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Delaware Tops Old Dominion

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NEWARK Del. – A seven-run, seventh inning that sent 11 Blue Hen batters to the plate lifted the University of Delaware baseball team to a 12-5 victory over Old Dominion University in the Colonial Athletic Association weekend series opener Friday afternoon at Bob Hannah Stadium.

With the win, Delaware (27-14, 12-7 CAA) snaps a season-long four-game losing streak while Old Dominion sits at .500 with a 21-21 overall mark and 11-11-conference record.

"When things are going well you get some breaks, a little luck and hits," said Delaware head coach Jim Sherman.  "In that seventh inning we got all three and it really broke open the game."

Trailing 5-4 entering the bottom of the seventh inning, the Blue Hens capitalized on two Old Dominion errors that in addition to five base hits and two walks resulted in seven runs for the Blue Hens. Pinch-hitter Andrew Burgess had a two-run single to right field and Cameron Travalini stole home on a first-and-third situation, double-steal attempt for the final run of the frame.

The Blue Hen offense slugged 14 hits in the win over the Monarchs.  In addition to the seven-run seventh inning, UD plated runs in the second, fourth, sixth and eighth innings. Led by EJ Stoltzfus, who went 3-for-4 with three RBI, Delaware had five players collect multi-hit games on the day. 

"Steady Eddy has had an outstanding year at third base for us and had two RBI doubles in the game," said Sherman about Stoltzfus. "With his experience at third defensively and now his offense is starting to take off, it has given us a boost offensively."

Jimmy Yezzo , the nation's leading hitter with a .446 average, and Nick Ferdinand, each touched home three times while going 2-for-5 and 2-for-3 respectively.

Senior captain DJ Long, who went 2-for-5 with one RBI and one runs scored, tallied his 72nd double of his career in the second inning of the game and now owns the Delaware record for most doubles in program history.

"I thought DJ was extremely focused today," said Sherman.  "There have been a lot of very good power hitters at Delaware and he is number one in doubles and should be proud of that accomplishment."

Chad Kuhl (7-2) earned his team-leading seventh victory after he held the Monarchs to five earned runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out nine in eight innings of work.

Jake Clark completed the game with a hitless inning of relief and secured the win for the Blue Hens.

Old Dominion scored one run in the second and fourth inning in addition to a three-run frame in the fifth inning.  ODU hammered nine base knocks in the loss and were held scoreless over the final four innings by Delaware pitching.  Josiah Burney slugged two home runs in the game, both solo shots over the right-center field wall in the second and fifth innings.  Jordan Negrini was the second Monarch batter that collected a multi-hit game with a 2-for-3 day at the plate.

Dean Ali (2-3) suffered the loss for the Monarchs as the right-hander was charged with eight runs (six earned) on nine hits, three walks and one strikeout in 6.1 innings pitched.

The Blue Hens and Monarchs continue their CAA weekend series with the second game of the three-game set on Saturday, April 27, at Bob Hannah Stadium.

With first pitch set for 1:00 p.m., Delaware will hand the ball to right-hander Adam Davis (4-4, 3.90 earned-run average) while Old Dominion counters with lefty Andy Roberts (3-3, 2.72 ERA).

"Davis has thrown well all season and always keeps us in the game," said Sherman. "He is such a competitive kid, I know that he will give us another strong effort Saturday."

AGATE:

Old Dominion..........   010 130 000   -    5   7   2
Delaware...….........   010 201 71x   -   12  14   2

WP – Kuhl (7-2).  LP – Ali (2-3).
ODU – Ali; Gero (7) and Perez.  UD – Kuhl; Clark (9) and Warrington and Burgess (8).  E – ODU – Higgins; Urps; UD – Giacchino; Niggebrugge.  DP – UD – 1.  LOB – ODU – 5; UD – 6. 2B – ODU – Eldridge; UD – Yezzo; Ferdinand; Long; Stoltzfus 2.  HR – Burney 2. HBP – Ferdinand.  SH – UD – Niggebrugge.  SB – UD – Travalini.  CS – Stoltzfus.
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