This Week in Blue Hens Athletics History

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University of Delaware Athletics takes a weekly look back at some of the more memorable dates in Blue Hen history.

BASEBALL: Late Home Run by Swartz Lifts Delaware Over Washington College

April 23, 1960

NEWARK, Del.  -- A 350-foot home run by Jerry Swartz with a man on in the eighth inning helped the University of Delaware baseball team down Washington (Md.) College by a 6-3 score on Frazer Field.

Swartz, a reserve first baseman for the Blue Hens, had entered the game the previous inning and grounded out in his first at bat. However, the left-hander made his second one count as he lofted the ball over the fence off Washington College reliever John Leverage to clinch the victory.

Delaware catcher Papp Lukk also scored on the home run to highlight a four-run inning and lift Delaware to a 6-1 lead. Washington College scored two runs in the ninth but it was not enough as the Hens won their sixth straight game.

Rusty Gates went the distance on the mound for Delaware to pick up the win as he scattered nine hits, allowed just one earned run, and did not walk a batter while striking out six.

Shortstop Karl Franz collected three hits for the Hens, including an RBI double in the sixth inning that gave Delaware a 2-1 lead. Third baseman Homer Reihm also collected two hits and an RBI while Lukk added an RBI for Delaware.