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Jake Clark tallied two hits in his last game at Bob Hannah Stadium.
Courtesy: Delaware Athletics

Blue Hens Unable to Send Seniors Off with Win as the University of Delaware Falls to James Madison 7-5 in Baseball Regular Season Finale

Courtesy: Delaware Athletics
Release: 05/17/2014
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NEWARK, Del. -  The University of Delaware baseball team was unable to end the regular season on a high note Saturday as the Blue Hens fell to James Madison 7-5 in a Colonial Athletic Association matchup at Bob Hannah Stadium.

James Madison’s Patrick Toohers was able to keep the Blue Hens’ batters in check as the  junior pitched seven innings and only gave up one run and scattered five hits to pick up his first win of the season.

After scoring 24 runs in Thursday’s doubleheader against the Dukes, the Blue Hens’ offense struggled against Toohers and scored most of its runs after the righty was pulled in the seventh inning.

John Geffre took the loss for Delaware (24-25, 10-10 CAA) as the freshman allowed three runs on six hits in 4.2 innings of work. Despite the loss, Geffre still managed to strike out six James Madison batters.

With the win, James Madison (17-34, 8-12 CAA) was able to clinch the sixth seed and final spot in the CAA Baseball Championship.

The Blue Hens will next be in action this Wednesday against Northeastern in the first round of the CAA Baseball Championship in Wilmington, N.C. The first pitch is scheduled for 12 noon.

“Obviously, we are disappointed with the loss, but I think the guys really played well in the second half of today’s game,” said University of Delaware head coach Jim Sherman. “We would have loved the sweep, but we are happy with the series win and it should give us some momentum heading into postseason play.”

The James Madison offense picked up where it left off in the second game of Thursday’s doubleheader as the Dukes came out of the gate hot with a three-run first inning.

Matt Tenaglia got James Madison on the scoreboard when he launched a two-run home run off the scoreboard in right field. The home run was Tenaglia’s second dinger of the series. James Madison tacked on its third run of the inning on a Tyler Gregory RBI single.

After the first inning, Geffre calmed down and was able to pitch the next 3.2 innings unscathed. Kevin Milley, Brock Niggebrugge, and Luke Alicknavitch combined to pitch the remaining 5.1 innings of the game.

Neither team was able to light up the scoreboard again until the top of the sixth inning when the Dukes added on to their lead with a two-run home run from Gregory. James Madison then added one more run in the seventh inning when Tenaglia registered his third RBI of the game on a sacrifice fly.

Facing a six-run deficit, the enigmatic Blue Hen offense finally showed some signs of life in the eighth inning.

After Delaware loaded the bases, Norm Donkin hit a sacrifice fly to score Cameron Travalini from third base. The Blue Hens then hit three consecutive singles and drove in four more runs to cut the James Madison lead to one, but that would be as close as the Blue Hens would get.

The Dukes were able to tally on an insurance run in the top of the ninth inning and the Blue Hens went down in order in the bottom half of the inning to end the game.

Jake Clark and Zach Lopes led the Blue Hens with two hits each on the day, while four different Delaware batters knocked in one run each. Lopes was able to extend his hitting streak to 11 games, while senior E.J. Stoltzfus went 0-for-3 and saw his 10-game hitting streak snapped.

Gregory led the Dukes with four hits in the game and was tied with Tenaglia with a game-high three RBI.

With Northeastern defeating UNC-Wilmington earlier in the day, the Blue Hens squandered an opportunity to clinch the third seed in the CAA Baseball Championship with a win. Instead, Delaware will now be the fourth seed in the postseason tournament and will face Northeastern in the first round on Wednesday.

Before the game, Delaware honored the seven graduating seniors (Clark, Dan Gatto, Connor Hibbs, Brandon Hinkle, Alex Mottle, Stoltzfus, and Travalini) who were playing their final game at Bob Hannah Stadium.

Despite the loss, the significance of the Senior Day festivities was not lost on Mottle.

“This really was a great group of guys,” said the senior co-captain. “It would have been nice to close it out with a win, but it was a pleasure to play with them and I really got close with all of them over the years.”

                                                                                                                                                                   

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