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Zach Lopes had two hits vs. Manhattan and an RBI vs. Campbell
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Runs Hard to Come by as Delaware Baseball Falls to Manhattan, Campbell at First Day of Campbell Invitational

Courtesy: Delaware Athletics
Release: 02/22/2014
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BUIES, CREEK, N.C. -- The University of Delaware endured a tough day at the plate Saturday as the Blue Hens managed just four runs over two games and dropped decisions to Manhattan and Campbell during the first day of the Campbell University Baseball Invitational at Jim Perry Stadium.

Delaware (1-4) fell to Manhattan 7-2 in the opener and then dropped a 9-2 decision to the host Camels later in the afternoon. The Hens will close out the two-day, three-team event Sunday when they take on Manhattan at 12 noon and Campbell at 3 p.m.

“Overall, this just wasn’t a good day,” said Delaware head coach Jim Sherman. “We are disappointed, but as baseball goes, we have a chance to back-back (two wins) tomorrow with two more games.”

In the opener, Manhattan (1-1) scored single runs in the first two innings before breaking a 2-2 tie with two runs in the fifth inning on an RBI single by Vin Teixeira and a run-scoring groundout by Joe McClennan.

After falling behind 2-0, Delaware tied the game at 2-2 in the fourth inning. EJ Stoltzfus was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning, moved to third on a double by Norm Donkin, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Alex Mottle. Donkin then stole third base and scored when Jake Clark grounded out to shortstop.

Joey Rocchietti allowed just four hits and struck out five in six inning to pick up the win for Manhattan. Freshman John Geffre suffered the loss for Delaware in his first career start.

Donkin had two doubles and stole two bases and Zach Lopes banged out two hits for Delaware.

In the nightcap, Campbell used a six-run third inning to take control and never looked back in posting the 9-2 victory. The Camels, who banged out 12 hits on the day, added a single run in the sixth and two more in the eighth for the victory. The third inning featured four Campbell hits and three Delaware errors as 10 batters came to the plate.

Delaware managed eight hits in the second game but was plagued by six errors as just three of the runs allowed by the Blue Hens were earned. The Hens trailed 7-0 before pushing two runs across in the seventh inning as Tyler Powell led off with a single, went to third on a double by Ryan Hartley, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Lopes. Hartley then scored when Giacchino pinch-hit and grounded out to first base.

Delaware’s Dan Gatto (1-1) suffered the loss as he went 6.2 innings and allowed seven runs with only two of them earned. Campbell’s Hector Cedano (2-0) went six scoreless innings to earn the win.

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