BROOKLINE, Mass. – Chad Kuhl’s (at right) second complete game and Nick Ferdinand’s (below left) 10th home run of the season led the University of Delaware baseball team to a 6-1 victory over Northeastern University in the Colonial Athletic Association weekend series opener Friday afternoon at NU’s Friedman Field.

Delaware (31-17, 13-9 CAA) improved to 22-2 when scoring six or more runs in a game this season while Northeastern fell to 25-22 overall and 9-13 in the conference.

“The team really showed great baseball focus today,” said Delaware head coach Jim Sherman. “I’m really proud of how the guys performed and competed.”

Kuhl (9-2) earned his fourth-straight win for the Blue Hens as the right-hander held the Huskies to one unearned run on eight hits, one walk and seven strikeouts in his second complete game through 13 starts this season.

“That was the best outing of the year by Chad,” said Sherman.  “When we needed it, he came through big-time.”

The Blue Hens smacked 11 base hits in the win and it was Delaware’s 31st game this year that Delaware pocketed double-digit base knocks. 

Ferdinand led the UD offense as the senior captain went 3-for-4 with one double, one home run, three RBI, and one run scored.  Ferdinand’s 10th home run of the season came in the fourth inning, a three-run shot over the left field wall. 

Zach Lopes added two hits that included his second home run of the year, a solo shot over the center field wall that capped UD’s four-run fourth inning.  Jimmy Yezzo paced the Hens with two runs scored as the CAA’s leading hitter went 2-for-5 and now owns a .431 batting average.

Michael Foster was the only Husky hitter with multiple hits as the second baseman collected three of NU’s eight base knocks. Northeastern tallied its only run in the second inning after an error by Blue Hen third baseman EJ Stoltzfus allowed Rob Fonseca to score from second base on Pete Castoldi’s infield single.

Northeastern’s James Mulry (2-2) suffered the loss as the left-hander surrendered five runs (three earned) on seven hits, one walk and four strikeouts in six innings of work.

Delaware and Northeastern continue their three-game weekend series with game two on Saturday, May 11 at 12 noon at Friedman Field.

The Blue Hens will send right-hander Adam Davis (4-6, 3.89 earned-run average) to the mound while the Huskies counter with right-hander Nick Berger (5-5, 3.01 ERA).