Despite winning the first game of the series on Friday, 6-1, Delaware (31-19, 13-11 CAA) dropped the three-game set following a 3-1 setback Saturday and Sunday's loss. Northeastern improved to 27-22 (11-13 CAA).
Delaware owned a 3-1 lead with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning when Northeastern loaded the bases behind three-straight walks issued by Blue Hens starter Matt Soren. With the sacks packed, Michael Foster slugged a bases-clearing, three-run triple to the right-center field wall as the Huskies grabbed a 4-3 lead.
Northeastern added a final run in the bottom of the seventh inning when Blue Hen reliever Dan Gatto’s wild pitch scored Sean Lyons from third base and gave NU a 5-3 advantage.
“We just got out played in the rubber-match game of the series,” said Delaware head coach Jim Sherman. “Northeastern came through with some really good defensive plays and came up with the big triple in the fifth inning.”
UD produced four hits in the defeat as Cameron Travalini (at right) was the only Blue Hen with a two-hit game that included one RBI and two runs scored.
The Blue Hens took a 2-1 lead over the Huskies in the top of the second inning behind Travalini’s RBI single to center field and Brock Niggebrugge’s RBI double to left-center.
Delaware added a final run in the top of the fifth inning after Travalini tripled to the right-center field gap and scampered home on a ground out.
Soren (4-4) suffered the loss for the Blue Hens as the right-hander was charged with four earned runs on five hits, four walks and four strikeouts in 4.2 innings pitched.
Northeastern collected seven hits in the win as Rob Fonseca and Foster each had two-hit games for the Huskies. Behind the three-run triple in the fifth inning, Foster had a four RBI game.
Huskies starter Kevin Ferguson (6-4) threw eight innings and held the Blue Hens to three earned runs on four hits and four walks with nine strikeouts. Foster earned his second-straight save over the weekend as the right-hander completed the hitless ninth frame with two strikeouts that sealed the Huskies win.
Delaware completes its regular season with a three-game CAA weekend series against James Madison beginning Thursday, May 16, at 3:00 p.m. at Bob Hannah Stadium.
“We will be ok,” said Sherman. “I believe our seniors will get us to play our best in the last series at home against James Madison.”The Blue Hens will hand the ball to right-hander Chad Kuhl (9-2, 3.20 earned-run average) in Thursday’s series opener against the Dukes.