Roundup: Wolverines reach Atlantic East Conference softball finals

Wesley College shook off an early two-run deficit to top Immaculata, 6-2, and advance to the Atlantic East Conference softball finals on Sunday morning.

The fifth-seeded Wolverines (19-20) went 3-0 to win the tournament’s Pod B. They’ll play at Pod A winner Neumann starting on Friday at 4 p.m. in a best-of-three series to decide the title in the first-year league.

After allowing two first-inning runs, pitcher Dori Loukopoulos allowed just one hit and no runs over the final six innings to earn the win. She surrendered just two hits with two walks and a pair of strikeouts.

Brooke Retkowski went 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored. Her two-run homer in the fourth gave Wesley a 5-2 lead.

Also leading the Wolverines was Ashley Royer (2-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 run) and Karina Cardona (1-for-3, 1 run, 1 RBI).

Delaware State 15, UMES 1: Catcher Jaelyn Baker was 3-for-4 with a home run and a career-high five RBI to lead the Hornets.

DSU swept the three-game series to finish the regular year with a 7-8 mark in the MEAC and 10-30 overall. The Hornets outscored the Hawks 26-1 in the series.

Delaware State is expected to be the No. 4 North seed in the upcoming MEAC Tournament in Ormond Beach, Fla.

Baker, who hit a three-run homer, leads DSU with 25 RBI.

Second baseman Jasmine Melgoza was 3-for-4 with three RBI. First baseman Vanessa Barron had a two-run triple in the first.

Winning pitcher Brianna Baker did not allow a run in 15 innings pitched vs. the Hawks.

Delaware 4, Charleston 2: Anna Steinmetz cracked a three-run homer while Sarah Piening picked up her second consecutive complete-game victory as the Blue Hens won the CAA matchup.

The Hens (21-26 overall, 7-11 CAA) scored all the runs they would need in the top of the first. After Halle Kisamore doubled and Brooke Glanden (Lake Forest) singled, Steinmetz belted a pitch over the fence in leftcenter to give Delaware an early three-run lead.

Steinmetz leads UD with eight home runs this year, as she increased her school-record total to 46 round-trippers.

Piening earned her 13th win of the season after allowing two runs on seven hits while striking out two.

College baseball

Norfolk State 3, Delaware State 2: The Spartans scored twice in the bottom of the 10th to edge the Hornets (9-12 MEAC, 14-23 overall).

The loss overshadowed a dominant performance by DSU starting pitcher Darnell Maisonet, who allowed just six hits and one run, while striking out a season-high 11 in the first nine innings.

With the score tied 1-1 in the top of the 10th, Mark Herron singled and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Adrian Hill (Polytech). Herron moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a two-out single by John Weglarz to give the Hornets a 2-1 lead.

Weglarz was 3-for-5, while Hill and Miguel Rivera (Polytech) had two hits each for the Hornets, who outhit the Spartans 10-9.

Villanova 8, Delaware 4: The Wildcats scored seven runs in the fourth inning before downing the Blue Hens.

Delaware (16-27) and the Wildcats (11-29) split their weekend series with Delaware winning, 5-3, on Saturday night.

Sophomore Zack Miller went 3-for-3, including his third home run of the year. Senior Vinny Vaccone had his third multi-hit day in the past four games and freshman Joseph Carpenter extended his hitting streak to 22 games and on-base streak to 35 with a single and two RBI.

Winston Allen, Andrew Avots, Joey Haas (Polytech) and Tommy Pomatto (Caesar Rodney) all had scoreless outings out of the bullpen for Delaware.

In Saturday’s victory, starting pitcher Brandon Walter pitched six no-hit, shutout innings. He struck out 11 and walked only one before being relieved.

College football

Five Hens sign as free agents: Five University of Delaware football players were signed as free agents or earned camp invitations after the NFL draft ended on Saturday.

Receiver Joe Walker (Chicago Bears camp invite), linebacker Troy Reeder (L.A. Rams), receiver Vinny Papale (Oakland Raiders camp invite), tight end Charles Scarff (Ravens) and defensive back Tenny Adewusi (Giants camp invite) all earned shots to prove themselves at the next level.

They all joined safety Nasir Adderley, who was drafted by the Chargers in the second round on Friday, to give the Blue Hens six NFL signees. That’s the second-highest total for the Hens, behind only the seven that signed in 1981.

Another player with ties to Delaware who signed as a free agent is West Virginia receiver David Sills, who went to the Bills. A Newark native who played at Red Lion Christian, earned national notoriety when he verbally committed to USC as a quarterback before he was even in high school.

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