DOVER, Del. - The Delaware State University pitching staff combined for a 0.50 ERA Saturday afternoon at the Hornets Nest as the Hornets defeated Coppin State, 2-1 and 7-0, for their school record 10th and 11th straight wins and to stay perfect in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference at 8-0.  DSU has won 12 of their last 13 games, with a tie coming at Delaware.

The first contest of the day was a pitcher's duel, with Hornet sophomore Rachel Meagley (Spokane, Wash.) earning her fourth win of the season, pitching 5.0 innings and giving up just one earned run against reigning MEAC Pitcher of the Year, Paige Arnold, who fell to 12-11 for the Eagles this season.  Arnold gave up two runs (one earned) with seven hits and three strikeouts while Meagley gave up just four hits with three strikeouts.

Freshman Bria Green (Wheatley Heights, N.Y.) picked up the first save of her career, going pitching a scoreless seventh inning and striking out one batter.

Coppin State picked up their lone run of the day in the first inning as Arnold walked, stole second and then scored on a single up the middle from junior Tiffani Whaley.  The Eagles left two runners stranded as freshman Taylor Kairos popped out to senior right fielder Casey Beighley (Los Angeles, Calif.) to end the top of the frame.

The Hornets got on board in the bottom of the second as Beighley scored on a sac fly to center from fellow senior Breanne Parr (Camarillo, Calif.) and junior Skye Boris (Magnolia, Del.) doubled to right center to score Green.

Coppin State had an opportunity to tie the game in the top of the sixth with Whaley singling to get on base and moving her way around the bases to third before getting caught off the base to end the stanza.

Pitching held strong for the Hornets in game two, with sophomore Ashlyn Campbell (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.) held a perfect game through 3.2 innings and a no-hitter through four innings before giving up a double to center to junior Nicole Boggs.  The hit proved to be the Eagles' lone hit of the contest.

Campbell picked up her first win of the season, going 4.1 innings and giving up one hit and one walk while striking out one.  Sophomore Stephanie Sarris (Rohnert Park, Calif.) came in as relief for Campbell and went 2.2 innings and recording just one walk.

Del State scored almost immediately in the bottom of the inning with senior Jordan Reid (Accokeek, Md.) leading off with a single and advancing to second on an error by Arnold, the left fielder.  The centerfielder made her way to third on a wild pitch and scored on a single up the middle from sophomore Stephanie Martello (Oxnard, Calif.). 

Boris led off the bottom of the fourth with a double to left center and was replaced on the base paths by freshman pinch runner Rebekah Beeson (Bear, Del.).  Beeson advanced to third on a sac bunt from senior Rachel Carroll (Oxnard, Calif.) and then scored on a sac fly from senior Leslie Pleasanton (Smyrna, Del.) to give the Hornets a  2-0 lead.

DSU put up a five-spot in the sixth inning to secure some insurance runs and eventually the 7-0 win. 

Parr led off the frame with a single to the shortstop.  Speedster Chelsea Stern (Owings, Md.) came in to pinch run for Parr and immediately stole second base.  The senior advanced to third on a passed ball and then scored on a sac bunt from Carroll to go up, 3-0.

Pleasanton then singled up the middle and was replaced on the bases by freshman pinch runner Taylor Pattillo (Chambersburg, Pa.).  Pattillo moved to second on a wild pitch before Reid walked.  Senior Tawny Reeger (Simi Valley, Calif.) doubled to right field to send the two home and give the Hornets a 5-0 advantage.  Martello followed with her second home run of the season, a two-run shot over the center field fence, to finalize the score at 7-0.

Whaley took the loss for the Eagles (14-17; 7-4 MEAC), going 6.0 innings and giving up 10 hits, seven runs (all earned), four walks and three wild pitches while striking out three.

Reid led the Hornets (18-11-1; 8-0 MEAC) from the plate, going 3-for-5 with two runs scored, two walks and a stolen base.  Martello ended the day going 3-for-7 with three RBI, one run and a home run while Reeger was 2-for-5 with two RBI, one run and two walks.

Whaley went 3-for-3 in game one with one RBI.

The two teams return to the Hornets' Nest on Sunday with a 2 p.m. first pitch.


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