Delaware Shuts Down Lafayette With Pair of 3-0 Victories Over Leopards in Doubleheader Sweep
EASTON, Pa. -- The University of Delaware softball team continued its recent run of dominant pitching performances as Kelly Lupton and Carolyn Szymanski each fired shutouts during a pair of 3-0 wins in a doubleheader sweep of Lafayette Wednesday afternoon at Metzgar Field.
The Blue Hens have now recorded shutouts in six of their last eight games, improving to 18-17 while moving over the .500 mark for the first time this season. The Leopards fell to 4-23 on the campaign after dropping the twinbill.
During the opener, Delaware scored all three of its runs during the top of the first inning. Jessica Grisler led off the game with a double to leftfield, and after she moved to third on a groundout, she scored by beating the throw to the plate on a squeeze bunt by Sarah Bencivenga. One out later Gabby Klecko laced a single to left, driving home Lisa Stacevicz and Szymanski to put the Blue Hens up three.
That would be plenty of run support for Lupton, who scattered five hits while firing her third shutout in the last eight days. She struck out five batters and walked just one during the complete game effort to improve her record to 6-4 on the year.
The Leopards put two runners on base in the bottom of the sixth inning on a pair of singles, but Lupton escaped the jam by striking out Lafayette first baseman Kristyn Martinelli to escape the jam. She then worked around a two-out double in the seventh to close out the victory.
The nightcap remained scoreless until the top of the sixth inning, when Jones led off by getting hit by a pitch before Grisler worked a walk. Following a strikeout both runners executed a double steal, with Jones scoring the first run of the game on a throwing error by Lafayette catcher Jenna Kulback. One out later Stacevicz ripped a single to left, chasing home Grisler to give Delaware a two-run cushion.
The Blue Hens added an insurance run in the seventh as Klecko led off with a bunt single and eventually scored on a two-out double to right by Jones.
Szymanski allowed two runners in the bottom of the seventh but then retired Leopards third baseman Stephanie Schreiber on a groundout to third to secure the victory. Szymanski improved to 10-9 on the year after allowing just two hits and a walk while striking out three batters during the complete game win.
Klecko again had two hits for Delaware, while Stacevicz and Jones each recorded one.
Delaware returns to Colonial Athletic Association play this weekend, beginning with a 12 noon doubleheader at Towson on Saturday.