NEWARK, Del. – Mariah Kondravy delivered four hits on the day while Jordan Cargile pitched a gem in the opener as the University of Delaware softball team swept a doubleheader from Delaware State, 2-1 and 10-5, Wednesday afternoon.

The first game was a pitchers’ duel, as the teams went to extra innings scoreless. Micaela Cummings put the Hornets (9-23) on the board with an RBI single in the top of the eighth, but the Blue Hens (10-25) answered with a pair in the bottom half to pull out the victory. Julia Solderitch scored the tying run when Giovanna Kolofer reached on an error, and after another error and a walk, Kondravy lined a bases loaded single to rightcenter to give Delaware the win.

Cargile (left) allowed just one unearned run on three hits in a complete game effort, striking out four while walking none to earn her third win of the year.

Delaware then erupted for eight runs in the bottom of the second to take control of the nightcap. Chayanna Gallardo opened the rally with an RBI double, while Reyna de Jesus later added a run-scoring single to make it a four-run game. Anna Steinmetz and Gallardo then added RBI doubles, before Keiana Smith scored the final run of the frame on a Hornets error.

Delaware State got on the board in the top of the third, but Kondravy doubled home Steinmetz in the fourth to increase the margin to 9-1. Following two Hornets runs in the top of the fifth, Delaware answered in the bottom half when Steinmetz and Kondravy drilled consecutive doubles.

Delaware State got two back in the top of the sixth to pull within five, but UD pitcher Sarah Piening retired the Hornets in order in the seventh to secure the victory.

HEN SCRATCHINGS
• Kondravy finished 4 for 6 on the day with three RBI
• Gallardo, Kolofer and Nuccio each added a pair of hits on the afternoon
• Piening won her sixth game in the circle after allowing five runs (three earned) on 12 hits
• Delaware improved to 32-7-1 vs. the Hornets

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Delaware vs. *Hofstra (DH) – April 14, 2018 (12 noon)
Delaware vs. *Hofstra – April 15, 2018 (12 noon)
Delaware vs. *Charleston (DH) – April 21, 2018 (12 noon)

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