Delaware Baseball Finishes Sweep of George Mason With 5-4 Extra Inning Affair; Ulaky Doubled and Scored the Winning Run in the 10th
March 13, 2011
Above Photo Courtesy of Mark Campbell
Below Photo Courtesy of Chris Mlynarczyk
NEWARK, Del. - - Steve Ulaky’s double down the right field line to lead off the top of the 10th started the rally and allowed the University of Delaware baseball team to complete its comeback and finish off a three game sweep over Colonial Athletic Association foe George Mason with a 5-4 victory at Bob Hannah Stadium on Sunday.
Delaware (6-9, 3-0 CAA) found themselves down a pair of runs heading into the bottom of the eighth, but scored two with two-outs to pull even and eventually force extra innings.
Sophomore DJ Long started the inning with a walk, but reliever Jake Kalish got Pat Dameron to strike out and Ulaky to ground into a fielder’s choice to silence any threat. George Mason (9-7-1, 0-3 CAA) then replaced Kalish with Brandon Kuter, and the Blue Hens teed off. Aaron Mascoe singled over the head of the shortstop, moving Ulaky (above right) to second. Hank Yates followed with a single into center field, allowing Ulaky to come around and score. With Mascoe at third, Alex Mottle chopped one behind the mound, and beat out the throw from the charging second baseman, tying the game at 4-4. Nick Ferdinand almost put the Blue Hens ahead with a sharp ground ball to second that was misplayed, but Blaise Fernandez recovered and got Ferdinand at first by a finger tip, as Ferdinand laid out and slid trying to beat the throw.
The bullpen played a big part this afternoon, as head coach Jim Sherman played the matchup game perfectly in the ninth to hold the game at 4-4. With a runner on first, Brandon Hinkle relieved Michael O’Keeffe and got left-handed hitter Shane Davis to fly out. Then Corey Crispell came in for the right handed hitting Zach Helgeson and got him o ground out to third. After a walk put two runners on, Crispell came back and got Jeremy Haas to roll one over to first base.
The Blue Hens then stranded a runner on third in the ninth, wasting Jimmy Yezzo’s lead off single. Dave Anderson and Long advanced him to third, but recorded two outs, and Kuter came back and got Dameron swinging to end the inning.
George Mason went quietly in the 10th, as Crispell turned a 1-6-3 double play on a comebacker to the mound to move to the bottom half of the inning.
Ulkay lined a 3-1 pitch down the right field line, sliding safely into second base to kick start the walk-off win. After Ulaky moved up 90 feet on a wild pitch, Kuter intentionally walked Mascoe and Yates to load the bases and put a force on at every base. With no outs, Kuter could not find his rhymth after the free walks, and walked Mottle on four straight balls, bringing in Ulaky for the winning run.
It was the second game this season the Blue Hens needed a walk-off , as Dameron ended the first game of the series on a three-run homerun on Saturday, after Friday’s game was suspended due to darkness.
Chad Kuhl (below right) pitched the first 4.2 innings for the Blue Hens, giving up three runs (one earned) on seven hits. He also struck out three Patriot batters and was going to eb booked for the loss before the comeback. Matt Harden pitched the next 2.1 innings, allowing a run on three hits. Jeff Murray threw a scoreless eighth before the matchup carousel started in the ninth.
Ulaky and Yezzo ended with two hits apiece, each recording a double, as the Blue Hens knocked out 11 hits on the afternoon. Mottle drove in two runs on the day to lead the team.
Delaware gets a chance to improve on their three game winning streak this week with a pair of nonconference home games on Tuesday and Wednesday. They host Quinnipiac on Tuesday, and instate rival Delaware State on Wednesday. Both games are scheduled to start at 3 p.m.
George Mason….. 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 – 4 12 2
Delaware……….. 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 – 5 11 2
E- Schafferman (6); Johnson (1); Long (3); Dameron (3). DP – George Mason 1; Delaware 3. LOB – George Mason 12; Delaware 10. 2B – Cook (5); Fernandez (3); Allen (7); Haas (5); Ulaky (6); Yezzo (3). HBP – Haas; Ulaky. SH – Anderson (2). SF – Ulaky (1). SB – Allen (3); Haas (3).
Win – Corey Crispell (1-1). Loss – Brandon Kuter (0-1). Save – None.
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