Delaware State Moves On, Hampton Eliminated
ORMOND BEACH, Fla. - Tara Tursellino tossed a three-hit complete game and Jasmine Melgoza doubled in the go-ahead runs in the fifth inning to lead Delaware State to a 3-1 victory over Hampton to stay alive in the 2017 MEAC Softball Tournament at the Ormond Beach Sports Complex.
The No. 2-seeded Hornets will have a rematch with North Carolina A&T in another elimination game at 4:00 p.m.
Hampton, the 2017 MEAC North champion and a No. 1 seed, is eliminated from the tournament after suffering its second loss.
Tursellino allowed just three singles and one run, while striking out four in seven innings to improve to 6-10 this season. She retired the last seven Hampton batters in the game and set down the Pirates in order in five innings. Hampton scored first when Brianna Anderson singled in MacKenzie Wise with two outs in the third inning.
The Pirates held the one-run lead until the fourth inning when Delaware State tied the game. There were two outs and the bases empty when Mika Lumsden reached base on a ball that was lost in the sun by Hampton first baseman Jada Fields. The Hornets took advantage of the break when Khaliyah Flournory doubled to the fence in left field to score Lumsden with the tying run.
The score remained tied when the Hornets took the lead in the fifth inning. Danielle Velez started the rally with a leadoff single. Velez moved to second when Hampton committed an error on a Vanessa Washington bunt attempt. The Hornets had runners at third and second when Melgoza smacked a double to left center, scoring Velez and pinch runner Kayleigh Berry to give DSU a 3-1 lead.
Delaware State outhit Hampton 6-3 in the game.
North Carolina A&T defeated Delaware State 3-0 in 10 innings in the Hornets' tournament opener on Thursday.