Hot Bats and Hinkle’s Gem Lead Blue Hens to Third Straight Victory with 12-2 Win Over Northeastern
The Blue Hens’ offensive barrage included 15 total hits, four of which were doubles. The offensive explosion was highlighted by a seven-run third inning, the Hens’ second biggest single inning output of the season.
Delaware (13-14, 2-2 CAA) starting pitcher Brandon Hinkle kept the Northeastern offense at bay. The senior pitched seven scoreless innings, giving up only three hits, striking out eight Husky batters, and earning his fourth victory of the season.
“This was a great win today, probably our best of the season,” said Delaware head coach Jim Sherman, whose team pulled to within one win of .500 for the season. “Offensively our guys did a great job and Brandon Hinkle was outstanding once again.”
Freshman John Geffre relieved Hinkle in the eighth inning and closed out the game for Delaware. Geffre allowed two runs on three hits in two innings of work.
Zach Lopes, E.J. Stoltzfus, and Ty Warrington (above) each accounted for two RBI in the game and Stoltzfus and Lopes had game-highs in hits with three apiece. Senior Jake Clark also tallied three hits on the day, including an RBI double in the third inning.
While Delaware’s offense was hitting on all cylinders, the Blue Hens also received help from some mishaps from the Northeastern defense. The Huskies committed four errors on the day, but none more costly than two errors in the third inning, which kept the Delaware inning alive and allowed the Blue Hens to break the game open with a seven-run tally.
Northeastern (13-14, 2-3, CAA) starter James Mulry, the reigning CAA Pitcher of the Week, was only able to get through three innings. The lefty gave up seven runs (only one earned) on eight hits with one strikeout on the day and dropped to 1-3 on the year.
The Huskies registered their only runs in the eighth inning. Junior Jason Vosler drove in the first run and the second run was recorded when Connor Lyons scored from third base on a Geffre wild pitch.
Delaware won its third straight game while the Huskies lost for the second straight day. When Northeastern finally put two runs on the board in the eighth inning, it snapped a 26-inning scoreless streak.
The Blue Hens and Huskies will square off in the third and final game of the series Sunday at Bob Hannah Stadium. First pitched is scheduled for 1 p.m.