Milley, Glover Lead the Way as Blue Hens Finish Off Weekend Sweep of Penn State
NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware baseball team closed out an 11-game home stand in dominating style Sunday afternoon as the Blue Hens completed a weekend sweep of Big 10 member Penn State with an 8-0 victory at Bob Hannah Stadium.
Delaware starter Kevin Milley struck out a career-high nine batters over seven innings and combined with two relievers to limit Penn State (6-11) to three hits. Left-fielder Jordan Glover provided the offensive fireworks with a seventh-inning grand slam.
The Hens (11-7), who swept a doubleheader against the Nittany Lions on Saturday with wins of 6-1 and 5-0, have now won three straight games and closed out the home stand with a 9-2 record.
Delaware earned its first series sweep over a Power Five conference opponent since they swept Penn State in 2001.
The Hens posted back-to-back shutouts for the first time blanking LaSalle in consecutive games in 2013. UD previous sweep was last April (8-10) against Hofstra.
“I cannot remember a better weekend over the past decade than what we had this weekend,” Delaware head coach Jim Sherman said. “We got three outstanding efforts from (Brandon) Walter, (Nick) Spadafino, and (Kevin) Milley. Even the relievers out of the bullpen did a great job for us. It was just one of those three-game sets that hopefully propels us into conference play.”
Delaware outscored Penn State 19-1 for the weekend and outhit the Nitany Lions 29-10. The Blue Hens led for 24 out of the 27 innings and struck out 35 batters.
The game was close through the first five and one-half innings as the Hens clung to slim 1-0 lead.
In the sixth the Blue Hens exploded for a pair runs and three hits. Nick Tierno led off with a triple into the right-center and later scored on an RBI single by Glover.
Later in the inning, Glover stole second and advanced to third on an errant throw. Designated hitter Doug Trimble followed with a double down the left-field line, scoring Glover.
After Milley ended his day with a 6-4-3 double play in the seventh, the Blue Hens bats came alive again.
Third baseman Diaz Nardo (above left) got the Hens started with a leadoff double. After a strikeout, Penn State walked Kevin Mohollen and Tierno to load the bases for the dangerous Glover, who did not disappoint.
On the very first pitch Glover saw from PSU relief pitcher Tom Mullin, the All-American candidate socked a ball well over the 365 sign in right centerfield for a home run. The slam, Glover’s second of the year, upped the UD lead to 7-0.
Kyle Hinton came on to throw a scoreless eighth inning and the Blue Hens added their eighth run of the contest in the bottom half. For the ninth, Sherman turned to Colman Vila who retired the side on just eight pitches, sealing the win and the sweep for the Hens.
During the weekend, UD received 21 innings of shutout ball from Walter, Spadafino, and Milley. The trio allowed just five hits and struck out 31 batters, including 17 by Walter in Saturday’s opener.
The Blue Hens will be idle until Friday when they head down to James Madison for the first Colonial Athletic Association games of the season. The Dukes are currently a CAA-best 14-4 and have won six out of seven and 13 out of 16.
“Going into next weekend, we just need to get the good pitching and the timely hitting that we got this weekend,” said Sherman. “Diaz Nardo is starting to heat up and the middle of the order has been solid. At the top of the order, Kevin Mohollen has been just unbelievable in terms of getting on base and being a catalyst for us.”
• This week, the Blue Hens batted .301 as a team, the third consecutive week that Delaware has batted over .300.
• The Blue Hens improved to 7-1 when they hit at least one home run and 9-1 when hitting two or more.
• Delaware pitchers had 35 strikeouts this weekend, highlighted by 19 game one strikeouts.
• The Blue Hens are now 7-2 when they score the first run of the game.
• With today’s victory the Hens are 9-1 when they score six runs or more.
• Trimble also had a big week as he batted .412 over the four games and hit three doubles, a home run and had five RBI. He extended his hitting streak to 14 games
• For the week Nardo batted .545 with six hits, four doubles and five runs scored. The third baseman also drove in three runs.
• Mohollen is now batting .414 this season and raised his on-base percentage to .500 for the season. He hit .500 for the week with seven hits, three runs scored, two doubles and five RBI
• Glover now has a team-high 20 RBI this season. With his seventh-inning grand slam, Glover is now batting 4-6 with two grand slams and 12 RBI in bases loaded situations.
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