WILSON, N.C. – The combination of Eric Buckland's arm and outfielder
Nick Ferdinand's bat led the University of Delaware baseball team to a
9-1 non-league victory over Canisius College Sunday afternoon at
Historic Fleming Stadium.
Due to the cancellation of the Ron Fraser Classic on Saturday in Cary,
N.C. because of the weather in the central North Carolina area, Delaware
and Canisius scheduled this non-conference game in Wilson, N.C.
Delaware, which opened the tournament Friday with an 8-4 win over Temple
and a 3-1 setback to Toledo, improved to 2-1 over the weekend while
Canisius (2-1) lost its first game of the season.
"The team gave an outstanding effort today," Delaware head coach Jim
Sherman said. "Buckland threw his best game of his Delaware career while
Ferdinand came up big with a three-run home run in the first inning and
(Jimmy) Yezzo collected four hits on the day."
Buckland (1-0), a graduate of nearby Caravel Academy, earned the victory
in his 2013 debut for the senior right-hander.
Ferdinand added to his hot start with a three-run home run in the first
inning while Yezzo, a first baseman and the Colonial Athletic
Association pre-season Player of the Year, had a four-hit game that
extended his hitting streak to 14 games dating back to last season.
The Blue Hens will travel to Wichita, Kan. on Friday, February 22 to
begin a four-game three-day weekend series against the Wichita State.
The Shockers went 35-25 a year ago and earned votes in the USA Today
Pre-Season Coaches Top 25 poll.
Delaware will play a single game Friday at 4 p.m., a doubleheader on
Saturday beginning at 2 p.m., and a single game Sunday finale at 2 p.m.
Delaware begins its home schedule on Friday, March 1 at 2:30 p.m., when
the Blue Hens host Monmouth University for a three-game weekend series
at Bob Hannah Stadium.