Delaware State Hornets Rally Past Minutemen For Series Win




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Dover, Del. – Delaware State scored five runs in the eighth inning to rally past Massachusetts 6-3 at Soldier Field today. The Hornets won two of the three games in the weekend series against the Minutemen to improve to 2-4 this season. UMass fell to 1-2.
The Hornets trailed 3-1 before the eighth inning rally.

Tommy Jordan (sr.) walked to lead off the inning and advanced to second on a single by John Weglarz (jr.), and to third on a UMass error. After a pitching change by the Minutemen, Hornet designated hitter Miguel Rivera (sr.) doubled down the right field line, scoring Jordan to cut the deficit to 3-2 and chasing Weglarz to third.

There was still none out when Jared Gillis (sr.) singled to right field, chasing home Weglarz and Rivera to give the Hornets a 4-3 lead.

Delaware State added two insurance runs later in the inning on a fielder’s choice by Arthur Burrell and two-out single by Alex Vasquez.

In the UMass ninth, Hornet reliever Chandler Fitzgerald (jr.) walked two of the first three batters he faced to put runners on second and first with one out, and bring the potential tying run to the plate. The next batter, Conner Smith, singled to center to load the bases with one out. Fitzgerald got out of the jam  when UMass designated hitter Dylan Judd hit a ground ball to second baseman John Weglarz, who started the second-to-short-to-first double-play to end the game.

UMass scored first with an unearned run off Hornet starter Dylan Byler (fr.) in the top of the third inning. The Minutemen added two more unearned runs in the firth to open up a 3-0 lead.
Byler went five innings in game, allowing five hits and the three unearned runs, while striking out three and walking one in his second collegiate start.

The Hornets scored their first run of the game in the bottom of the fifth. Trey Paige (fr.) doubled to lead off the inning and later scored on a UMass error.
Delaware State’s Austin Warrington (so.) pitched 1.1 innings of scoreless relief to earn the win (1-0).

UMass reliever Jack Pawloski (0-1) allowed three hits and three runs in the eighth inning to take the loss.

Rivera, a Preseason All-MEAC First Team selection, was 2-for-4 at the plate today to give him three hits,  including a home run and double, and three RBI in eight at bats in the three-game weekend series.

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