Blue Hens Suffer 6-1 Baseball Loss to Nationally Ranked Louisville
CHARLESTON, S.C. – Four early runs scored by No. 8/20 University of Louisville were too much for the University of Delaware baseball team as the Blue Hens fell by a 6-1 score Sunday morning during the final day of The Citadel Homewood Suites Tournament at Riley Park.
Louisville (2-1), which entered the 2014 campaign ranked eighth in Collegiate Baseball’s preseason poll and 20th in the Baseball America poll, handed Delaware (1-2) its second loss of the tournament. On Saturday, the Hens fell to Virginia Tech before coming back with a win over West Virginia.
The Cardinals scored four earned runs in the bottom of the first Sunday and the Hens were never able to recover. Louisville scored another run in the fifth to give the Cardinals a 5-0 lead.
Finally, in the top of the sixth, Delaware was able to scratch a run of its own across the board.
Junior co-captain Joe Giacchino led off the inning with a walk and then advanced to third on a single by E.J. Stoltzfus (at left) and groundout by Norm Donkin. Freshman Doug Trimble would then enter the game as a pinch-hitter and came through with a single to plate Delaware’s lone run of the game. The hit and RBI marked the first of Trimble’s career as a Blue Hen.
The Cardinals scored an additional run in the bottom of the sixth to complete the victory.
Donkin, a first-year transfer from Harford (Md.) Community College, continued his impressive play as the junior transfer registered two hits vs. Louisville. Stoltzfus and Jake Clark (below right) also tallied two hits for the Blue Hens.
Starting left-handed pitcher Brandon Hinkle put in 4.1 innings of work and allowed five runs off six hits while striking out two but suffered the loss.
- Stoltzfus recorded multi-hit games in all three of Delaware’s tournament games
- Donkin has now notched two multi-hit games in Delaware’s last three games.
- Stoltzfus and Donkin currently own three-game hit streaks.
- Delaware and Louisville each registered nine hits in the game.
- Tyler Dean registered his first collegiate hit against the Cardinals.
- Clark’s multi-hit game is the first of his career.
- The Blue Hens return to action next week when the squad travels to Buies Creek, N.C. to participate in the Campbell University Tournament.