WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – The University of Delaware rode a pair of ninth inning and 10th inning runs to a 6-4 extra-inning victory Sunday afternoon over William & Mary at Plumeri Park.

The Blue Hens (28-23, 12-9) enjoyed leads of 1-0 and 2-1 in Sunday’s game, but three unearned William & Mary (15-35, 3-18 CAA) runs in the eighth gave the home team a 4-2 lead going to the top of the ninth. In the ninth, Delaware scored twice to tie the game at 4-4. In the bottom of the ninth, senior Matt Hornich (2-3) pitched a scoreless frame to send the game to extras.

With one out in the 10th inning, senior Calvin Scott singled to give Delaware a baserunner. With the go-ahead runner at first base, freshman Jordan Hutchins doubled home Scott to give Delaware a 5-4 lead.

Delaware made it 6-4 one batter later when Ben Werkheiser singled home Hutchins. After Hornich retired the first out in the 10th inning a double by William & Mary prompted a pitching change for Delaware, as Clay Conaway entered. Conaway quickly recorded the final two outs on a diving catch by Scott and a strikeout.

Freshman Chris Ludman turned in the strongest start of his career, going six innings allowing just one run and three hits. The righty struck out a career-best 11 earning a no-decision.

The Blue Hens struck first Sunday when Hutchins tripled with one man out in the second. The shortstop scored one batter later on a Diaz Nardo single.

William & Mary answered with a solo home run in the second, tying the game at one.

The score remained 1-1 until the sixth when Delaware re-took the lead. Catcher Zack Miller walked to lead-off the frame and advanced to second base with one out on a sacrifice bunt. A passed ball advanced the freshman to third, allowing him to score on a Kyle Baker sacrifice fly.

The Blue Hens held the 2-1 lead until the eighth inning when William & Mary added the three unearned runs to take a 4-2 advantage.

Needing two runs to tie, the Blue Hens quickly placed the tying runs on base, as Scott doubled and Hutchins walked. After a strikeout, Delaware loaded the bases when Andrew Reich was hit with a pitch. 

With the tying runs in scoring position, Delaware coach Jim Sherman summoned Austin Niggebrugge as a pinch-hitter, who worked a nine-pitch walk that scored Scott. The Blue Hens quickly tied the game at four when Mohollen was hit with a breaking ball.

In the bottom of the ninth, W&M doubled with one out, but Hornich recorded a strikeout and a fly out to send the game to extras.

After getting the lead, Conaway and Hornich combined to work a scoreless 10th to give Delaware the sweep over William & Mary. The Blue Hens return to action Tuesday afternoon when La Salle comes to Bob Hannah Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 3:00 PM.

Head coach Jim Sherman:
“Today was a big character win for this team. Our guys today refused to give in and were resilient. I thought the guys were really determined to get the sweep today. We had really good at-bats and showed great discipline when William & Mary really started to struggle with their control. It was great to see our guys come back after the tough bottom of the eighth. We got a sweep and we’re happy. We have our last four games at home where we play well, so that’s a good sign. Northeastern’s going to be a tough challenge for us, as they lead our conference right now. We need to take it one game at a time, but if we can put together another strong weekend like we had this weekend we can potentially move up to the second spot, which would get us a bye. A lot of things need to happen in other series, but that’s still our goal. We need to win games and see if things break our way.

On Ludman:
“I’m really glad that we got two really good St Mark’s pitchers who are helping us. Obviously, we know that Billy Sullivan IV has been great, but now Ludman has really taken control of the Sunday role for us. We’re really fortunate to have those two guys be impact players and freshman for us. I’m excited about Luddy’s future and his knowledge of how to pitch. Coach [Troy] O’Neal has done a really good job with him.”

HEN SCRATCHINGS: 
• The Blue Hens have won five straight CAA games. 
• UD improves to 4-1 this season in extra-innings.
• The Hens are 22-4 this season when out-hitting opponents, and to 24-5 when allowing fewer than five runs.  
• Delaware struck out 44 batters in 28 innings this weekend. 
• Hutchins went 3-4 and scored a career-best three runs today. 
• The shortstop is now hitting .324 for the season. 
• Ludman's 11 strikeouts are a new career-high. 
• Hornich earned his first victory since he defeated Maryland (Mar. 8). 
• Conaway earned his second save of the season.