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
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.