Roundup: Hens top Hornets to salvage split at Hannah Invitational

NEWARK — Delaware got quality starts in each of its two games during the final day of the Bob Hannah Invitational.

But the Blue Hens had to settle for a split as they knocked off Delaware State 4-2 after falling to UMass-Lowell 5-3 in the opener on Sunday afternoon.

The Hens (6-4) went 2-1 during the two-day tournament. In three games during the weekend, Delaware starting pitchers went 19 innings, allowed just 10 hits, two earned runs, and seven walks while striking out 21 batters.

Delaware has now won three of its last four games and is 3-1 at Bob Hannah Stadium this season.

Brandon Walter, the 2015 state Player of the Year at Hodgson, picked up his first collegiate victory as he went seven innings against Delaware State, allowing six hits, two earned runs, and one walk while striking out nine. Kevin Milley earned the save with two innings of scoreless relief.

Delaware scored two runs in both the second and six innings and overcame four errors to post the win over Delaware State (0-11) in the 50th meeting all-time between the two in-state foes. The Hens went up 2-0 in the second when Diaz Nardo (Cape Henlopen) stole second and third and scored on a balk and Calvin Scott knocked in a run with a single.

The Hornets answered with a run in the third but the Hens tacked on two more runs in the sixth when Kevin Mohollen started the inning with a single and scored on an error after a Nick Tierno bunt single. Tierno later scored on a fielder’s choice groundout by Doug Trimble.

Wesley drops two: Wesley College fell twice to Oswego State, 13-9 and 10-5 on Sunday.

Chris Seibert, Joseph Hummel, and Eric Speidel each had four hits on the day for the Wolverines (6-4). Seibert provided the Wolverines biggest blast in the two games, drilling a three-run home run in the first inning of the second game.

Wesley also got a three-run double from Joseph Hummel.

College basketball

DSU men open MEAC today: No. 12 Delaware State (7-24) opens the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference men’s basketball tournament today with a 5 p.m. game against fifth-seeded Savannah State (14-14).

The tourney is being played at the Scope Arena in Norfolk, Va.

The winner of the contest will face No. 4 seed Bethune-Cookman (14-17) in the quarterfinals on Thursday at 8 p.m.

DelState faced Savannah in the first round of last year’s MEAC tournament as well with the Hornets rallying for a 64-58 victory.

Savannah State beat DelState, 64-47, in their one regular-season meeting this year. Christopher Martin led three SSU players in double figures with 16 points.

College softball

Blue Hens take two: Delaware used a late comeback to defeat Bucknell, 6-5, before holding on for a 13-11 win over Delaware State at the Blue Hen Blast Tournament on Sunday.

Delaware (10-6), which scored just two combined runs in falling to the Hornets and Bison on Saturday, erupted for 19 runs and 29 hits on Sunday.

Against Bucknell, Delaware scored four times in the bottom of the sixth to take the win. Mariah Kondravy laced a two-out, two-run double into the leftfield corner to give the Hens the lead.

Against DSU, Carolyn Szymanski (4-2) allowed one run during one inning of relief to pick up the win. Anna Steinmetz finished 3-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored, Leanna Gearhart was 3-for-5 with two runs scored, and Danielle Wissinger added a pair of hits and three RBI.

Delaware State opened the day with a 12-10 victory over the Bison in a game that had been suspended on Saturday, before the Bison answered with a 6-0 shutout over the Hornets.

College lacrosse

WOMEN, Delaware State 11, Howard 7: The Hornets posted the first road victory in program history with the win on Sunday.

DelState also notched back-to-back victories for the first time.

Lauren Perry, Nicole McCombs and Iman Hassan scored three goals each to lead the Hornets.

Hassan has scored at least three times in three of the Hornets’ five games to give her a team-high 14 goals and 20 points this season. McCombs has climbed to second on the team with nine goals and is tied with Kayla Yurkanin for second on the club with 11 points.

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