The Delaware State Lady Hornets softball team completed its Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) series sweep over Morgan State by claiming both sides of a doubleheader April 7 at Lois T. Murray Field in Baltimore, Md. The Hornets defeated Morgan State 8-1 and 4-1.

The Lady Bears (7-16 overall, 1-5 MEAC) seemed as though they would salvage one win in the series during the second game. However a controversial call in the bottom of the sixth inning took away what would have been the go-ahead run for the Lady Bears.

The visiting Lady Hornets (16-11-1 overall, 6-0 MEAC) took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Jordan Reid scored on a passed ball. Morgan State evened the score in the bottom half of the inning when Danielle Lugo doubled to right center, scoring Amber Frame.

The score would remain tied at 1-1 until the Lady Bears threatened in the bottom of the sixth. Lydia Walther-Rodriguez led off the inning with a single to left center and advanced to second on a fielding error. Walther-Rodriguez then reached third on a sac bunt by Boshia Richardson and the Lady Bears appeared to be in business. Tiffany Rubin then flied out to right field, bringing in Walther-Rodriguez for what appeared to be the go-ahead run. However, the home plate umpire said that Walther-Rodriguez had left the base early and was called out, ending the inning.

Delaware State took advantage of the favorable call, scoring three runs in the top of the seventh on a two-run double by Stephanie Martello and an RBI single by Casey Beighley for the game’s final score.

The Lady Hornets finished the game with 10 hits and one error, while Morgan State had six total hits.

Morgan State returns to action April 14, when they travel to Norfolk, Va. to take on the Spartans of Norfolk State in a MEAC North Division doubleheader.


Kevin Paige

Special to the AFRO