Local roundup: Freshman Mendoza’s slam lifts Blue Hen softball team by UMBC

Delaware freshman Brittney Mendoza belted a grand slam as the Blue Hens’ softball team posted a 6-3 victory over UMBC on Sunday afternoon.

The Hens (2-1) took the lead in the top of the second inning when Hanna Garber delivered a two-out, bases-loaded single to drive home Karolina Flores. Delaware then took control by scoring five times in the top of the third.

Brooke Glanden ripped a one-out double to right center, while Flores and Halle Kisamore followed with walks to load the bases. Mendoza then drilled a pitch over the centerfield fence for her first career homer, extending the Hens’ advantage to 5-0.

Garber finished with two hits for the Hens, while starting pitcher Sarah Piening earned the win after allowing two runs on eight hits in 5.1 innings.

College basketball

WOMEN, Drexel 58, Delaware 41: The Blue Hens shot just 38 percent and missed all eight of their three-point attempts in falling to the Dragons in a CAA matchup.

Mikeda Nicholas, with 13 points, was the only Delaware player to reach double figures. The Hens (5-5 CAA, 10-12 overall) netted 41 points after scoring a season-low 40 points against Drexel in their first meeting.

College equestrian

DSU ninth in tourney: Delaware State swept three Sunday Baker bracket contests to finish ninth in the 14-team Sunshine State Classic women’s bowling tournament this weekend.

The 12th ranked Hornets defeated No. 22 Monmouth (4-2), Prairie View (4-1) and No. 25 Youngstown State (4-1) to post an overall tourney record of 8-5 and total pinfall of 12,087. DSU was 11th in the tournament standings entering Sunday’s competition
Stephen F. Austin, ranked seventh in the latest National Tenpin Coaches Association Top 25 poll, captured the tournament title with a 13-0 overall record and 13,442 total pinfall.

A total of 11 nationally ranked competed in the Sunshine State Classic. The Hornets’ 8-5 won-loss record was tied for third in the tourney field.

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