The Delaware State University baseball team opened their season on a good note as the team defeated the Citadel University Bulldogs 3-1 on Friday at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park.
The offense came late in this game as the first run was not scored until the the top of the seventh inning by Delaware State.
The RBIs in the game for the Hornets came from junior shortstop Tommy Jordan (1) and sophomore DH Tripp Kimmell (1).
The runs in the game for Delaware State came from redshirt junior second baseman Brandon Bly (1), redshirt sophomore right fielder Mark Herron (1) and Kimmell (1).
There were 10 hits in the game for the Hornets in the win and they came from Jordan (3), sophomore infielder John Weglarz (1), senior center fielder Darnell Maisonet (1), sophomore first baseman Miguel Rivera, Herron (1), senior catcher Adrian Hill (1), senior left fielder Todd Henry (1) and Kimmell (1).
On the pitching side, junior pitcher Garrett Lawson was dominant for DSU in the win as he went 6.2 innings, one run, one earned run, four hits, six strikeouts and earned the win.
DSU’s freshman pitcher Jeremy Carrow came in for relief of Lawson and he went 2.1 innings, three hits and earned the save in the game.
Pitching Dominates For Six Innings But DSU Scores In the Seventh
This game was dominated by pitching for six innings as neither team’s lineup could get anything going.
DSU’s starting pitcher Garrett Lawson was dominant for his first start of the season as he went 6.2 innings, one run, one earned run, four hits, six strikeouts and earned the win.
It was at the top of the seventh where the silence of the scoreboard would end as Delaware State would put up three runs in the inning.
It started when Miguel Rivera started off the inning with a single to right field ( Brandon Bly would come in to pinch run for Rivera) and Mark Herron would get on base by a fielders choice.
Then after a couple of Delaware State batters struck out, Tripp Kimmell came up to bat and hit a single to left field which scored Bly to give DSU a 1-0 lead.
Tommy Jordan would continue the scoring for the Hornets as he hit a single to center field which scored Herron to increased DSU’s lead to 2-0.
After a pitching change for Citadel, John Weglarz came up to bat and he reached a base on a dropped fly ball which allowed Kimmell to score.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, the Citadel bats woke up too as the team scored the only blemish on Garrett Lawson day with one run.
The run came from Citadel’s Ben Peden who singled to second base which scored his teammate Jeffery Brown to decrease Hornets lead to 3-1.
Jeremy Carrow came into the game to relieve DSU’s Lawson after Citadel’s one run and his day went 2.1 innings, three hits and earned the save in the game.
Carrow would shutdown the Bulldogs lineup for the rest of the way as he earned the save in the Hornets 3-1 win.
The Hornets continue the three game series with the Bulldogs on February 16th at 2:00pm ET in Charleston, South Carolina.