Blue Hens Unable to Match College of Charleston’s Firepower, Fall to Cougars 12-1 in Colonial Athletic Association Matchup
The game got off to an unusual start for the Blue Hens. Scheduled starter Brandon Hinkle could not get warmed-up properly and Brock Niggebrugge was brought in to pitch the first inning, earning an unexpected first career start. The junior, who was relieved by Hinkle in the second inning, gave up four runs on three hits and was credited for the loss.
The four runs in the first inning were more than enough support for College of Charleston starter Bailey Ober, who kept Delaware hitters off balance all game and earned his sixth win of the year. Ober allowed only one run on three hits in eight innings.
“Overall, it was just a very tough day for us,” said University of Delaware head coach Jim Sherman. “Putting in Niggebrugge in on such short notice was a tough spot for him. Give credit to College of Charleston, they played really well again today."
After relieving Niggebrugge, Hinkle, who is the reigning CAA Co-Pitcher of the Week, pitched five innings and gave up three runs on five hits.
Redshirt junior Taylor Mahoney relieved Hinkle in the seventh inning and closed out the game for Delaware. The southpaw gave up five runs on four hits in two innings of work.
College of Charleston (23 -11, 6-2 CAA) got on the scoreboard in the first inning on two two-run doubles from Morgan Phillips and Ryan Welke. The Cougars added two runs in the fourth inning and another run in the sixth before putting up five runs in the seventh and blowing the game open.
The College of Charleston's five-run seventh inning was highlighted by a bases-clearing double by Welke, a senior catcher who had five RBI in the game.
The loss was the fourth consecutive conference road loss for Delaware (15-17, 3-4 CAA). Like Friday's game, the Blue Hen offense was unable to produce against Cougar pitching as Delaware produced just four hits on the day.
Delaware's Ryan Hartley had two hits in the game, while Norm Donkin and Doug Trimble accounted for the other two Blue Hen hits.
Delaware’s lone run came on a bases-loaded walk to Joe Giacchino in the fifth inning. Although the junior was credited with an RBI, he was unable to get a hit in Saturday’s game and had his 11-game hitting streak snapped.
The third and final game of the series will take place at 1 p.m. Sunday.