Blue Hens Defeat Temple 9-3 to Extend Winning Streak to Three Games
Redshirt freshman Nick Moylan picked up his first collegiate win, while Temple starter Connor Staskey was credited with his first loss of the season. Moylan allowed one run in two innings of work and collected three strikeouts.
Delaware (18-19), which on its third straight game, got on the scoreboard in the second inning when Zach Lopes scored on a Doug Trimble single. The Blue Hens added another run in the inning when Gary Jones scored on a Brock Niggebrugge double play.
Temple (12-21) answered with a run of its own in the fourth inning when Robert Amaro scored on a Bobby Heitzman groundout.
The Blue Hens then scored seven runs in the fifth inning and put the game out of reach. The offensive onslaught was highlighted by a two-run double from Lopes with the bases loaded. Jones, Cameron Travalini, Tyler Powell each added RBI singles in the inning.
University of Delaware head coach Jim Sherman employed a different lineup with several bench players getting the starting nod.
“That was a good midweek game where we gave a lot of guys an opportunity who normally don’t start,” said Sherman. “Those guys are usually in the dugout rooting the starters on all year long and this was their day to shine and they took full advantage of their opportunity.”
Lopes and Trimble each led the Blue Hens with two hits and two RBI on the day. Five pitchers toed the mound for Delaware in the game and none of them allowed more than three hits.
Temple scored its final two runs in the eighth inning on an Amaro triple that scored Derek Peterson from first base. The second run of the inning was earned when Amaro crossed home on a Luke Alicknavitch wild pitch.
Delaware defeated Temple 12-4 on April 1 in the teams’ only other matchup this season.
Due to budget constraints, Temple’s baseball program will be cut at the end of the season, meaning this game was the last meeting between the two schools.
That sentiment was not lost on Sherman, who fondly remembers Delaware-Temple matchups of the past and the history of the Temple program.
“For me, it is really sad,” said Sherman. “We were always competing with Temple. It really is sad when a program with so much history is going to be washed away. Of course you want to beat them, but it was definitely a bitter-sweet feeling today.”
The Blue Hens will next be in action as they host UNC-Wilmington in the first game of a three-game weekend series Friday at 3 p.m. at Bob Hannah Stadium.