PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - Senior Casey Beighley (Los Angeles, Calif.) pitched a one-hitter while striking out 10 batters in an 8-0 first game victory at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and sophomore Stephanie Sarris (Rohnert Park, Calif.) allowed just one run in game two's 10-1 win as the Delaware State University softball team clinched the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference North title for the second consecutive season Sunday.
The Hornets finished the regular season with a 25-16-1 overall record and were 14-3 in the MEAC. The three conference losses marks the fewest since the 2006 season when DSU finished 20-3 in MEAC play (including postseason) and the 16 overall losses is the fewest since 1994 when the Hornets were 18-10.
In the first game of the series, DSU led, 3-0, going into the bottom of the third inning at Lady Hawks Field before the skies opened and flooded the field. Officials delayed the game until Sunday afternoon and cancelled the third game in the set.
The Hornets tacked on three more runs in the top of the fourth, taking advantage of two UMES errors.
Delaware State closed things out in the top of the sixth, scoring two runs on three hits and another UMES error. Senior Jordan Reid (Accokeek, Md.) led off the frame with a single and then stole second. With one out, fellow seniors Breanne Parr (Camarillo, Calif.) and Tawny Reeger (Simi Valley, Calif.) each recorded a single to allow Reid to score. Sophomore Ashlyn Campbell (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.) reached on an error by the second baseman to load the bases and Beighley hit a sac fly to centerfield for the team's eighth and final run of the game.
Beighley struck out the final two batters of the game to record a career-high 10 strikeouts in contest.
The Hornets got on the board right away in game two, scoring four runs on four hits and two errors.
Del State added three more on four hits in the top of the second to take a 7-0 lead. Freshman Bria Green (Wheatley Heights, N.Y.) singled and sophomore Stephanie Martello (Oxnard, Calif.) smacked an RBI double before Parr homered.
The Hornets were relatively quiet offensively over the next three innings, recording just one hit while UMES registered two errors in the same time frame.
With three consecutive singles to open the sixth, Delaware State tacked on three more runs to take the 10-1 final lead.
Sarris picked up her eighth win of the season (8-4) as she threw 6.0 innings and gave up five hits, one earned run and one walk while tying a career-high with five strikeouts.
Parr finished the day 5-for-8 and was a double shy of the cycle in game two. The right fielder added in three runs and three RBI.
Reeger was 3-for-5 on the day, including a perfect 2-for-2 in game two, with two runs, three RBI and two stolen bases.
UMES ends their season with a 0-34 overall record and were 0-19 in MEAC play.
The Hornets await their seeding matchup in the 2012 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Championships, held May 10-12, in Ormond Beach, Fla.