Jackie Robinson Stadium today.
Jared Weber had three hits and two runs batted in, while Bret Maxwell, Wil McDaniel and Octavio Moyer also drove in three runs to lead the Rattlers.
Delaware State had nine hits in contest. The Hornets’ 1-2 hitters, Tommy Jordan and John Weglarz, were a combined five-for-six at the plate.
Delaware State opened the scoring with a run in the top of the first inning. Jordan singled to lead off the game, and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Weglarz. There were two outs when Jared Gillis singled to center to drive home Jordan with the first run of the game.
After failing to score in the bottom of the first, Florida A&M struck back with four runs on three hits in the second off Delaware State starter and MEAC Pitcher-of-the-Year Garrett Lawson . The Rattlers also took advantage of two Hornet errors in the inning.
Weber had a two-run single, while the Rattlers also scored a run on a Hornet error.
Florida A&M tacked on a run in the third on a two-out double by Moyer to open up a 5-1 lead.
The Rattlers scored two more runs in the fourth, one earned, off DSU reliever Austin Warrington to lead 7-1.
The Hornets scored two runs after two were out in the fifth to pull closer. Jordan singled with two down and Weglarz followed with a bunt single to put runners at second and first. Miguel Rivera tripled to drive home Jordan and Weglarz to cut the Rattlers lead to 7-3.
Florida A&M scored a run in the sixth and five in the eighth to end the game. The game was called when McDaniel singled in a run to give the Rattlers a 10-run lead.
Lawson (7-4) was tagged with the loss for the Hornets. He allowed five hits and five runs, although just earned, while striking out three and walking four in three innings.
Weglarz was three-for-three at the plate to raise his season average to .331.