Pitching, Clutch Hitting Push Hens to Series Sweep
Vinny Vaccone (10) and Kevin Mohollen (1) celebrate Vaccone's fifth inning home run.
Photo by Jordan Burgess
Pitching, Clutch Hitting Push Hens to Series Sweep
By Delaware Athletics
Mar 4, 2018

NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware baseball program completed the three-game series sweep over Delaware State University Sunday afternoon at Bob Hannah Stadium. The Hens who won the previous two games 9-5 and 9-0, downed their in-state rivals 11-4 in a seven-inning affair.

Game One

In Delaware's 9-0 shutout, junior Kyle Hinton (left, below/Jeff Fannon) threw seven scoreless innings, scattering just a pair of hits over his 93 pitches. The righty totaled ten strikeouts and struck out at least two batters in four innings.

Clutch RBI from juniors Erik Bowren and Kyle Baker put the Hens on the board in the third, as the home squad added three runs. Sophomore Vinny Vaccone kept things going in the fourth, adding another run on an RBI single up the middle.

After the Blue Hens (4-4) and Hornets (2-6) traded zeros in the fifth and sixth, another big inning came for the Blue Hens in the seventh.

Vaccone who led off with a single, stole second and advanced to third on an error. The shortstop later scored off an RBI from junior Matt Rykaczewski. Back-to-back singles from Kevin Mohollen and Baker extended the Hens lead to 7-0.

The eighth inning saw a pitching change for the Hens, as Clay Conaway pitched another scoreless inning for Delaware.

Two more RBIs from Vaccone and Bowren gave the Hens their final two runs and a 9-0 victory.

Game Two 

Freshman Billy Sullivan IV threw four strong innings for Delaware (5-4), striking out eight Hornets (2-7) batters to earn his second Blue Hens win.

At the plate, Delaware received multiple hits from Mohollen (two doubles, three runs and three RBI), Baker (two RBI), and Vaccone (HR, two runs scored), as three different Blue Hens drove in multiple runs.

Up just 3-2 after three and one-half innings, Delaware struck for five two-out runs in the fourth. Freshman Zach Miller singled home the innings first run. The second and third runs of the inning were driven home on a two-RBI double from Mohollen. A Baker single brought home the innings fourth run, before designated hitter Mike Krusinski capped the inning off, tripling home Mohollen for the innings fifth and final run.

The Hens tacked on a run in the fifth on the Vaccone home run, and a pair of runs in the sixth on a Mohollen double and an RBI groundout from Chance DiFebbo.

Chris Ludman pitched a scoreless seventh inning to secure the victory. Delaware returns to action Tuesday afternoon at Maryland. Senior Matt Hornich (0-0, 1.69 ERA) is scheduled to pitch for Delaware. First pitch from College Park is scheduled for 4 p.m

Delaware head coach Jim Sherman: 

"It was good to see our bats come alive, recording 35 hits over the three games against Delaware State. Good to see Vinny and Mohollen get going a bit, and Baker continues to swing it well. It was good to see some of our guys pick it up a bit. We have a few guys still struggling, but they will come around. It's a long season. Once again we got great pitching. I thought Kyle was outstanding today and then the bullpen was strong too as [Colman] Vila and [Clay] Conaway threw strong innings. In the second game, Billy threw well without his best stuff. He had a long first couple of innings, and the plan was for him to only throw four with the shortened game. We wanted to get [Cole] Benjamin a couple of innings of work and then have Ludman close it out. Overall it was a great weekend and I'm proud of our guys. Now we need to get ready for the short trip down to a good Maryland team on Tuesday."  

On Tuesday's game at Maryland

"Maryland is always a good club, and this year is no different. Since we last played them, they have joined the Big Ten. Our plan right now is to start Hornich, and we've got a few others that we would like to get into game action. Overall, we're looking forward to Tuesday."

Righty Kyle Hinton

"This was a huge weekend for us to bounce back after last weekend's performance at Florida Atlantic. We always like playing at home, so I think the energy and focus was better in the dugout. Coach Troy [O'Neal] told me to pound the strike zone today and let the defense do their jobs. Hopefully, this will give us momentum going into this week."

On the strong start to his Delaware career: 

"I think I've started to turn the corner a bit, and coach Troy has always had the utmost confidence in me. It all started with me working hard over the summer and then into the fall when I found out I would be making the transition into the rotation. I think it's been about continuing to work hard and making adjustments to be the best pitcher that I can be."

• Delaware won its seventh consecutive home series dating back to last year. The Hens have now won 10 out of their last 11 home series. 
• The Blue Hens improve to 25-5 (.833) in their last 30 home games.
• UD banged out a season-best 11 hits in Sunday's first game
• Delaware scored at least nine runs in three straight games for the first time since last April 15-17, vs. Hofstra. The Hens hit .368 this weekend with 14 extra-base hits. 
• The Blue Hens allowed just seven earned runs in 25.0 innings. The Hens struck out 33 batters over that stretch. 
• Delaware had four batters hit over .500 this weekend, and five batters hit over .400. 
• Baker is now hitting .457 this season. The junior has driven in 12 runs and hit six extra-base hits through the season's first nine games. 
• This weekend Baker hit .500 (6-for-12) with three doubles and two triples. The Wilmington Charter product drove in nine runs. 
• Hinton struck-out a career-high 10 batters today. The Delaware native has now struck out 17 batters over his team-best 17.0 innings pitched. The right-hander has also pitched at least six innings in each of his last two outings. 
• Miller recorded his first career hit and RBI in the nightcap. The freshman drove in a pair of runs.

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