Old Dominion Crashes Senior Day, Finishes off Sweep of Delaware, 7-4, to Take Over First Place in CAA
May 8, 2011
Photos Courtesy of Mark Campbell
NEWARK, Del. -- Phil McCarthy pitched into the eighth inning, not allowing a base runner until the fourth inning, as Old Dominion spoiled Senior Day for the University of Delaware and completed the series sweep with a 7-4 Colonial Athletic Association baseball win over the Blue Hens Sunday at Bob Hannah Stadium.
Delaware (26-22, 15-12 CAA) didn’t get its first hit until Dave Anderson singled into right field in the fifth and couldn’t muster enough late inning magic to mount a comeback.
Old Dominion (24-20, 16-8 CAA) collected 17 hits and used a four-run fourth inning to grab control of the game and went on to finish off the sweep. The Monarchs also defeated the Hens on Friday and Saturday in this key CAA series.
Pat Dameron and Anderson were sparks for the Blue Hens, each tallying two hits on the day. Dameron posted his 65th career double, moving him into a tie for second on the all-time Blue Hen list. He also hit his fifth home run of the year, sneaking a two-run shot just inside the right field foul pole in the sixth inning.
The Monarchs got on the board first, scoring the first six runs of the ballgame. The visitors opened the scoring in the third inning, albeit unconventionally. With runners on first and third and two outs, Joey Burney was fooled on a third to first move by Nick Young on the mound. Caught in a rundown, Burney was tagged out at second base, but not before Josh Wright reached home.
Old Dominion stretched the lead to 5-0 with a four- run fourth. With two out and a runner on first, Dameron made a diving attempt in left center but was unable to come up with the catch. The ball bounced away, allowing Brandon Shelton to make it safely to third, scoring the run. An excellent bunt down the third base line brought the second run home while a double down the line with the bases loaded scored the final two runs of the inning.
Dameron cut it to 6-2 with his home run in the sixth, but the Monarchs extended the lead to 7-2 in the eighth. With the bases loaded, a pinch-hit single with one out off Corey Crispell was all the Monarchs would get.
The Blue Hens attempted one last effort in the eighth, scoring two more runs to cut the lead to 7-4 but were unable to complete a comeback.
Aaron Mascoe doubled to lead off the inning and an infield single by DJ Long two batters later brought home the first run. After Dameron doubled down the left field line to put runners on second and third, Steve Ulaky hit an RBI groundout for the game's final run.
Crispell (below right) relieved Young in the fourth and got the Blue Hens to the eighth inning. He struck out five batters while allowing one run on four hits.
Young was saddled with the loss for the Blue Hens, pitching 3.2 innings and giving up five runs on nine hits. The senior struck out three batters in his first conference start of the season. McCarthy moved to 7-3 on the season, giving up four runs on seven hits. Adam Wisniewski recorded his 12th save of the season.
The Blue Hens remain at home for two more games, their final two home games of the season. They will first square off against Maryland on Tuesday at Bob Hannah Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.
Old Dominion… 0 0 1 4 0 1 0 1 0 – 7 17 0
Delaware…….... 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 – 4 9 0
DP – Old Dominion 1; Delaware 1. LOB – Old Dominion 13; Delaware 4. 2B – Sizemore (7); Dameron (20: Mascoe (10). 3B – Shelton (1). HR – Dameron (5). HBP – Hernandez; Ferdinand. SH – Shelton (5). SB – Wright (16). CS – Ferdinand (3).
Win – Phil McCarthy (7-3). Loss – Nick Young (1-3). Save – Adam Wisniewski (12).Back To Baseball Home Baseball Story Archive