University of Delaware Has Five-Game Home Win Streak Snapped in 5-2 Loss to Maryland
Maryland (12-6), which defeated the Hens for the second time in a week, jumped out to a 5-1 lead after seven innings and got out of a two-on, two-out jam in the eighth frame to claim the victory.
Delaware (9-9), which is playing its home games at Harford CC while weather-related delays to renovations at Bob Hannah Stadium are completed, lost for just the fourth time in 10 home outings and had a five-game home win streak snapped.
“Maryland was just a little bit better on the mound and with the bat tonight,” said Delaware head coach Jim Sherman. “I was really happy how freshman (starter) Kevin Milley threw in his first-ever college start. He really battled and settled in after the third inning.”
Milley went six innings, allowing eight hits and just three earned runs before giving way to Eric Sawyer in the seventh. John Geffre pitched two scoreless innings of relief for Delaware as well.
The Blue Hens put up a fight in the eighth inning, pulling to within 5-2 on a two-out RBI single by pinch-hitter Greg Olenski. Delaware had two runners on with the tying run at the plate but Maryland reliever Tayler Stiles got UD rightfielder Norm Donkin to line out to centerfield to end the threat. The Hens then went down in order in the ninth.
Maryland got two RBIs each from centerfielder Charlie White and cather Kevin Martir as the Terrapins banged out 11 hits and downed the Hens for the second time in a week after posting an 10-1 victory in College Park, Md. last Tuesday. Starter Bobby Ruse (1-0) went six innings and allowed just one run and four hits.
After Maryland broke out to a 3-0 lead after three innings thanks to a two-run single by White in the second, the Hens finally got on the board in the fourth when Donkin led off the inning with a single, stole second, moved to third on a groundout, and scored on a sacrifice fly to centerfield by Alex Mottle.
The Terrapins then pushed the lead to 5-1 when Martir connected on a two-run double in the seventh.
Delaware will continue action Wednesday when they take on in-state foe Wilmington University at 7 p.m. at Harford CC.