Crispell's Pitching and Maruri's Home Run Led Blue Hens to a 3-2 Victory Over UNCW to Even Series
March 17, 2012
Photos Courtesy of Mark Jordan
NEWARK, Del. – Corey Crispell's arm and Alex Maruri’s bat led the charge as the University of Delaware nipped UNCW 3-2 Saturday afternoon at Bob Hannah Stadium to even the team's Colonial Athletic Association weekend series.
The third and final game of the three-game set will get underway Sunday at 1 p.m.
Down by two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Blue Hens (8-10, 3-2 CAA) benefited from a key fielding error by UNCW third baseman Matt Campbell that allowed Cameron Travalini to reach base.
Delaware second baseman DJ Long, who had the Hens' only two-hit game, added a single up the middle to set up Maruri (at right), who blasted a three-run home run over the left-field wall for the eventual game-winning runs.
The home run was Delaware's third of the season's Maruri's first of his Blue Hen career.
The Seahawks (8-10, 4-1), who banged out 25 hits in a 22-3 win in the first game of the series Friday afternoon, scored their only runs of the game in the top half of the sixth inning on Tyler Molinaro’s two-run home run over the right-field wall.
Crispell (2-1) set the tone for Delaware as the senior hurled a season-high 7.2 innings. The right-hander kept UNCW off-balance all day with his myriad of pitches and was charged with just two earned runs on six hits while walking one and striking out two batters.
Blue Hen southpaw reliever Devon Pearson (at left) finished the game with 1.1 hitless innings and one strikeout to earn his second save of the season.
UNCW starter Mat Batts (1-3) suffered the defeat for the Seahawks despite striking out nine Delaware batters as he gave up three unearned runs on five hits with four walks.
Reliever Jack Lane tossed 1.1 hitless innings with one strikeout to complete the game for the Seahawks.