It was a great day for the Blue Hen baseball squad Saturday afternoon as the Hens swept a doubleheader against Binghamton at Bob Hannah Stadium, with a 4-2 victory in the opener and a thrilling 9-7 comeback win in the nightcap.
Delaware (10-4) has now won five games in a row and the Hens are 6-1 at home heading into the finale of the four-game series today at 11 a.m. The game time was changed from 1 p.m. due to the threat of inclement weather in the forecast.
Today, Delaware will be looking to post its first four-game series sweep since defeating Fairleigh Dickinson in four games during the 2010 season. The Hens are off to their best 14-game start since 1998.
In the seven-inning first game, the Hens got solid pitching from freshmen Brandon Walter and Kyle Hinton and used an RBI single by Jordan Glover in the fifth and a solo home run from Doug Trimble in the sixth.
The Hens used a six-run fifth inning in the night cap to rally back from a 7-2 deficit and move on to the 9-7 victory with Matt Hornich getting the win and Colman Vila picking up his third save of the campaign.
Hornets swept by Marist: Delaware State’s bid for its first win of the season came up short in a 4-3 loss to Marist in the second game of a doubleheader at Soldier Field. The Hornets fell in the opener 15-0.
In the nightcap, Marist broke a 3-3 tie with a run in the top of the fifth inning. The Hornets put two men on base in two of their last three at bats, but failed to score.
The doubleheader loss drops the Hornets at 0-15, while Marist improved to 5-7 this season after its three-game weekend sweep.
Wesley splits with York: The Wesley College Baseball team earned a split at York, falling to the Spartans 14-7 in game one before taking game two 7-1.
Trey Mears and Christopher Seibert each homered in game one. Eric Speidel, Dre Jones, Mears, and Mike Calvarese each ripped a pair of hits in the loss. Eric Willey pitched the five innings allowing just one run, but struggled late in his outing, allowing seven runs in the sixth and seventh innings. Connor Springsteen came in to close out the seventh and finished the game for Wesley.
In game two, eight of the nine Wolverines in the starting lineup earned at least one hit with seven of them ripping at least two. Seibert connected on another home run, his third of the season, while Mears crushed a pair of doubles and Cody Dmiterchik added a two-bagger as well.
Sam Meck through a complete-game gem, holding the Spartans to one run on just three hits. The pitcher also walked three and struck out three as he guided the Wolverines to their second conference win of the year.
MEN, Delaware 12, Binghamton 11, OT: Make it two straight thrilling comeback wins in one week for the Blue Hens.
Down 11-7 heading into the final quarter, the University of Delaware men’s lacrosse team rallied with four goals in the fourth stanza to send the game into overtime and won it when redshirt freshman Andrew Romagnoli scored for the fourth time just 39 seconds in.
The Blue Hens (3-5), now winners of two straight and three of their last four, sealed the heroics for the second time in five days following a 6-5 comeback win at Manhattan on Tuesday that gave Delaware head coach Bob Shillinglaw his 300th victory UD. With the win Saturday, Shillinglaw’s 301 victories at Delaware are more than any coach at a single school in NCAA Division I history.
Few of those victories were more thrilling than this one. Senior co-captain Steve DeLargy scored twice in the final 8:07, including the goal with 15 seconds left in regulation that sent the game into overtime. After Tyler Mardian won the faceoff, the Hens held the ball until Romagnoli’s game-winner 39 seconds in won it and set off a wild celebration.
Wesley 14, Methodist 13: Jack Redefer led the way for the Wolverines with six points on four goals and two assists. Sam Seibert and Hunter Coho each finished with three goals apiece. Cody Ireland made 14 saves for the Wolverines to earn the win in net. Eric Bohns led the Wesley defense with three caused turnovers.
The Wolverines improved to 3-3 overall.
WOMEN, Delaware 14, Monmouth 11: Senior Casey Lyons logged seven points for the second straight game Saturday afternoon as Delaware topped Monmouth.
The Blue Hens (7-1) have now won five straight and are also 5-0 at home this season. MU falls to 4-4 on the year.
Lyons, who tallied six assists and a goal on Wednesday, collected a season-best five goals with two assists against the Hawks. Three of her goals came from the eight-meter line. The attacker added a groundball and caused turnover in the win.
Delaware held a 10-5 lead at halftime before Monmouth opened the second half with a spark. The Hawks scored four straight goals and cut the score to 10-9 with 13:40 on the clock. UD countered with four of the game’s next six scores, including a tally from Lyons with four seconds remaining in regulation for the 14-11 final.
Senior Shannon Hawley notched her first hat trick of the season and ninth of her career with three goals.
Christopher Newport 19, Wesley 1: Christopher Newport controlled the pace of the game, scoring early and often in transition. The Captains earned 11 out of 14 first half draw controls and maintained possession for a majority of the first frame. Clough was pelted with a flurry of shots, making five outstanding saves in the half.
Foley Wassmuth tallied the Wolverines’ only goal of the day, coming in the first half. The forward beat a defender from the left flank, spun between two defenders and beat the CNU goalkeeper top-shelf, stickside for the goal.
Christopher Newport continued to control the game in the second half, outshooting Wesley 14-4 and earning five out of six draw controls.