Daytona, Fla. (May 16, 2019) --- Delaware State is proving to be a tough out in the 2019 MEAC Baseball Tournament. The Hornets are one of four teams still remaining in the tourney after a dramatic 5-4 walk-off victory over Savannah State in an elimination contest Thursday evening. First baseman Cole Carey singled in Miguel Rivera for the winning run with two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Hornets their second straight victory after dropping their tournament opener.
Delaware State trailed 4-3 entering the bottom of the ninth. After Savannah State starter Tyler Robinson retired the first two batters in the ninth, John Weglarz singled to keep the Hornets alive. Weglarz was two-for-five at the plate in the contest and nine-for-13 (.692) in the Hornets’ three tournament games.
Robinson, who threw 139 pitches as the lone hurler for the Tigers in the game, walked the next two batters, Rivera and Jared Gills, to load the bases. The next batter, Darnell Maisonet, also drew a walk on a 3-2 pitch by Robinson to force in the tying run. Garey followed with a single up the middle to bring home the winning run and set off a joyous celebration by the Hornets and eliminate the Tigers from the tournament.
Freshman Jeremy Carrow (4-4) threw 3.1 shutout innings of hitless relief to earn the win for the Hornets. Carrow struck out four of the 11 batters he faced while walking one.
Delaware State opened the scoring with a run in the bottom of the first inning. Weglarz tripled off Robinson with one out and scored on a single by Rivera for the game’s first run. Rivera is four-for-12 (.333) with two home runs, a triple and six RBI in the Hornets’ three tourney games.
Savannah State scored two runs off DSU starter Sean McGrath in the top of the second inning to grab a 2-1 lead. McGrath threw 5.2 innings, allowing eight hits and four runs, while striking out six and walking three.
Delaware State regained the lead with two runs in the bottom of the fifth.
Catcher Adrian Hill singled to lead off the inning. The next batter, Tommy Jordan, reached base on a throwing error, allowing Hill to round the bases to tie the score at 2-2. Gillis delivered a two-out single to left to score Jordan and put DSU in front 3-2.
Savannah State responded with two runs off McGrath in the top of the sixth to regain the lead 4-3.
Weglarz has raised his season average to .346 with his tournament performance.
Delaware State outhit the Tigers 10-8 in the contest.
The Hornets will play their third straight elimination game on Fri. (May 17) at 3:30 p.m. against Florida A&M. DSU is seeking revenge against the Rattlers after a 13-3 loss to open the tournament on Wednesday.
The winner will face either Norfolk State or North Carolina A&T on Fri. at 7 p.m. for the chance to advance to Saturday’s championship round.