Delaware Jumps out to Big Lead, Takes Series From Hofstra with 7-2 Win in Game Three
March 20, 2011
File Photos Courtesy of Chris Mlynarczyk
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - - The University of Delaware baseball team jumped out to seven run lead and took the third game of the series, 7-2, to win the series over Hofstra and move to 5-1 in the Colonial Athletic Association at University Field on Sunday.
Freshman starter Chad Kuhl (at right) earned his first collegiate win, pitching seven innings of shutout baseball, moving to 1-1 on the year. Kuhl struckout seven Pride batters, while only giving up four hits on the afternoon. Jeff Murray and Nick Young pitched an inning each, each giving up a run while closing out the game and pulling Delaware to .500 on the season at 10-10.
The scored remained scoreless until the fourth inning, as Delaware opened the scoring with three runs, and added two more runs in the fifth to break it open.
Hank Yates opened the scoring with his first homerun of the season, blasting a shot to over the left field wall to take the 1-0 lead. Yates’ drive was a solo shot off a 0-1 pitch from Pride (2-13, 2-4 CAA) starter Jared Rogers with one out in the inning. Now with one runner on, Alex Mottle doubled to right field, knocking in Nick Ferdinand from second, and knocking out Rogers. Mottle later scored on a Dave Anderson sacrifice fly, making it 3-0. The Blue Hens could have extended the lead with another run, but Logan Gallagher was caught at the plate on a DJ Long double, ending the inning with a relay from center, to second to home. Gallagher was injured on the play with EJ Stoltzfus replacing him at third base.
The Blue Hens stretched the lead to 5-0 nothing the next innings, as Ferdinand knocked in a pair with a single to center. Yates and Aaron Mascoe came around to score, giving the Blue Hens the comfortable lead.
Three doubles in the seventh gave Delaware two more runs, and allowing the Blue Hen Bullpen to rest easy with the 7-0 lead. Par Dameron led off the inning with a double, followed by Dylan Shupe two batters later. Shupe’s drive drove in Dameron, and Shupe came around to score on Ferdinand’s double two batters later.
Kuhl picked up his first win, throwing 84 pitches through seven innings. His seven strikeouts were a season and career high, pitching in his best game of the season. The freshman’s previous high in innings pitched this season was 4.2, as he is quickly becoming a reliable, quality third pitcher in the CAA.
Long, Dameron, Yates and Ferdinand all contributed two hits of the Blue Hens, as Ferdinand led all batters with three RBI’s. Yates came around to score two runs, including his trot home on his solo homerun.
Pride starter Rogers only made it through one out in the third, dropping to 0-3 on the season. He recorded four strikeouts but gave up three runs on four hits.
Delaware stays among the top teams in the CAA, and will return to action with a midweek, nonconference bout with interstate rival Delaware State on Tuesday. The Hens will travel to Dover, Del. to battle the Hornets with a 3 p.m. start. The Blue Hens defeated the Route 1 rivals on March 16 at Bob Hannah Stadium behind a strong outing from freshman Dan Gatto on the mound, 9-5.
Delaware….. 0 0 0 3 2 0 2 0 0 – 7 12 0
Hofstra…..... 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 – 2 7 0
DP – Delaware 3. LOB – Delaware 7; Hofstra 6. 2B – Long 2 (7); SHupe (2); Ferdinand (2); Mottle (1); Thomas (1). HR – Yates (1); Poma (1). HBP – Shupe; Ferdinand; Gazzola. SF – Anderson (1). SB – Ferdinand (1).
Win – Kuhl (1-1). Loss – Rogers (0-3). Save – None.
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