Local college roundup: Blue Hens edge Hornets 3-1 in 13 innings

Blue Hen pitcher and Dover High product Nick Spadafino allowed only five hits and struck out five in seven innings. (UD sports information photo)

DOVER — It took 13 innings but Delaware finally found its way past Delaware State on Tuesday afternoon.

The Blue Hens scored twice in the top of the 13th to edge the Hornets, 3-1, in a matchup of the state’s two Division I baseball programs at chilly Soldier Field.

Led by senior starter Nick Spadafino (Dover High), who allowed only five hits and struck out five in seven innings, the Blue Hens (21-17) surrendered just one third-inning run.

In the 13th, Delaware broke the 1-1 tie when Erik Bowren singled with one out and later scored on a Kyle Baker triple. The Hens added an insurance run on a single from Diaz Nardo (Cape Henlopen).

“We don’t win the game today without the efforts that we received on the mound this afternoon,” said UD coach Jim Sherman. “We got a great start out of Spadafino, which was great to see because he’s been really battling these last few weeks. His performance today was a big shot in the arm for us.”

Also for the Hens, junior Clay Conaway (Sussex Central) pitched 2.2 innings, allowing just three hits. Conaway stranded a pair of runners on base in the ninth inning.

Lefty Colman Vila pitched the final three-plus innings to earn the victory.

The game was the longest of the season for Delaware, which went 4-0 against the Hornets this season. Jordan Hutchins (Dover) recorded a base hit for the sixth consecutive game.

DSU’s Maisonet honored: Delaware State’s Darnell Maisonet was named the MEAC Co-Pitcher of the Week for his six-hit shutout in the Hornets 3-0 victory Maryland-Eastern Shore on Sunday.

The Hornet lefty struck out 11 batters, one shy of his career best set earlier this season. Maisonet is 2-2 with a team-best 2.65 earned run average — which would be tops in the MEAC if he had the required number of innings pitched to qualify.

He is also second on the Hornets with 39 strikeouts in 34 innings pitched for a team-best average of 1.14 per inning.

As a hitter, Maisonet leads the Hornets with a .327 batting average and five home runs despite missing eight games due to injury.

Wesley’s Seibert wins award: Wesley College senior infielder Chris Seibert was named Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Division III South Player of the Week.

Seibert went 13-for-19 (.684) with two home runs, 12 RBI, six runs scored and three doubles last week to win the award for the third time. He stretched his on-base streak to 15 straight games.

Seibert leads the Capital Athletic Conference in batting average (.468) and on-base percentage (.551). He has tallied eight home runs, 39 RBI, 30 runs scored and 12 doubles.

College track & field

Hornet women shine at meet: The Delaware State women’s track & field team posted several top finishes at the New Captains Classic in Newport News, Va. over the weekend.

Tikki Wise finished second in the 200 meters with a time of 25.42 seconds while Tyra Coach (26.90 seconds), and Cydney Davis (26.96 seconds) rounded out the top 10.

Cydney Davis finished third in the 400 meters (1:00.05), Leah White placed fifth (1:00.79) and Janae Pitt finished in eighth (1:01.21). Pitt also finished fourth in the 100-meter hurdles (15.56 seconds).

Mone’t Peterson grabbed second place in the 800 meters (2:19.22) and Sylvia Okafor finished seventh (2:26.62).

Katarzyna finished first in the 3000 meters (10:40.45). Rosikon’s time qualifies her for the MEAC Championships.

Jashella Jenkins, Faleesha Dowe, Loren Harris, and Tikki Wise took second place in the 4 x 100 relay with a season’s best time of 47.39 seconds. Their performance qualified them for the ICAC/ECAC Championships.

Tiajah Robinson placed in first place with a mark of 1.52 meters in the high jump. Amber Conyers finished third in the high jump (5.31 meters) and Loren Harris finished fourth (5.29 meters).

Conyers finished second in the triple jump (11.29 meters), while Harris took fourth again (10.62 meters). Jashella Jenkins placed fifth (10.50 meters).

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