Red Hot Hens Sweep Weekend Series From Wagner; Sherman Wins 700th Game
NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware baseball team capped a historic week Sunday afternoon as the Blue Hens completed a perfect 6-0 week with a pair of wins over Wagner at Bob Hannah Stadium.
The Blue Hens (8-6), who extended their winning streak to six games, opened the day with a 15-7 win in the completion of Friday's suspended game and followed with a 19-6 seven-inning victory later in the day.
In the opening game Sunday, Delaware head coach Jim Sherman won his 700th overall game as a college head coach, including his six seasons as head coach at nearby Wilmington (Del.) University in 1988-94.
Sunday’s games marked the fifth consecutive contest that the Blue Hens produced at least 15 runs, a new program record.
In the six games that Delaware played this week, the Hens batted .406 as a team, scoring 95 runs (15.83 per game) on 88 hits. UD also socked 12 home runs, hit 19 doubles, and recorded six triples. For the week, Delaware posted 58 walks and an on-base percentage of .547.
“Obviously our offense is still rolling,” Sherman said. “This whole series against Wagner we just sort of hit lightning in a bottle, and all the guys hit well. [Doug] Trimble and [Nick] Patten are swinging it great and [Diaz] Nardo is starting to swing it well. Everyone through the lineup is swinging it well. Overall I am extremely pleased with the weekend. I just hope that we don’t get too much snow so we can play next weekend [vs. Penn State].”
In the final game of the series the Blue Hens produced eight first-inning runs, including a three-run home run by centerfielder Kevin Mohollen. The inning was prolonged due to a costly two-out error by right fielder Eric Lauk.
After being held scoreless in the second inning, the Blue Hens touched-up Wagner (1-9) for six runs in the third, two runs in the fourth, and three runs in fifth.In the final game against Wagner, Ake and Mohollen paced the Hens as both players drove in four runs and scored at least twice. The second game was shortened to seven innings per an NCAA 10-run mercy rule that can be used if agreed upon by each head coach before the game.
In the continuation of Friday’s suspended game, Delaware was finally able to put another win on the board after a 40-hour wait.
The game, which began on Friday afternoon, was halted in the bottom of the eighth inning with Delaware leading 10-4 due to darkness and inclement weather. Due to more weather issues on Saturday, the game was moved to Sunday.
In the win, Delaware banged out 15 hits, including seven of the extra base variety.
Delaware starter Brandon Walter earned his first win of the season as he allowed just one run in six innings and struck out a career-high nine batters.
On Monday, Delaware will look to extend its six game winning streak when the Blue Hens welcome UMass Lowell (6-6) for a 3 p.m. game. Left-hander Matt Hornich will begin the game for the Blue Hens, with Nick Spadafino due to pitch in relief.
• The Blue Hens have produced 10+ runs in five consecutive games, a new program record.
• Sherman is also just 17 wins away from 500 wins as the head man of the Blue Hens.
• UD is batting .331 as a team and has produced five straight games of 10+ hits.
• During the six-game winning streak, the Hens have produced 95 runs and are batting .406 as a team.
•The Blue Hens scored 45 runs in the three games against Wagner. This is the most a Hens team has scored in a three game set, since May 2009 (49 runs vs. Hofstra).
• Delaware improved to 6-1 when its scored at least 10 runs.
• The Blue Hens are 3-0 when they hit at least two home runs in a game.
• UD has outscored opponents 30-3 in the third inning this season.
• The Hens have scored 21 first inning runs this season, and have scored in the first in six straight games. The Hens are 6-1 when they score in the first inning.
• Patten batted .500 this week, hitting three home runs. The sophomore drove in 13 runs, scored 18 times, and complied an on-base percentage of .688.
• Six Delaware players batted at least .300 this week and seven regulars are batting over .300 this season.
• Delaware has six players with at least 10+ RBIs through its 14 games this season.
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