Roundup: Hornets earn 6-5 victory over UMBC in baseball

Todd Henry doubled in the go-ahead run with two outs in the seventh inning to lift Delaware State to a 6-5 victory over UMBC in the finale of a three-game baseball series at Blandair Park on Sunday.

The Retrievers (4-6) loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, but DSU freshman reliever Robert Shorts ended the threat on a grounder to third to end the game.

Delaware State (5-7) got off to fast start with four runs in the top of the first including a two-run home run from Jared Gillis (Smyrna). Gillis had three RBI in the contest.

The score was tied 5-5 when Gillis drew a walk with one out in the seventh. He advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Tripp Kimmell (Milford) and scored the go-ahead run on Henry’s two-out double.

Shorts (1-0) pitched four scoreless innings, allowing one hit, while striking out six and walking three to earn the win.

Delaware 7, Fairfield 4: The Blue Hens (1-13) strung together some clutch hitting and timely pitching to finally pick up their first win of the year.

Senior Kevin Mohollen went 2-for-3 with three RBI and a run scored, while freshman Austin Colmery went 2-for-3 with three runs scored for the Hens. Redshirt sophomore Chance DiFebbo and freshman Joseph Carpenter also had two hits apiece.

Freshman pitcher Joey Silan scattered six hits and two earned runs in five-plus innings. Junior Derek Wakeley picked up the win in relief, tossing three scoreless innings without allowing a hit.

College track & field

Wesley pair win national titles: Wesley College junior Evelina Sloboh and freshman Kai Cole earned national titles in the 60-meter dash at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston.

Seeded third, Sloboh cruised to a record-breaking time of 7.55 seconds, besting her previous personal record of 7.60 seconds from earlier in the indoor season. She finished .11 of a second faster than runnerup Gabrielle Noland of Loras.

Sloboh is Wesley’s first female national champion in any sport. Along with the national championship, Sloboh earned the second indoor All-American honor of her career.

Cole, the top seed, zoomed to his national championship with a time of 6.80 seconds. Cole finished .03 seconds faster than Calvin Jordan of Benedictine (Ill.) and Darren Jones of Texas Lutheran.

Wesley’s Thomas Kalieta Jr. narrowly missed becoming an All-American for the second time in the 400-meter dash, placing ninth in the race with a time of 48.97 seconds.

College bowling

DSU makes nationals: The Delaware State bowling team will compete for a national championship this spring.

The Hornets qualified for the United States Bowling Congress XBowling Intercollegiate Team Championships after finishing fourth in this weekend’s sectional competition in Stratford, New Jersey. The top four teams in the four sectional sites advance to the championship tournament April 17-20 in Dayton, Ohio.

Delaware State was fourth in the Stratford sectional with a total pinfall of 11804 in 64 games (184.4 avg.), trailing only Maryland-Eastern Shore (12476), Pikeville (11915) and Webber International (11885) in the 14-team competition.

This will be the Hornets’ fourth appearance in the USBC national champions. DSU could also qualify for the NCAA National Championship as the Mid-Eastern Conference champion.

The MEAC championship tournament is later this month in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

DSU is ranked 12th in the latest National Tenpin Coaches Association monthly poll.

College softball

UD loses two: Delaware (7-11) dropped a pair of close losses to Sacred Heart, 6-4, and UNCG, 6-5, as the Blue Hens wrapped up action at the Spartan Classic on Sunday.

Halle Kisamore and Brooke Glanden (Lake Forest) each finished with three hits and three runs scored. Glanden hit a two-run home run, her third homer of the season.

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