Martinís Complete Game Leads Delaware to Victory as Blue Hens Defeat Hofstra 9-1
The Blue Hens received outstanding pitching throughout the series and Chad Martin’s performance was no exception. Martin earned his fourth win of the year and pitched his second complete game of the season.
Martin did not give up a run until the ninth inning. Had the righty been able to keep the shutout intact, he would have been the first Delaware pitcher to have two or more complete game shutouts in the same season since Jason Vincent hurled three of them in 2001. The redshirt freshman gave up seven hits and collected two strikeouts in the winning effort.
“Today we got another great outing from a young pitcher,” said University of Delaware head coach Jim Sherman. “We had a good day offensively throughout our lineup. I am very proud of our guys for bouncing back after Friday’s loss to win the series.”
Dave Jesch allowed two earned runs Sunday as the righty picked up his second loss of the season. Hofstra had five different pitchers toe the mound in Sunday’s defeat and all five gave up at least one run to the Blue Hen offense.
Delaware (17-19, 5-6 CAA) scored its first run of the game in the fourth inning on a Jake Clark RBI single. The Blue Hens added one run in the fifth on an E.J. Stoltzfus RBI single and Stoltzfus batted in Delaware’s next run on an RBI double in the seventh inning.
The Blue Hens then put the game out of reach with a six-run ninth inning which was highlighted by RBI doubles from Norm Donkin and Ty Warrington.
Hofstra (15-15, 4-5 CAA) avoided the shutout by getting on the board in the ninth inning when Matt Ford scored from third base on a Martin wild pitch.
Ford and Brian MacDonald had one double apiece for the Pride in Sunday’s game. Those hits were the only extra-base hits allowed by the Blue Hen pitching staff in the series.
Five Blue Hen hitters had a multi-hit game in the winning effort. The offensive effort was highlighted by Warrington, who notched two doubles in the game. Donkin recorded his team-leading 15th double of the season, which is third in total doubles in the CAA.
Joe Giacchino singled in the third inning and has now reached base safely in 16 consecutive games. Zach Lopes recorded a stolen base for the fourth consecutive game.
The Blue Hens were originally scheduled to play Saint Joseph’s at home this Tuesday, but due to Saint Joseph’s participation in the Liberty Bell Classic, that game has been postponed. Delaware will next be in action Wednesday at home against Temple. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Bob Hannah Stadium.