Blue Hens Fall to William & Mary 11-4; Square Off Against Northeastern Tonight in Elimination Game
WILMINGTON, N.C. - William & Mary showed why it has one of the top offensive attacks in the country Thursday afternoon as the Tribe bats overwhelmed the University of Delaware’s pitching on the way to an 11-4 victory over the Blue Hens in the second round of the Colonial Athletic Association Baseball Championship at UNCW’s Brooks Field.
The game was a story of missed opportunities for the Blue Hens offense as UD was able to bash out 14 hits but was able to score just four runs. Delaware stranded nine runners on base in the game.
Delaware (25-26), which opened the CAA Tournament with a 4-3 win over Northeastern on Wednesday, will now face the Huskies again later Thursday night at 7 p.m. The loser of that game will be elminated from the tournament with the winner moving on to the third round Friday.
Chad Martin took the loss for Delaware as the freshman gave up seven earned runs and allowed six walks in 5.1 innings of work.
Jason Inghram earned the victory for the No. 1 seed Tribe (33-20). The righty allowed a season-high 14 hits, but was able to limit the damage in the run column.
The Hens trailed just 6-4 after five innings but William & Mary scored a single run in the sixth and exploded for four more in the seventh to pull away.
The Blue Hens drew first blood in the first inning on a Jake Clark two-run double to give Delaware the early 2-0 lead. The Tribe did not waste any time answering as Ryan Hissey tied the game with a two-run home run in the bottom half of the first.
William & Mary then scored three more runs in the bottom of the second to take the lead for good at 5-2.
Zach Lopes tightened the margin with a two-run home run in the third inning - his first round-tripper of the season - but those would be the last runs the Blue Hens would score.
The Tribe added one run in the third and sixth innings before breaking the game open on a Josh Smith grand slam off John Geffre in the seventh inning. The home run was Smith’s first dinger of the season.
Delaware was able to keep potent hitters like CAA Player of the Year Michael Katz and Nick Thompson in check, but it was the bottom half of William & Mary’s order that proved to be trouble for the Blue Hens.
The top three hitters in the Tribe’s order went a combined 1-for-11 with no RBI, while William & Mary’s eight and nine hitters each had four RBI in the game.
Six Blue Hen batters recorded multi-hit games, while Lopes and Clark led UD with two RBI each.
Hissey led the Tribe’s effort with four hits on the game while Smith and Tim Hoehn each had a team-high four RBI in the winning effort. Hoehn also matched his season total with two round trippers in the 11-4 victory.
After the Blue Hens defeated Northeastern yesterday, the Huskies were able to stave off elimination with a 3-1 victory over James Madison Wednesday night.
The Blue Hens are 4-0 against the Huskies this season and will send southpaw Brandon Hinkle to the mound to start the game. The senior is 4-1 on the season, but has only started two games since April 5.