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Yezzo’s Homer and Five RBI Leads Delaware Baseball to a 13-7 Victory at Hofstra in CAA Series Opener

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – Led by Jimmy Yezzo's 10th home run of the season and five runs batted in, the University of Delaware baseball team defeated Hofstra University, 13-7, Friday afternoon in the Colonial Athletic Association weekend series opener at Hofstra's University Field.

Coming off its recent Liberty Bell Classic Championship, Delaware improved to 26-10 overall and 11-5 in the CAA with the victory while Hofstra fell to 18-21 overall and 6-10 in the conference. The Blue Hens have won 16 of its last 18 ballgames.

"We had a good day offensively," said Delaware head coach Jim Sherman.  "Yezzo got the team rolling with the three-run home run in the second inning and Ferdinand hit a big three-run shot in the fourth."

The Blue Hens entered the weekend series leading the country with a .448 slugging percentage and continued to showcase its power with 13 base knocks that included two home runs and five extra-base hits in the win over the Pride.

Delaware's Yezzo reached base six times, scored twice, and pocketed five RBI in the Hens win after he went 3-for-3 with three walks.  The nation's leading hitter now owns a .460 batting average. He smashed his 10th home run of the season, a three-run shot over the center field fence in the top of the second frame.

Joe Giaccino joined Yezzo with a three-hit game and added two RBI and a pair of runs scored out of the leadoff spot.  Brock Niggebrugge touched home a team-high three times after he reached base on two hits and one walk.

Ferdinand belted UD's second three-run home run in the fourth inning for his seventh dinger of the season over the left field wall.  DJ Long and EJ Stoltzfus extended their hitting streaks to nine and eight games respectively.

Hofstra's offense tallied 10 base hits in the loss.  Kenny Jackson smashed a grand slam over the right field wall in the bottom of the third inning for his sixth home run of the season.  Jared Hammer slugged his second home run of the year, a two-run shot to right-center field in the bottom of the fifth inning.  The duo accounted for six of the Pride's seven runs in the loss.

Chad Kuhl (6-2) earned his team-leading sixth win of the season after the junior right-hander tossed eight innings and held the Pride to seven runs (five earned) on 10 hits, one walk and six strikeouts.

"Chad was good on the mound today and deserved better from us due to a couple of our defensive lapses," said Sherman.

Reliever Jake Clark tallied one walk and one strikeout threw a hitless ninth inning that clinched the win for the Blue Hens.

Hofstra's David D'Errico  (2-2) surrendered eight runs (two earned) on five hits, three walks and four strikeouts in 3.1 innings pitched for his second loss of the season.

The Blue Hens and Pride continue their three-game weekend series on Saturday, April 20, with first pitch scheduled for 1:00 p.m. at Hofstra's University Field.

"Today was a good start to the series, but we need another quality outing from our pitching staff on Saturday," said Sherman.

Delaware hands the ball to right-hander Adam Davis (4-4, 4.13 earned-run average) while Hofstra counters with lefty Joe Burg (3-3, 3.96 ERA).


Delaware.........    050 520 010 -     13  13   2
Hofstra...............   004 021 000 -       7  10   2

WP - Kuhl (6-2).  LP – D'Errico (2-2). 

UD – Kuhl; Clark (9) and Warrington.  HU – D'Errico; Barbarino (4); Jesch (5); Tebbit (6) and Reistetter.  E – UD – Long; Niggebrugge; HU – Cafiero; D'Errico.  LOB – UD – 9; HU – 6.  2B – UD – Long; Stoltzfus; Niggebrugge; HU – Jackson. HR – UD – Yezzo; Ferdinand; HU – Jackson; Hammer.  HBP – HU – Stuart.  SB – UD – Giacchino; HU – Jackson.  CS – HU – Reistetter; Nyman.  WP – HU – D' Errico; Barbarino; Jesch.
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