Offense Stays Hot, Milley Records First Career Win as Delaware Downs Temple 12-4 in Liberty Bell Classic Opener
The 12-run output marked the fifth time this season that the Blue Hens (11-14) tallied at least 10 runs in a game. Delaware did not score in the final five innings, but the Hens inflicted enough damage in the first four innings to put the game out of reach.
Delaware, the defending Liberty Bell Classic champion, now advances to the LBC semifinals against an opponent yet to be determined. That game will be played on Apr. 8 at Bob Hannah Stadium.
Every Blue Hen starter recorded at least one hit in the game and Joe Giacchino, Greg Olenski, and Ryan Hartley each had three hits on the day. Delaware’s 15 hits were the third highest total the team has recorded in a game this season.
Giacchino scored the first run of the day for Delaware and also had a two RBI in the game. Olenski scored three runs and drove in four, giving the junior nine total RBI on the season. Hartley knocked in two runs on three hits while scoring one run.
After taking the loss in his first start for the Blue Hens vs. Maryland back on Mar. 18, freshman Kevin Milley bounced back to earn his first career win. The lefty did not give up a run in five innings, struck out six, and only gave up three hits.
“It was a good day on the mound and with the bats,” said Delaware head coach Jim Sherman. “Kevin Milley did a good job pitching five shutout innings with six strikeouts to get his first college win. Offensively, Olenski, Giacchino and Hartley all had great days at the plate.”
Brock Niggebrugge, Luke Alicknavitch, and Norm Donkin pitched the remaining innings and were able to close out the victory for the Blue Hens.
Temple (7-14, 2-4) starting pitcher Simon Mathews was only able to pitch two innings. The freshman gave up five runs on five hits and was replaced by redshirt junior Phil Gianakos who gave up seven runs in two innings.
Temple received most of its offense from the bat of Robert Amaro, who accounted for two hits and three RBI.
The Blue Hen pitchers also received help from the defense behind them as Delaware played an errorless game for the first time in the last seven outings.