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UD Baseball Makes Ninth-Inning Rally, Nips William & Mary, 7-6

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WILLIAMSBURG, VA – A ninth-inning rally by the University of Delaware
baseball team secured a 7-6 victory over the College of William & Mary
and gave the Blue Hens their second-straight Colonial Athletic
Association weekend series edge Sunday afternoon at Plumeri Park.

Delaware (16-16, 9-6 CAA) returned to the .500 mark with their
second-straight victory over William and Mary (22-13, 8-7 CAA) while the
Tribe dropped only their sixth home game of the season.

Tied entering the ninth inning, Jimmy Yezzo drew a leadoff walk for the
Blue Hens. Pinch-hitter Eric Young dropped a sacrifice bunt that allowed
pinch runner Joe Giacchino to reach second base. After Chris Branigan
was intentionally walked, freshman Cameron Travalini lined a RBI single
to center field that gave Delaware the eventual 7-6 victory.

Reliever Stephen Richter (1-0) earned the victory after he got four outs
before giving way to Devon Pearson who earned the save. Richter cattered
one hit and four walks and posted three strikeouts while Pearson
registered his fifth save of the season as the left-hander eliminated
the final two Tribe hitters in the ninth inning.

The Tribe tallied the first run of the game in the bottom of the first
inning after Kevin Nutter drew a leadoff walk and trotted to second on
Ryan Brown's walk. Stephen Arcure lined a RBI single up the middle that
scored Nutter as William and Mary took a 1-0 lead.

In the bottom of the second inning, Ryan Williams slammed a solo blast
over the left field wall that gave the Tribe a two-run edge, 2-0.

The Blue Hens responded in the top of the third inning when Ty
Warrington smashed his first home run over the left field wall. Brock
Niggebrugge reached on a fielding error by Tribe shortstop, Josh Mason,
and advanced to third on a botched pickoff attempt by W&M reliever, Matt
Wainman. Following an Alex Maruri walk, Nick Ferdinand smashed a
bases-clearing, two-out double to right field that gave Delaware a 3-2
advantage.

Michael Katz lined a one-out double in the bottom of third inning and
scampered home on Bower's RBI triple to the left-center field gap as
Wiliam & Mary knotted the game at three.

A leadoff walk drawn by DJ Long in the top of the fifth inning was
followed with a Yezzo walk. Ferdinand added a RBI single to left center
that delivered Long while Yezzo dashed to third base. Tyler Powell
continued the scoring with a RBI single that scored Yezzo and helped the
Blue Hens reclaim the lead, 5-3.

Ryan Hartley was hit by a pitch in the top of the sixth inning, advanced
to second on a ground out and raced home on Niggebrugge's RBI double
down the left-field line as Delaware's lead increased to three, 6-3.

William and Mary knotted the game at 6-6 in the bottom half of the sixth
inning. Ryan Lindemuth was hit by a pitch to leadoff the frame and
reached third after Josh Smith doubled to right field. Chris Forsten
drew a walk that loaded the bases for Brown, who coaxed a walk that
forced in Lindemuth. With the sacks packed, Acure lined a two-run,
two-out double down the left-field line that tied the game after Forsten
and Smtih scored.

A scoreless seventh and eighth frames set up the Blue Hens' ninth-inning
heroics.

Tribe reliever Ryan Williams (0-1) suffered the defeat for William &
Mary after he allowed one earned run on three walks and two strikeouts
while on the mound for two innings.

UD starter Chad Kuhl tallied a no-decision for the Blue Hens after he
surrendered six earned runs on nine hits, three walks and season-high
nine strikeouts in six innings pitched.

Wainman was handed a no-decision after the lefty was charged with five
runs (three earned) on seven hits, four walks and four strikeouts.

The Blue Hens baseball team will return to action on Tuesday, April 10
when they host UMBC at Bob Hannah Stadium at 3 p.m. The Hens return home
for the first time in over two weeks.

AGATE:

Delaware................ 003 021 001 - 7 11 1
William and Mary.... 111 003 000 - 6 11 2

UD – Kuhl, Murray (7), Pearson (7), Richter (8) and Warrington; W&M –
Wainman, Sheehan (5), Yates (7), Williams (7), Farrell (9) and Forsten.
E – UD - Niggebrugge; W&M - Williams; Wainman. DP – UD 1; W&M 4. LOB -
UD 10; W&M 12. 2B – UD - Long; Niggebrugge; Ferdinand; Travalini; W&M -
Arcure; Katz; Smith. 3B – W&M - Bower. HR – UD - Warrington; Williams.
HBP – UD - Hartley; W&M - Lindemuth. SH – UD - Young; Warrington; W&M -
Brown. SB – W&M - Brown. CS – W&M - Nutter.

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