Delaware Softball Falls To Hampton, Host Hawai’i at Oceanic Time Warner Cable Paradise Classic
During the Blue Hens’ first game of the day, Hampton (1-1) jumped in front during the top of the first inning as Danielle Budden delivered a solo home run before Taylor Clark added an RBI single to put the Pirates up a pair early on.
Delaware (0-3) got a run right back in the bottom of the frame when Jessica Grisler led off with a double to centerfield, moved to third on a passed ball, and scored on a single to rightfield by Giovanna Kolofer.
However the Pirates seized control by plating five runs in the top of the second. Budden ripped a double to leftcenter to drive home two, while she came around to score when Taylor McCoy followed with a single to left. One batter later Kiersten Coffman replaced Kelly Lupton in the circle for Delaware, and after she retired a batter, Clark capped the rally with a two-run single.
Coffman then fired five shutout innings to give the Blue Hens a chance, but Delaware could only push across one more run in the bottom of the seventh when Sarah Bencivenga laced a two-out single up the middle and scored on a double to left by Lisa Stacevicz.
Hampton pitcher Jailynn Jackson earned the complete game victory after allowing just one earned run while Lupton dropped to 0-1 for the Blue Hens after she was charged with seven runs, just three earned, on five hits in 1.1 innings of work.
Delaware then took on Hawai’i (2-0), which is receiving votes in both preseason national polls, with the Rainbow Wahine taking the early lead in the bottom of the first inning on an RBI double by Leisha Li’ili’i.
Jazmine Zamora added a run-scoring single to centerfield in the second inning, while two more Hawai’i runners crossed the plate on a pair of Blue Hen throwing errors as the Rainbow Wahine extended its margin to 4-0.
Lindsey Willmon singled home a run in the third frame, while Kayla Wartner knocked home another with a sacrifice fly in the fifth to make it a six-run game. Taylor Curran replaced Carolyn Szymanski in the circle during the bottom of the sixth for UD, and surrendered an RBI double to Kristina Akiona during her first action of the season.
The Blue Hens mustered just two hits during the contest off Hawai’i pitcher Heather Morales, a single by Michelle McKinnon in the second and a single by Szymanski in the fifth.
Szymanski took the loss for Delaware and fell to 0-2 after she gave up six runs, four earned, on eight hits in five innings of work.