Delaware State Sports Information
Starter Garrett Lawson threw 6.2 solid innings and freshman Jeremy tossed 2.1 innings of scoreless relief to lead Delaware State to a 3-1 victory over The Citadel in the Hornets’ 2019 opener at Riley Field this afternoon.
DSU scored first with three runs in the top of the seventh inning, highlighted by run-scoring hits by shortstop Tommy Jordan and designated hitter Tripp Kimmell.
Lawson, who was limited to just five games due to injury in 2018, allowed just two singles in the first six innings. The Hornets ahead 3-1 when he was relieved by Carrow after being touched for two hits and a run in the seventh. Carrow allowed a single to the first batter he faced to put Citadel runners on second and first with two outs, but recorded the third out on pop up to end the threat.
The Bulldogs put a runner on base in the eighth and ninth innings off Carrow, but were unable to score.
Lawson allowed just four singles, while striking out six without a walk to earn the win. He is 2-0 in his career vs. The Citadel. He also defeated the Bulldogs as a freshman in 2017.
Carrow allowed three hits, but also did not walk a batter.
“We were hoping to get five, maybe six innings out of Garrett and he delivered in a big way,” said Delaware State head coach J.P. Blandin. “He was really in command with great location throughout the game. Jeremey was extremely poised for a guy pitching his first college game. We couldn’t ask for more from our pitchers today. A good win to start the season.”
The game was scoreless until the DSU seventh. First baseman Miguel Rivera singled to lead off the inning. The next batter, right fielder Mark Herron, reached base on a fielder’s choice, with pinch runner Brandon Bly advancing to second on the play. After the next two batters went down on strikes, the Hornets still had runners at second and first with two outs when Kimmell singled through the left side to send home Bly with the first run of the game. Jordan followed with a single to center, scoring Herron from second to give DSU a 2-0 lead. The Hornets scored their third run of the inning on a dropped fly ball off the bat of John Weglarz.
The Hornets outhit the Bulldogs 10-6. Jordan led the way with three hits in five at bats.
“We had some scoring opportunities early in the game, but the pitchers kept The Citadel at bay until we picked some clutch hits in the seventh,” said Blandin.
The Hornets also did not commit an error in the contest.
The teams will play game two of their three-game series on Saturday. Start time is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Senior righty Sean McGrath is the scheduled starter for the Hornets.