Local College Notebook: Hornets face Norfolk with MEAC title on line

It hasn’t been the best of seasons for the Delaware State baseball team.

But the Hornets still have a shot at a title going into this weekend’s showdown with Norfolk State.

The Spartans lead the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Northern Division with a 13-4 record. DelState is 10-6.

The two teams play a pair of doubleheaders in Norfolk this week, starting at noon today and at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

The Hornets (10-30 overall) are 3-2 against the Spartans this season. They’ve won five of their last six MEAC matchups to stay in contention for the division crown.

DSU has captured the North title in three of the last four seasons.

The Hornets have scuffled offensively this spring, hitting .234 as a team overall. But that average is .270 in MEAC games.

Todd Henry, a freshman utlity player, is batting a team-high .361 in MEAC contests and has scored a team-best 24 runs.

Holden to South Carolina

Former Delaware basketball standout Kory Holden announced this week that he’s transferring to South Carolina.

The sophomore guard was considered one of the top transfers in the country this spring.

Holden told The State that Gamecocks coach Frank Martin really sold him on the program.

“Coach Martin has made it clear to me I will have responsibility on and off the ball,” Holden told the South Carolina newspaper. “He expects me to be a leader and have a major role. My goal is the same as when I first picked up a basketball: play in the NBA.”

The 6-foot-2 Holden, from Salisbury, Md.’s J.M. Bennett High, will have two seasons of eligibility remaining. He’ll have to sit out next season, though, after transferring.

At South Carolina, Holden will be reunited with high school friend Canaan Cropper, who is a baseball player for the Gamecocks.

This past season, Holden was a second-team All-Colonial Athletic Association selection for the Blue Hens. Kansas, Baylor, Seton Hall and Virginia Tech were also said to be interested in him.

Holden’s depature is believed to have played a role in the firing of Delaware coach Monte’ Ross, who was let go a few days after the youngster announced his decision to transfer.

Two from Henlopen honored

Two Henlopen Conference products and current Wilmington University players were honored on the All-Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference softball team.

Delmar High grad Danielle Brady made the CACC first team for the second year in a row while Lake Forest grad Colby Wyatt moved up to the first team after earning second-team honors a season ago.

Brady, a pitcher/outfielder for the Wildcats, finished fourth in the CACC with a 1.79 ERA. At the plate, she is a .295 hitter, collecting 26 hits in 122 at-bats. She is third in the CACC with 13 stolen bases while knocking in 16 runs and scoring 14 more.

Wyatt finished third on the team with a .319 batting average, collecting a team-high 45 hits in 141 at-bats. She also led the team with 25 RBI and tied for the team lead with 10 doubles on the season. She is second with four home runs, slugging .504 on the season.

Wyatt’s 10 doubles rank seventh in the CACC while she is 12th in the conference in RBI.

Notes

•Bowler Stephanie Sheridan and men’s basketball player Devin Morgan were named Delaware’s State’s Women’s and Men’s Student-Athletes of the Year at the school’s awards banquets this week.

•Former Caesar Rodney High standout Kevin Sheahan has started in nine of 10 games as a freshman on the Delaware men’s lacrosse team. He had caused 10 turnovers and picked up six groundballs going into Friday night’s game with Fairfield.

•Polytech High grad Shaina Reed is still putting up good pitching stats for the Florida State-Jacksonville softball team. The freshman is 18-3, with two saves, a 1.93 ERA and 154 strikeouts in 163.1 innings. Reed is also batting .312 with 15 runs scored.

The other former Panther on Florida State-Jacksonville roster, freshman outfielder Kailey Perry, is hitting .394 with 38 runs scored and 11 stolen bases.

•Dover High grad Dakota Graham is batting .273 with 12 starts as a freshman for the Eastern Kentucky baseball squad.

•Apparently it’s not just the riders who earn awards in college equestrian.

Delaware State’s Calvin, a 12-year-old Western quarter horse, was named one of the top horses in the country by the National Collegiate Equestrian Association.

Hornet All-American Brooke Moore (Smyrna) was named Most Outstanding Horsemanship Performer after riding Calvin to victory against nationally-ranked South Carolina this season. Moore also rode the horse to a win over Georgia.

Reach sports editor Andy Walter at walter@newszap.com

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