Local roundup: Hornets fall to UMES, Hens to face Elon

Delaware State matched its lowest point total of the season in falling to Maryland Eastern Shore, 59-47, in MEAC men’s basketball on Monday night.

The Hornets tallied only 17 first-half points and shot just 30.4 percent (17-of-56) for the contest as they fell to 1-13 in the MEAC, 3-26 overall).

Simon Okolue (12 points, 8 rebounds) and Marquis Collins (10 points) were the only DelState players to score in double figures. The Hornets were also limited to 47 points by Morgan State on Jan. 22.

Tyler Jones had 21 points for Maryland Eastern Shore (2-13 MEAC, 6-24), which snapped a five-game losing streak.

DelState finishes the regular season by hosting Morgan State on Thursday evening.

Hens to face Elon: Delaware’s men finished seventh in the Colonial Athletic Association standings and will face No. 10 Elon in the first round of the league tournament on Saturday.

The pairings weren’t set until Elon and James Madison played a makeup game on Monday. The Blue Hens will face the Phoenix at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday in the North Charleston (S.C.) Coliseum.

The winner of the Delaware-Elon matchup will take on No. 2 Northeastern on Sunday at 6 p.m.

WOMEN, UMES 76, Delaware State 56: The Hawks outscored the Hornets by at least three points in all four quarters before picking up the MEAC victory.

Keyera Eaton had 17 points as four players scored in double figures for the Hawks (7-9 MEAC, 10-18 overall).

Lanayjha Ashe netted a game-high 18 points for DelState (4-11, 5-23) while also got 11 points apiece from Ryan Jones and Keke Barber. NaJai Pollard pulled down 13 rebounds but was limited to five points.

College baseball

DSU drops two to Rider: Rider scored five runs in the top of the seventh inning to erase a three-run deficit and defeat Delaware State 8-6 in the second game of a doubleheader on Monday afternoon.

The Broncs won the first game, 3-1, to take two of the three games in the series.

In the nightcap, Delaware State scored six unanswered runs to lead 6-3 entering the top of the seventh. The Hornets trailed 3-1 when Cole Garey (Polytech) tied the game on a two-run double in the bottom of the third inning.

Delaware State scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 6-3 lead. Jared Gillis (Smyrna) doubled in the first two runs and Adrian Hill (Polytech) drove in the third run of the inning on a fielder’s choice.

Gillis was 2-for-4 with two RBI in the nightcap.

In the opener, Delaware State trailed 3-1 with two men on base and two out in the bottom of the seventh inning when Gillis was robbed of a potential game-tying hit on a diving catch by Rider right-fielder Joe Simone to end the game.

The loss overshadowed a solid performance by Hornet starting pitcher Sean McGrath (St. Georges), who was tagged with the loss despite striking out 10 batters in six innings. Todd Henry had two of Delaware State’s eight hits in the opener.

Wesley earns split: Wesley split its two games on Sunday on the final day of the Floyd B. Wilcox Memorial Tournament, hosted by Hampden-Sydney.
The Wolverines (1-2) opened with a 9-7 win over Moravian before falling, 8-4, to Hampden-Sydney.

In the opener, Wesley trailed 7-6 in the eighth before getting RBI singles by Jordan Marruci, Will Barton and Cody Dmiterchik (Cape Henlopen).

Reliever Darin Matthews earned the win while Mike Sabino (Lake Forest) shut down the Greyhounds in the ninth to pick up his first career save.

Dmiterchik put Wesley on the board first in the nightcap when he smashed a home run in the top of the third inning. A Chris Seibert two-run home run then brought Wesley to within a run in the sixth inning before the Wolverines tied the game at 4-4 in the seventh.

However, Hampden-Sydney answered with a four-run eighth to take the victory.

College lacrosse

Wesley’s Darnell earns CAC honor: Wesley College senior defenseman Zach Darnell was named Capital Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week.

Darnell caused six turnovers and picked up four ground balls in the Wolverines’ 15-3 win over Rosemont. Darnell and the Wolverine defense limited Rosemont to just 14 shots.

College track & field

Wolverine women win meet: The Wesley College women’s team collected 17 top-five finishes en route to winning the George Mason Last Chance meet on Sunday.

Angel Hall picked up a win in the 400-meter dash, finishing in 59.07 seconds. The Wolverines placed 1-2 in the 1,600-meter relay.

The team of Briyanna Woods, Lekeshia Brown-Myrick, Victoria Robinson and Emani McNeil won the relay with a time of 4:23.74. The quartet of Rakiya Taylor, Quadira Minus, Tyler Reid and Anicia Boler came in second with a time of 4:31.58.

On the men’s side, the Wolverines collected 10 top-five finishes in the meet.

College golf

Hens set school record: The University of Delaware women’s golf team opened its spring season at the Westbrook Invitational by setting the program record for a 54-hole tournament.

The Blue Hens, who carded a 293 score during Monday’s final round, finished in 13th place out of 15 squads with a three-round total of 292-291-293-876. Delaware broke the previous three-round record of 882 set at the PSU Nittany Lion Invitational on Sept. 23-24, 2017.

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