The Meridian Community College Eagles were attempting to win a series at Delgado for the first time since 2001, but the Dolphins had other plans Sunday afternoon. Delgado scored eight runs in the fourth inning to roll to the 12-2 victory over the Eagles in a run-rule shortened five-inning game. MCC dropped its overall record to 28-19 and 5-4 in Miss-Lou Conference play, while the Dolphins improved to 25-16 and 5-7 in league play.
MCC is now tied for first place in the Miss-Lou Conference standings with Baton Rouge Community College. The two teams will meet next weekend at Baton Rouge in a crucial three-game series to decide the Miss-Lou Conference Championship. The series will begin Saturday with a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. and the final game will take place Sunday at 1 p.m.
MCC will return to Scaggs Field before its trip to Baton Rouge with a game against Shelton State Tuesday night at 6 p.m.
Delgado scored its opening run of the third and final game in the bottom of the first inning to take a 1-0 lead over MCC. Angelo Bruno drove in the first run of the game on an RBI single with two outs to give Delgado the early lead. The Eagles responded with one run in the top of the second inning to tie the game at 1-1. Former Meridian High standout Dallas Hannah connected on his first home run of the season to tie the game.
Delgado answered the MCC run with two of its own in the bottom of the third inning to take a 3-1 lead. Bubby Riley drove one run in for the Dolphins on an RBI ground out, while the second run came across to score on a wild pitch by Meridian.
The Dolphins put the game away for good with eight runs in the fourth inning to take an 11-1 lead over MCC. The inning was highlighted by a three-run home run by Sean McMullen and Tony Fortier-Benson added a two-run double in the frame for Delgado.
MCC added one final run in the fifth inning and Delgado scored its final run in the bottom of the fifth inning to take the 12-2 run rule victory. Johnny Tolson reached on a one-out triple in the fifth inning and later scored on a wild pitch to give the Eagles its only other run in the game. Delgado finished the game in the bottom of the fifth inning on a solo home run by Luke Voiron to give the Dolphins the run-rule win.
MCC only managed four hits in the game and Tolson led the way with three hits in the loss for MCC. Michael Manley (6-4) took the pitching loss on the mound for the Eagles.