Long Ball Pushes Hens to Series Sweep of Hofstra
NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware socked five home runs Sunday afternoon as the Blue Hen baseball squad defeated Hofstra 11-4 to post their first Colonial Athletic Association series sweep of the season and third overall this year.The Blue Hens are now a blistering 16-3 at Bob Hannah Stadium this season and have scored 10 or more runs in nine of those 19 games.
Delaware senior catcher Brian Mayer continued his hot streak as he produced a pair of home runs for the second consecutive day and outfielder Calvin Scott went 3-4 with a pair of doubles and two runs scored.
Mayer had two home runs, a double, and six RBI in Saturday's 17-7 win and finished the series hitting .500 (6 for 12) with four home runs, 12 RBI, and a 1.467 slugging pct. He entered the weekend with just 14 total RBI on the season.
Scott hit .647 (11-17) for the week (four games) with four doubles, seven RBI, and seven runs scored.
“Well, we could not have asked for a better weekend as the sweep is the ultimate prize,” Delaware head coach Jim Sherman said. “This weekend we produced in all facets of the game. We hit extremely well, pitched well, and defended well. Overall, this was a really great weekend and I am very proud of our guys.”
On Sunday, Delaware starter Brandon Walter pitched five shutout innings, grinding his way to his fourth win of the season.
In the second inning, outfielder Jordan Glover hit his eighth home run of the season. The two -un homer gave the Blue Hens (20-14, 7-5 CAA) a 2-0 lead over the Pride (8-25, 2-7 CAA).
After Walter fired a scoreless third and fourth, the Hens padded the lead on a Mayer two-run home run in the fourth.
Walter completed his outing with a scoreless fifth and Jeremy Ake hit the Hens' third home run of the day. The solo shot was Ake’s first of the season and gave the Hens a 6-0 advantage.
The Hens scored three runs in both the sixth and seventh to take a commanding 11-4 lead. In the seventh, Mayer hit his second two-run homer of the afternoon and Nick Tierno hit a solo shot.
In total, three Hens relievers combined to throw four innings where they did not allow an earned run. The performance on the mound lowered the team ERA to 4.65, just one-tenth of a point behind UNCW for the best mark in the CAA.
The win improves Delaware to a season-best six games over .500 and pushes the Hens to 7-5 in conference play, the third best mark in the CAA.
Delaware will return to the diamond on Tuesday when it hosts Saint Joseph’s. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. The game will be the final non-conference home game of the season for Delaware.
• Delaware has won six in a row at home, and 10 out of its last 11 at Bob Hannah Stadium
• The Hens improve to 15-2 when scoring at least eight runs this season. Delaware is 11-1 when scoring 10 or more.
• Delaware has contributed four consecutive games with 10 or more hits. The Hens have produced 10 or more hits 20 times this season.
• The Hens currently lead the CAA in batting average (.320) and are 7-1 this season when hitting multiple home runs in a game.
• Mayer’s two-homer day increased his season total to eight. His eight homers are tied with Glover for the team lead. He has recorded a hit in six consecutive starts.
• Diaz Nardo has reached base in 27 consecutive games.
• Delaware reached 20 wins for the 45th straight season since 1973
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