Five Run Third, 14 Hits Help Delaware Baseball Take Game One over Georgia State, 10-5
April 1, 2011
File Photos Courtesy of Mark Campbell
NEWARK, Del. -- Trailing by three runs before ever coming to bat, the University of Delaware baseball team scored the next nine runs and went on to take the first game of the Colonial Athletic Association matchup against Georgia State, 10-5, at Bob Hannah Stadium Friday afternoon.
The win puts Delaware (14-12, 7-3 CAA) past Georgia State (21-7, 4-3 CAA) and alone at the top of the CAA standings after Friday’s games. James Madison, Georgia State, UNC Wilmington and Delaware were all tied coming into the weekend. George Mason defeated James Madison, 9-5, and UNC Wilmington is idle this weekend, leaving Delaware in first.
Hank Yates (above right) hit his second home run of the season, going 2-for-5 on the afternoon with two RBI and two runs scored. Steve Ulaky led all Blue Hens with three hits, finishing 3-for-4 with a double, two RBI and a run scored. DJ Long, Nick Ferdinand, Yates, and EJ Stoltzfus all contributed two hits on the afternoon.
After allowing four straight singles to open the ball game, Delaware starter Eric Young settled in, controlling the damage to only three runs in the first, and didn’t allow another run until the seventh. He pitched 6.1 innings, giving up four runs on 10 hits, striking out three Panthers for his third win of the season.
Trailing 3-0, the Blue Hen offense got things rolling in the bottom of the first, all with two outs and the bases empty. Ulaky, Ferdinand, and Yates all singled, as Ulaky came home off the bat of Yates for the Blue Hens first run. Back to back walks forced in another run, and the game was tied a batter later as Yates came home on a passed ball.
But it was a five run third inning that broke the game open, giving the home squad a sizeable lead. The Blue Hens rattled off five straight base runners with a leadoff walk and four consecutive hits. Stoltzfus singled to load the bases with no outs in the inning, forcing starter Aidan Francis out of the ball game. Dave Anderson greeted Nick Squeglia with an RBI single to center, but it was a double smoked off the bat of Long to left that opened the game with two more runs. Dameron hit a sacrifice fly to center, allowing Anderson to trot home safely before Ulaky doubled just inside the line in right field for the inning’s last run.
Ulaky was caught attempting to take third base on a ball in the dirt, or else he would have scored as Ferdinand stepped in and ripped a triple to the gap in right center.
From there it was all Young, as he set the Panthers down in order in the fourth and sixth, and worked out of a jam in the fifth to preserve the lead. The Panthers got back-to-back singles to start the inning, but a quick spin throw to second by Young caught Bryan Condotta too far off the base for the first out of the inning. After a walk, Brandon William chopped one to short too far in the hole for Anderson to throw him out. But a smart play by Anderson caught Mark Micowski trying to round third and continue home, as Anderson threw home for the third out of the inning.
Georgia State was able to scratch single runs across the board in the seventh and the ninth, but it Yates bomb to left center off reliever Aidan McLaughlin on a 1-0 pitch was the capper on the afternoon.
Nick Young (below right) came on to relieve Steve Richter with one out in the ninth, and promptly picked off Brett Maxwell at first for the second out. It was the third runner the Blue Hen pitching staff picked off for the game. Nick Young then got Rob Lind to strike out to end the ballgame.
The CAA series continues tomorrow, as the Panthers return to Bob Hannah Stadium for a 1 p.m. start. Freshman Danny Gatto gets the nod for the Blue Hens while Georgia State will respond with Charley Olson. Herb FM will air the game live on the radio.
Georgia State… 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 – 5 12 0
Delaware….…. 3 0 5 0 1 0 0 1 X – 10 14 1
E – Anderson (6). DP – Georgia State 1; Delaware 1. LOB – Georgia State 7; Delaware 9. 2B – Condotta (8); Long (10); Ulaky (9). 3B – Micowski (3); Ferdinand (2). HR – Yates (2). HBP – Anderson. SF – Fleming (4); Dameron (4); Ulaky (3). CS – Ulaky (2).
Win – Eric Young (3-2). Loss – Aidan Francis (4-1). Save – None.Back To Baseball Home Baseball Story Archive