Aaron Nardone was 5-for-7 with five runs batted in, while Jordan Elliott and Matt McClain had solid pitching performances to lead Delaware State to a doubleheader sweep of St. Peter’s at Soldier Field today. The Hornets won the opener 14-0 and completed the sweep with a 5-1 seven-inning victory in the nightcap.
In the opener, Elliott tossed seven shutout innings and Eddie Sorondo drove in four runs to lead the Hornets. DSU had season highs in runs and hits (18) in the contest.
Elliott scattered five singles and struck three to improve to 2-0 this season. He has allowed just nine hits and one run, while striking out 17, in 21 innings this season (0.43 ERA). The Lincoln, Del., native now has 21 wins at DSU (21-11). Tim Vaillancourt (2000-03) is the Hornets’ career leader with 25 wins.
Nardone was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI in the opener. Cameron Onderko, Hassan Evans and Mitchell Moore also drove in two runs for the Hornets in game one. J.P. Frey was 3-for-4, while five players had two hits each for Delaware State.
The DSU onslaught began with five runs in the first inning. Sorondo singled in two runs and Nardone had a two-run double in the inning.
Onderko doubled in a run in the third to give the Hornets a 6-0 lead. Sorondo knocked in a run on a fielder’s choice in the fourth and had a run-scoring single in the sixth to stretch the lead to 8-0.
The Hornets scored six runs in the seventh to blow the game open. Moore had a two-run single, while Evans tripled in a run and Joey Babuca had a run-scoring double in the inning.
In game two, Nardone was 3-for-3, highlighted by a three-run homer and a triple. McClain tossed a complete game to earn the win. He allowed eight hits and one run, while striking out three, to improve to 2-1 this season.
Delaware State led 2-1 when Nardone blasted a three-run shot over the fence in right field for his first homer of the season.
He’s batting a team-high .429 (18-for-42) this season. Nardone also leads the Hornets in RBI (12), doubles (4) and triples (3); and is tied for the team lead in hits (18), runs scored (12) and home runs (1).
The Hornets will go for the three-game sweep in the series finale on Sunday. Game time is 1:00 p.m. at Soldier Field.