No. 13 Delta St. tops Miss. Valley St.
Kakwitch drives in three runs to help lead Statesmen to victory
CLEVELAND, Miss. -- No. 13 Delta State (6-0) claimed its sixth consecutive victory with an 11-2 win against Division I Mississippi Valley State (0-3) on Tuesday at Ferriss Field. DSU finished the day with 11 runs on 12 hits with one error, while MVSU closed out the contest with two runs on 10 hits and two errors.
Delta State jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning on a two RBI single by Brent Kakwitch and a two RBI double from Ben Kingsley. DSU plated an insurance run on an RBI ground out by Chad Fortenberry.
The green-and-white chased MVSU starter David Lostra with two additional runs in the third inning, as Sam Kidd delivered a two RBI double and a second RBI single from Kakwitch, which chased the Delta Devils starter.
DSU tacked on three insurance runs in the sixth to take a commanding 11-0 lead. Josh Crowdus came through with a two RBI single, while Jordan Chovanec tacked on a run on an RBI groundout.
MVSU scored two runs in the top of the ninth off Statesmen reliever Brandon Hardin to make the final 11-2.
Statesmen starter Jordan Moore (1-0) earned the win in his first start of the season. Moore tossed 4.0 scoreless innings, allowing two hits with one walk and two strikeouts.
Rickey Winters (2.0), Jared Bond (1.0) and Bobby Bryan (1.0) all worked in relief. Hardin allowed two unearned runs in the final inning for DSU.
MVSU's David Lostra (0-1) took the loss after throwing 2.1 innings and giving up eight earned runs with two walks and four strikeouts. The Delta Devils used three additional relievers in the game.
Kakwitch led the Statesmen at the plate with a 3-for-5 day and added three RBIs and scored one run.
Chovanec also collected two hits for the Statesmen, while Kingsley, Crowdus and Kidd all delivered two RBIs each.