Freshman Cole Benjamin picked up his first collegiate victory on the mound as Delaware ran its winning streak to seven in a row with an 8-3 victory over Delaware State Tuesday afternoon at Bob Hannah Stadium.
Leftfielder Jordan Glover, first baseman Nick Patten, and third baseman James Meeker each knocked in two runs as part of a 10-hit attack. Benjamin went five solid innings without allowing an earned run as the Blue Hens (12-4) continued their best start since the 1998 season.
Delaware also downed the Hornets for the second time in nine days after recording a 4-2 victory on March 6 as part of the Bob Hannah Invitational.
The Hornets (0-16) managed just two hits and could not take full advantage of five Delaware errors. Delaware State scored twice in the sixth but was trailing 8-0 at that point and never seriously threatened.
Glover, Patten, and Meeker each had two hits as did shortstop Nick Tierno, who reached base four times in five plate appearances and scored two runs. Glover also scored twice while increasing his team RBI lead to 15.
Relievers Conner Chasanov (Polytech) and Zach Flowers finished out the game with Flowers striking out four in two perfect innings to close it.
Delaware’s seven-game winning streak is its longest since a 13-game winning streak in 2013
Misericordia 7, Wesley 3: Joe Hummel, Trey Mears (Sussex Central), and Eric Speidel each finished with two hits for the Wolverines (8-6) in the nonconference loss.
Hummel cranked a home run and ripped a double, while Cody Dmiterchick (Cape Henlopen) had a pair of RBI.
Andrew Weaver tossed 5.1 innings, allowing three earned runs on six hits. The junior had three strikeouts.
MEN, Misericordia 25, Wesley 7: Goalie Cody Ireland made 14 saves while John Cheanult and Jack Redefer each scored a pair of goals for the Wolverines in the loss.
Nate Gemmato scooped up seven ground balls winning 10-of-18 faceoffs for Wesley (3-5).
DSU’s Sheridan honored: Delaware State senior Stephanie Sheridan was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Bowler of the Week.
Sheridan finished third in the Intercollegiate Singles National Championship sectional to qualify for the national singles championship competition in Wichita, Kan., next month. The top four individual sectional finishers advance to the national championship round.
She had a total pinfall of 1,268 in six games for an average of 211.3 in the sectionals. She topped the 200 mark in four of the six games, including a high of 247 in two contests, matching her top score for the season.
She is the first player in team history to compete for an individual national championship.
Sheridan also helped lead the Hornets to a spot in the Intercollegiate national team championship competition for the second year in a row. DSU was third in the sectionals in Stratford, N.J., last weekend.