Gray Sweeps Baseball’s Blue-Gray World Series to Conclude Fall Season
October 29, 2010
Photo Courtesy of Mark Campbell
NEWARK, Del. - - The University of Delaware baseball team closed its 2010 fall season with the final two games of the annual Blue-Gray World Series, with Gray sweeping the three game series, on Tuesday, at Bob Hannah Stadium. Gray won 5-1 and 7-6 to win the series, 3-0.
Due to weather forecasts on Wednesday, the team played two shortened games on Tuesday to finish the series. Game two Players of the Game were DJ Long (at right) and Devon Pearson of the Gray team.
The Gray team was led by Long, who batted 3-3 with two RBI’s for the game. Freshman outfielder Joe Giacchino also went 3-3, belting two doubles, adding two RBI’s. Pat Damerson also had an RBI while batting 2-3.
Pearson, a junior left hander, started on the hill for the Gray team, pitching four innings of shutout baseball, earning the win. He allowed two hits while striking out three batters, allowing no walks. Matt Harden, a senior righty from Wilmington, Del., pitched the remaining two innings, giving up a run on two hits.
For the Blue tem, Chris Branigan went 2-2 with a double, while the lone run came off the bat of Dylan Schupe, as he hit a solo homerun.
Eric Young pitched four innings, allowing eight hits and four runs. Steve Richter finished the last two innings, giving up two runs on two hits.
Game three featured the closest contest of the series, as the Gray team scored three runs in the top of the sixth to secure the come-from-behind, 7-6, victory.
Alex Maruri, a junior from Bronx, N.Y. was named the Player of the Game after hitting a two run go-ahead homerun in the top of the sixth. Dameron added another homerun, as he finished 1-3 with a three-run homer.
Corey Crispell got the nod on the mound for the Gray team, going three innings, giving up four runs on four hits before turning the ball over to Brandon Hinkle who pitched two innings. Hinkle gave up one run on four hits, earning the win for the Gray squad. Nick Ferndinand pitched the bottom of the sixth, allowing a run on one hit, earning the save.
Chad Kuhl started on the Blue side, pitching three innings, allowing four runs on five hits. Michael O’Keefe (at left) and Jordan Ottinger kept the Blue team in the game with back-to-back scoreless innings.
Ahead 5-4 going into the top of the sixth, the Blue team handed the ball over to Branigan for the save, but the Gray team responded with three hits and three runs to take a 7-5 lead.
Branigan went 2-2 with a double and an RBI while Steve Ulaky and Dave Anderson each went 1-3 with a double. Anderson’s double drove in a run, giving him an RBI.
The 45-day window each NCAA Division I baseball program has to complete their fall program has closed for the Blue Hens, as they will now continue to work towards opening day on February 18 at UNC Greensboro.
Game 2: Gray def. Blue 5-1
Gray…..100301 - 5 10 0
Blue…..000010 - 1 4 0
WP: Pearson; LP: E. Young
Game 3: Gray def. Blue 7-6
Gray…..301003 - 7 10 0
Blue…..220011- 6 9 4
WP: Hinkle; LP: Branigan; S: FerdinandBack To Baseball Home Baseball Story Archive