Martin's Gem Sends Delaware Baseball to Series Sweep with 4-0 Win over Fairfield; Sherman Wins 400th Game at UD
BEL AIR, Md. -- The University of Delaware, which used its hot bats to post big victories over Fairfield the last two days, rode the arm of Chad Martin to victory Sunday as the redshirt freshman right-hander hurled a two-hitter and struck out 13 Stags batters to lead the Blue Hens to a 4-0 baseball victory at Harford Community College.
Delaware (9-8), which extended its win streak to three and won for the fifth time in the last six outings, got the big effort on the mound from Martin and used a three-run seventh inning to take control in the low-scoring affair. Fairfield (3-8) lost its fourth straight game. Delaware posted its first series sweep since taking three from former Colonial Athletic Association foe George Mason last Apr. 5-7.
The victory was a milestone one for the Blue Hens as head coach Jim Sherman earned his 400th career victory while at the helm of Delaware. He is now 400-329 in his 14th season and is one of only four coaches in UD athletics history to reach that milestone, joining his predecessor Bob Hannah (1,053 wins in 1965-2000), former volleyball head coach Barb Viera, and former softball head coach B.J. Ferguson.
Martin, who took a no-hitter into the seventh inning last Sunday in an 11-1 win over Rider, enjoyed his second straight impressive outing as he pitched his first career complete game and shutout for the Blue Hens.
He struck out 13 batters and did not issue a walk, He retired the first 11 Fairfield batters before Ryan Plourde's fourth inning double. He then mowed down the next seven batters before Rob LoPinto singled to lead-off the seventh. No Stag runner advanced past second base the entire game.
"What a dominating performance by Chad Martin with 13 strikeouts and going all nine innings for the shutout," said Sherman, whose team is now 6-3 in games at Harford CC this season. "We got a big two-out hit by our senior captain Alex Mottle, which got us going offensively. Overall, this was a great weekend, outscoring Fairfield 29-6."
Delaware defeated Fairfield 10-2 in the series opener Friday and then used a season-highs of 15 runs, 23 hits, and five home runs en route to a 15-4 win on Saturday.
After Martin and Fairfield's Aaron Howell battled to a 0-0 stalemate over the first five innings, the Hens finally put a run across in the sixth as Mottle connected on a two-out RBI single to rightfield to score EJ Stoltzfus, who had reached base on an error.
Delaware then sealed the win with three runs in the seventh inning. Doug Trimble, who led the inning off with a single, scored on an error by Fairfield centerfielder Alex Witkus to push the lead to 2-0. Stoltzfus later added an RBI single and Norm Donkin brought home another run with a groundout.
Martin became the first Delaware pitcher to hurl a complete game shutout since Michael Londino tossed a two-hitter in a 6-0 win over Delaware State on Mar. 16, 2010. The 13 strikeouts werwe the most by a Blue Hen hurler since Matt Soren struck out 15 La Salle batters as part of a 2-0 Delaware victory on May 4, 2013.
Delaware will continue action this Tuesday, March 18 when the Blue Hens host Maryland at 6:30 p.m. at Harford CC. The Hens will be looking to avenge a 10-1 loss at Maryland last Tuesday.