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Bryant Sweeps Delaware Baseball in Afternoon Doubleheader

Courtesy: Delaware Athletics
Release: 03/21/2014
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BEL AIR, Md. -- The University of Delaware’s baseball team suffered two one-sided losses Friday afternoon as Bryant swept the non-league doubleheader at Harford Community College.

The Blue Hens fell by scores of 14-2 and 11-0 and suffered their two biggest losses of the season to push their losing streak to three games.

The two teams will meet again Saturday for another doubleheader at Harford CC beginning at 12 noon.

"Today we just ran into an old fashioned buzz saw," said Delaware head coach Jim Sherman. "They just outplayed us in every facet of the game. You've got to tip your cap to them today. They are the best club we have played so far this year. The good thing is that we have two more shots at them tomorrow. I know our guys will be hungry and ready to play."

In the first game, the Blue Hens (9-11) scored the game’s first run on a Zach Lopes RBI groundout, but their lead was short-lived.  Bryant quickly answered with a four-run second inning that was highlighted by a home run from Carl Anderson. The Bulldogs then added to their lead in the fourth inning when Brandon Bingel hit a two-out, two-run single.
Bryant (9-7) roughed up Delaware starter Dan Gatto for 10 runs on 10 hits in five innings. Gatto came into the game with a 3-2 record and a 2.31 ERA in 35 innings pitched this season, but was let down by his team’s fielding throughout the game. The Blue Hens committed five errors in the game that gave the Bulldogs extended innings and contributed to Bryant’s offensive explosion.

The Blue Hens’ second run was scored in the fifth inning on a Joe Giacchino two-out RBI single. That would be the last run Delaware would score all day.

While Delaware’s defense and pitching had their struggles, the offense did not fair much better. The Blue Hens were only able to muster six total hits and Norm Donkin was the only player to have a multi-hit game Bryant added insult to injury with a four-run eighth inning which included a two-run RBI double from first baseman Robby Rinn.

The second game of the doubleheader followed a similar plot line – hot Bulldog bats and inept Blue Hen fielding and offense.

Big innings highlighted another Bryant victory over Delaware. The game was broken open early when Dan Celucci doubled with the bases loaded, scoring three and giving the Bulldogs what would prove to me an insurmountable lead.

The lead was insurmountable because Bryant RHP Kevin McAvoy pitched an absolute gem. McAvoy pitched a complete game (which was seven innings in the shortened game) giving up zero runs on only three hits with six strikeouts.  McAvoy was dominant as he faced the minimum through four innings and did not allow a Blue Hen to advance past first base.

For the Blue Hens, senior RHP Connor Hibbs struggled and suffered his first loss of the year. Hibbs gave up eight runs on seven hits in three innings of work.

While Hibbs did not have his best stuff and didn't help himself either as he accounted for three of the four total errors the Blue Hens committed in the second game of the doubleheader.

The offensive highlight for the Bulldogs was Jordan Mountford titanic home run to right field in the sixth inning. It was Mountford’s second home run of the day and accounted for the last three of Bryant’s 11 total runs

Zach Lopes, Cameron Travalini and Ryan Hartley were the only Blue Hens to have hits.

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