This Week in Blue Hens Athletics History

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BASEBALL: Rare Triple Plays Helps Blue Hens Knock Off Franklin & Marshall

May 5, 1959

LANCASTER, Pa.  -- The University of Delaware baseball team got back to winning ways by pounding Middle Atlantic Conference foe and host Franklin & Marshall 12-5.

The Blue Hens banged out 13 hits on offense and defensively came up with a rare feat with a triple play in the second inning with the score tied at 2-2.

With two on and no outs in the second inning, UD reliever Dick Broadbent coaxed the F&M batter to ground out to second baseman Jack Turner who threw to shortstop Karl Frantz for the first out. Frantz relayed to first baseman Dick Duerr to get the second out on the batter and then the Hens followed by getting the third out when catcher Pape Lukk made the putout on the runner from second at the plate.

Delaware third baseman Sonny Reihm went 3 for 5 with five RBI to lead the UD assault while Frantz went 2 for 4 with two RBI and Turner banged out three hits and scored twice.

Broadbent picked up the victory by allowing just two earned runs and striking out six batters in eight innings of solid relief.