Crispell’s Complete Game Ends Losing Skid, But Delaware Splits Doubleheader with Northeastern, 5-2 and 2-8
May 14, 2011
Photos Courtesy of Mark Campbell
BROOKLINE, Mass. - - Corey Crispell threw a complete game in the first game of a doubleheader, ending the Blue Hens losing skid, 5-2, but Northeastern came back to take game two on Saturday, 8-2, winning the three game series at Friedman Diamond.
Crispell (above right) threw the first complete game for Delaware (27-26, 16-14 CAA) since May 23, 2010, thrown by Brian Rorick in the last game of last season, ending the Blue Hens six game losing streak in the first game of the doubleheader.
But it was Northeastern (18-30, 12-15 CAA) that took the three game series by coming back and winning the second game of the doubleheader that was moved up from Sunday due to the threat of inclement weather.
In game one, Crispell struck out seven Husky batters while not allowing a run until the eighth inning. He only gave up seven hits while issuing one walk and two runs for the game.
Pat Dameron (below right) paced the Blue Hen offense that took the lead in the fourth inning and never looked back. He finished 2-for-4 with two doubles, moving him into sole possession of second place on the all-time career doubles list for Delaware. He now has 68 doubles over his four-year career.
Dameron doubled to lead off the fourth to begin a two run inning for the Blue Hens. Steve Ulaky and EJ Stoltzfus picked up RBI’s in the inning to give the visitors a 2-0 lead.
The Blue Hens collected their last three runs in the top of the seventh, again led by a Dameron double. This time with two on and two out, Dameron doubled to left center, scoring DJ Long and Aaron Mascoe. Dameron would eventually come around to score on an Ulaky single down the right field line, giving the Blue Hens the 5-0 lead.
Crispell would hold the lead in the must-win game for Delaware, only giving up two runs in the eighth before shutting the door in the ninth for the team’s first complete game of the season. He moved to a team best 6-3 on the year in only his second start of the season.
In the rubber-match of the series, Northeastern jumped out to an early lead and the Huskies were able to hang on for the series win. They scored multiple runs in the second, fifth and eighth, putting the game away in the end.
Oliver Hart put the first runs on the board in the second inning with a three-run home run off Delaware starter Devon Pearson. It was Hart’s first home run of the year.
From there, the one aspect that has been hindering the Blue Hens late in the season reared its ugly head once again in the nightcap of the doubleheader. The team committed three errors in game two, two in the fifth inning.
Both runs in the inning were unearned with errors by Stoltzfus at third and by reliever Matt Soren off the mound. The Blue Hen deficit was 5-1 heading into the sixth inning.
Delaware loaded the bases in the top of the sixth with two outs, attempting to make the comeback. Mascoe sent a 1-1 pitch back up the middle and into centerfield, scoring Nick Ferdinand from third, but the rally was cut short as Chris Branigan was gunned down at home with the throw from Sean Lyons.
That run closed the gap to 5-2 but the Huskies plated three more runs in the eighth to extend the lead and allow them to breathe easier heading into the final inning of play.
Brandon McNelis improved to 4-6 for Northeastern after pitching seven innings of six hit ball. He allowed the Blue Hens’ two runs on the day before turning it over to the bullpen.
Pearson was saddled with the loss, dropping to 1-3 for the year after giving up five runs (three earned) in 4.1 innings. Soren finished the game by throwing the final 3.1 innings, allowing three runs on two hits.
Dameron hit a single in the first to extend his season long streak of reaching base at least once in every game. Dating back to last season, Dameron has now reached base in 55 consecutive games.
The Blue Hens have the final CAA weekend off, and will await the outcome of the final conference games to see if they can slide into one of the four playoff spots in the standings. All four positions are still up for grabs.
Delaware……. 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 0 – 5 8 0
Northeastern… 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 – 2 7 1
E – Salvucci 2 (2). DP – Northeastern 1. LOB – Delaware 5; Northeastern 6. 2B – Dameron 2 (22); Stoltzfus (4); Branigan (6); Pastyrnak (3). 3B – Ferdinand (4); Hart (1). HBP – Branigan. SH – Anderson (9). CS – Mottle (4).
Win – Corey Crispell (6-3). Loss – Andrew Leenhouts (3-7). Save – None.
Delaware……. 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 – 2 6 3
Northeastern… 0 3 0 0 2 0 0 3 X – 8 9 0
E – Stoltzfus; Anderson; Soren. LOB – Delaware 6; Northeastern 5. 2B – Yates; Puttress. HR – Hart. SH – Puttress. CS – Miller
Win – Brandon McNelis (4-6). Loss – Devon Pearson (1-3). Save – None.Back To Baseball Home Baseball Story Archive