Roundup: Hens battle back to edge Maryland, Hornets fall to Towson in baseball

Calvin Scott’s walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning gave Delaware a dramatic 7-6 comeback victory over Maryland in baseball on Tuesday afternoon at Hannah Stadium.

The Terrapins jumped out to an early 6-0 lead, thanks to a five-run third inning. But the Blue Hens (9-5) got back in the game with a five-run fourth before tying the nonconference contest with a run in the bottom of the eighth.

That set the stage for Scott’s game-winning homer in the ninth.

“Today’s victory is as dramatic as they come,” said Delaware coach Jim Sherman. “Credit Cal Scott for getting a fastball on the inner-third of the plate and driving it to right center. He got a great swing on it. Once the ball lands, then the fun part began with the celebration.

“Clearly, we don’t win this game without the job our bullpen did from the fourth inning on,” he added.

Nick Spadafino (Dover), Joey Haass (Polytech) and Cole Benjamin all pitched two scoreless innings apiece before Chris Ludman pitched the ninth to earn the victory.

Towson 12, Delaware State 2: Third baseman Jared Gillis (Smyrna) went 2-for-3 and drove in both Hornet runs in the loss.

Gillis singled in DSU’s first run to tie the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the first. His run-scoring single in the third tied the score at 2-2.

But Towson (3-11) responded by scoring the last 10 runs of the game.

Todd Henry, John Weglarz and Darnel Maisonet had two hits each for the Hornets (2-13), who lost their 11th game in a row.

Misericordia 9, Wesley 1: John Joines had three hits for the Wolverines while Kevin Schmitt and Cody Dmiterchik (Cape Henlopen) both tallied two hits.

Schmitt collected the lone extra-base hit of the game for Wesley with a double down the left field line in the third. He scored the Wolverines’ only run on a fielder’s choice.

College basketball

UD women in WNIT: The Delaware women’s basketball team had its season extended by at least one game when it received a berth in the Women’s NIT on Monday.

The Blue Hens (19-12) will be making their first postseason appearance since going to the 2014 NCAA Sweet 16 when they play at Georgetown (15-15) on Friday at 7 p.m.

First-year Delaware coach Natasha Adair was the Hoyas’ head coach from 2014-17.

“We’re excited to keep our season going,” said Adair. “Our team is still hungry and wanting for more. This postseason opportunity gives us another chance to compete for a championship.”

Delaware is 3-4 all-time against the Hoyas.

College lacrosse

WOMEN. Wesley 19, Centenary 1: The Wolverines jumped out to a 10-goal lead in the first 10 minutes before improving to 4-0.

Fallon Fore paced Wesley with five goals and an assist. Paige Brehm and Brianna Bacon netted hat tricks while Stacey O’Neale scored twice. Maddison Cypher added five assists.

Stony Brook 20, Delaware 8: Sophomore Sydney Rausa posted her third straight hat trick and senior Taylor Carpentier tallied her sixth straight game with double-digit saves in the Blue Hens’ loss to the No. 1 Seawolves.

Senior Becky Gohsler helped Delaware win six of the first nine draw controls, while Carpentier finished with 14 saves. The Hens held leads of 3-1 and 6-4 in the first half.

College softball

Wesley takes two: Wesley swept its two games on the second day of the Fast Pitch Dreams Spring Classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

A five-run sixth inning propelled the Wolverines over Lycoming, 7-2, before Wesley pulled out a 6-5 win over Gettysburg.

In the opener, the Wolverines (6-2) broke open a 2-2 tie with a five-run sixth. Ashley Royer smacked a two-run single to left while Brandi Dalious (Polytech) finished the scoring with an RBI single down the left field line.

Amanda Curry wen 3-for-4 with two RBI, a double and a run scored. Dori Loukopoulos earned the win in relief.

Against Gettysburg, Royer went 4-for-4, scored twice and drove in a run. Curry again had three hits with a run scored and an RBI.

Loukopoulos also picked up the win in the second game while driving in two runs.

College bowling

DSU’s Neuer honored again: Alexis Neuer’s performance at the United States Bowling Congress sectional competition last weekend has earned the Delaware State sophomore her latest MEAC weekly award.

Neuer was selected as the MEAC Bowler of the Week for the second week in a row and fifth time this season.

She qualified for the USBC National Collegiate Singles Championship for the second year in a row after placing second among 174 competitors with a total pinfall of 1279 for a six-game average of 213.2 in the sectional round. Neuer’s performance was highlighted by her career collegiate-high of 296, also a DSU singles record.

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