The No. 3 seed Delaware finished the season with a 33-22 record, the most for the Blue Hens since 2004, while the No. 5 seed Northeastern (29-25) continues to play in the loser’s bracket of the tournament.
“It was a tough loss, but give credit to Northeastern,” said Delaware head coach Jim Sherman. “Sometimes you win those games and sometimes the ball goes through and you lose them.”
With a three-run lead, 6-3, entering the bottom of the ninth inning, the Blue Hens surrendered a leadoff home run to Northeastern’s Rob Fonseca. Will Dougherty added a one-out RBI single that brought NU within one run. With two outs and the bases loaded, Jason Vosler produced the game-deciding hit, a two-run single to right field that clinched the win for the Huskies.
Ben Foster (2-1) threw 2.1 innings of relief and held the Hens to one earned run on four hits, one walk and four strikeouts en route to his second win of the season.
Blue Hen reliever Eric Buckland (3-4) suffered the loss after he was charged with two earned runs on two hits and one walk in 0.2 innings pitched in the final inning.
The Blue Hens took a 3-1 lead in the top of the fourth inning with a pair of run-scoring singles by Cameron Travalini and Ty Warrington. In the top of the fifth inning, Nick Ferdinand (above right) slugged his 15th home run of the season, a two-run shot to center field handed Delaware a 5-3 lead. A bases-loaded walk drawn by Chris Branigan forced in DJ Long for Delaware’s final run in the game.
UD starter Adam Davis entered the ninth inning with a three-run lead, but received a no-decision. The junior right-hander held the Dukes to five earned runs on eight hits, one walk and five strikeouts in eight innings on the mound.
“I feel bad for Davis, he has pitched as well as anyone on our staff for the past month,” said Sherman. “For some reason this season we just didn’t come through for him.”
Northeastern took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on Michael Fosters’s sacrifice fly that scored Aaron Barbosa. Josh Puttress’ RBI single capped a two-run frame for the Huskies and knotted the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the fourth inning. It would be NU’s final runs until the ninth inning.
Kevin Ferguson was handed a no-decision after the Huskies left-hander surrendered five runs (three earned) on nine hits, one walk and four strikeouts in 6.2 innings pitched.
Thursday’s pair of losses at the CAA Baseball Championships marked the final games that seven seniors –Branigan, Buckland, Andrew Burgess, Ferdinand, Long, Steve Richter and Matt Soren – played for the University of Delaware.“To all the seniors I really appreciate the fun run that these guys have been on,” said Sherman. “They have been great young men and true ambassadors for the program.”