Delaware's Offense Struggles, Blue Hens Fall to College of Charleston 6-2 in CAA Baseball Series Opener
MT. PLEASANT S.C. – The University of Delaware of baseball team was unable to earn its first conference road victory of the season as the Blue Hens fell to College of Charleston 6-2 in a Colonial Athletic Association game Friday evening.
College of Charleston (22-11, 5-2 CAA) drew first blood with a three-run third inning. The inning was highlighted by a home run from senior Ryan Welke and gave College of Charleston a lead they would not relinquish.
Dan Gatto (3-5) took the loss for the Blue Hens, while Taylor Clarke picked up his CAA-leading seventh win of the season for the Cougars.
Gatto gave up five runs on 10 hits in six innings pitched. The senior has now been unable to earn a victory in his last four starts.
John Geffre relieved Gatto in the beginning of the seventh inning. The freshman pitched two innings and gave up one run on two hits.
The Blue Hen offense, which had been producing at a high level, struggled against Clarke and was only able to generate six hits. E.J. Stoltzfus was the only Blue Hen to have more than one hit and was responsible for driving in Delaware’s only runs.
Delaware (15-16, 3-3 CAA) was able to get on the scoreboard in the sixth inning on a two-run double from Stoltzfus. The Blue Hens had only one extra base hit on the night.
“College of Charleston just played better than we did tonight,” said University of Delaware coach Jim Sherman. “We got some good pitching from Gatto, but we just need more offensive support to win.”
Junior Joe Giacchino had just one hit in the game, but that was good enough to extend his hitting streak to 11 games.
With this being College of Charleston’s first season in the CAA, tonight’s game marked the first meeting between the Blue Hens and Cougars as conference foes.
The Blue Hens dropped their first two conference road games at William & Mary, but came back to sweep Northeastern at home last weekend.
Game two of the series will take place Saturday at 3 p.m.