By Karen Allen
Cleveland, Miss.—Baseball fell to No. 1 Delta State in a double header Saturday afternoon; dropping the opener 8-1, and the finale 13-5.
The Hawks fall to 12-22 on the season and 7-8 in the Gulf South. Delta State improves to 26-4-1 overall and 11-2-1 in conference play.
Shorter got on the board first in the Game 1, scoring their only run when Charlie Gillis reached on an error to bring in Cal Hardie. Delta State answered with two in the bottom of the inning to take the lead, and didn't look back; adding one in the six and five in the seventh. The final blow was a three run shot from Carlos Leal.
Josh Branstetter earned the win for the Statesmen; pitching the complete game, while allowing one run on six hits, with five strikeouts. David Summerall got the loss for Shorter; going 6.2 innings, allowing seven runs on eight hits, with one strikeout and five walks.
Delta State scored the first run of Game 2 in the first inning on an RBI fly out from Ben Kingsley, and added to the lead with four in the third.
The Hawks got on the board with two in the fourth to cut the lead to 5-2, as Gillis scored on a fielder's choice from Jennings. One batter later, Michael Miranda delivered an RBI single that brought Walker Borneman in to score. The Statesmen answered with eight runs in the bottom of the inning to make it 13-2.
Shorter rallied in the fifth to plate three runs. Dustin Evans scored the first run of the inning on an RBI single from Borneman, and Miranda plated two on an RBI single to round out the scoring.
Borneman finished the game going 4-4 with an RBI; while Miranda went 2-4 with three RBI for the Hawks.
Colton Mitchell got the win for Delta State; allowing five runs on eight hits, with four strikeouts over 5.0 innings of work. Cameron Rich received the loss for Shorter after pitching 2.0 innings in relief; giving up four runs on four hits with three walks.
The Hawks will close out the series with the Statesmen tomorrow afternoon, April 7; the game is slated to begin at 3pm eastern time.