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Joe Giacchino was the only Blue Hen to have more than one hit in Sunday's defeat.
Courtesy: Mark Campbell

Blue Hens Fall to College of Charleston 8-3 as Cougars Complete CAA Weekend Sweep over Delaware

Courtesy: Delaware Athletics
Release: 04/13/2014
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MT. PLEASANT, S.C. -  Despite drawing first blood with a two-run first inning, the University of Delaware baseball team was able to muster just one more run the rest of the day and fell to College of Charleston 8-3 Sunday in a Colonial Athletic Association game at Patriot's Point Park.

The loss completed a three-game sweep by College of Charleston, which outscored the Hens 26-6 during the three-game set.

Delaware starter Chad Martin was unable to get through the fifth inning and picked up his third loss of the season. The College of Charleston pitching was too much for the Blue Hen offense to handle throughout the series. On Sunday,  Cougar starting pitcher Tyler Thornton took his turn against the Delaware lineup and gave up only one earned run in seven innings pitched.

Delaware’s two runs in the first inning came on a Norm Donkin RBI double and a Zach Lopes RBI single. The Blue Hen first inning offensive effort was also aided by two errors committed by College of Charleston.

“This really was just a tough weekend all the way around,” said University of Delaware head coach Jim Sherman, whose team fell to 0-5 in CAA road games this season. “This series was very disappointing after playing so well last weekend against Northeastern. We just have to play better in every facet of the game.”

College of Charleston (24-11, 7-2 CAA) answered Delaware’s early scoring with a three-run second inning. The inning was highlighted by a two-run single from Champ Rowland.

The Cougars added on another three runs in the fourth inning. Gunnar Heidt had a two-run single in the inning and Carl Wise added another run on a sacrifice fly.

The Blue Hens (15-18, 3-5 CAA) recorded their third and final run in the seventh inning on freshman Jeremy Ake’s first career home run. Ake’s homer was the first home run from a Delaware hitter in seven games.

After having his 11-game hitting streak snapped in Saturday’s contest, Joe Giacchino recorded two hits in Sunday’s game. The junior was the only Blue Hen batter to record more than one hit in the game. Three of Delaware’s six hits in the game were doubles.


Delaware pitcher Luke Alicknavitch relieved Martin in the fifth inning and went on to pitch 2.2 innings and allowed two runs. Freshman John Geffre came on for Alicknavitch and pitched the final inning for the Blue Hens.

The Blue Hens will next be in action this Tuesday as they host Temple at Bob Hannah Stadium at 3 p.m.
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