February 22, 2005

In & Around College Baseball

On the plus side of college baseball this weekend, St. John's University (Blake Hershelman, Sussex Central) pulled off a 5-4 win against Southern University in Louisiana, freshman Mike Mulhern (Tatnall) earned his first collegiate save for Washington & Lee University, Gary Sanders (Caesar Rodney) helped Baltimore's Villa Julie Mustangs to a win in St. Mary's City and Salisbury notched two against Elizabethtown in southern Maryland.
Salisbury University 2004 Conference/So. Regional Champions
Things didn't go quite as well for a few other former Delaware high school baseball players and their respective college programs... call it the "southern sweep". UNC-Greensboro came out on top against UD in three close games. No. 4 Texas swept No. 6 Stanford (Mark Romanzcuk, SMH now 2-2), the Florida Seminoles (11-1) took three from the St. Joe's Hawks (Mike Blausch, Archmere) and No. 7 UNC Tarheels (4-0) swept Seton Hall (Tim Smith, St. Mark's), while up north, Fordham University put Delaware State through a series of losses. The season is young and better days are ahead!

Delaware Baseball Drops Season-Opener to UNC Greensboro, 5-1

GREENSBORO, NC (February 18, 2005) -- The University of Delaware baseball team fell to UNC Greensboro, 5-1 at the UNC Greensboro Baseball Stadium in the season opener for both teams.

Senior co-captain Scott Rambo (Downingtown, PA/Downingtown) took the loss for the Blue Hens, allowing eight hits and five earned runs while striking out three in 3.2 innings of work. Chris Mason picked up the win for the Spartans by allowing only one unearned run on two hits while not walking a batter in seven innings on the mound.

Senior Ryan Graham (Danville, IL/Danville-right) led the Delaware offense by batting 1-for-4 and scoring the Hens' lone run in the fourth inning when UNC Greensboro second baseman Jeremy Roulin committed an error on a ground ball hit by senior Dave Harden (Dickinson HS). Dan Kozek (Medford, NJ/Shawnee) also singled for Delaware while Brent Rogers (Mt. Pleasant HS) had the only extra base hit for the Hens with a double in the eighth.


Date: February 19, 2005

GREENSBORO, NC -- Sophomore Bryan Hagerich (Somerset, PA/Somerset) went 2-for-4 with two runs scored but the University of Delaware baseball team fell to UNC Greensboro, 6-5, in 11 innings on Saturday afternoon at the UNC Greensboro Baseball Stadium in the second game of the teams' season-opening three-game series.

Freshman Matt Heppner (Riverhead, NY/Riverhead) (0-1) took the loss for the Hens, after replacing Mike McGuire (Swarthmore, PA/Ridley) in the 11th inning. UNC Greensboro's Wes McCall (1-0) picked up the win for the Spartans.

With the game tied at five in the 11th inning, Heppner walked Danny McClure, who then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Jeremy Roulin. After intentionally walking Chris Mason, Justin Crist stepped to the plate with two men on and one out. Crist hit the ball to second baseman Brock Donovan (William Penn HS) who threw to shortstop Todd Davison (Somers Point, NJ/St. Augustine) for the force at second. However, Davison's throw to first was wild and McClure scored to end the game.

Donovan hit 2-for-5 with two RBI and a double in the sixth, and freshman Adam Tsakonas (Pottstown, PA/Boyertown Area) added a run scored triple in the fifth.

Jason Rogers (William Penn HS) started the game for Delaware and allowed five hits and two earned runs in six innings of work. He was replaced in the bottom of the seventh by McGuire, who pitched four innings and allowed three earned runs on four hits.

The Spartans took the early lead in the first inning as Mason reached first base on a fielders choice and scored when Crist doubled to right field. The Hens responded in the fifth inning when Hagerich walked and scored on Tsaknoas's triple to right center. Tsakonas then scored when Brent Rogers (Mt. Pleasant) flied out to center to give Delaware a 2-1 lead.

In the sixth Delaware increased its lead to 3-1 when Buber singled, advanced to third on a wild pitch and a Dave Harden (Dickinson) fly-out, and crossed the plate when Donovan doubled to left. The Spartans cut the lead to one in the sixth when Roulin crossed the plate on a Linney sacrifice fly, and tied it in the seventh when Gonzalez did the same on a McClure sacrifice fly.

Delaware took the lead back in the eighth when Buber reached on an error and was replaced at first by Dan Richardson (Caravel), who advanced to second on an error by the pitcher during a pickoff attempt and scored when Donovan singled to center. However UNC Greensboro added a pair of runs of its own in the eighth to regain the lead.

The Hens tied the game back up in the ninth at 5-5 when Hagerich started off the inning by singling to center and advanced to third when Brandon Menchaca (Concord HS) reached on an error and Rogers grounded out. Hagerich then scored when Ryan Graham (Danville, IL/Danville) grounded out to tie the game and send the game to extra innings.


GREENSBORO, NC (February 20, 2005) -- Senior Brock Donovan (William Penn HS) recorded his second straight multi-hit game for the University of Delaware baseball team, but the Blue Hens fell to UNC Greensboro, 4-3, on Sunday afternoon at the UNC Greensboro Baseball Stadium.

Delaware (0-3) started junior transfer Brent Gaphardt (Bel Air, MD/Dundalk) (0-1), who took the loss in his first career start as a Blue Hen. UNC Greensboro's Nick Starnes (1-0) picked up the win while Jonathon Nichols recorded a save for the Spartans, who improve to 3-0.

Donovan led the Delaware hitters by going 2-for-4 with an RBI while Kozek went 1-for-2 and added a pair of runs scored. Davison added a run scored and an RBI while Brandon Menchaca (Concord HS) also added an RBI.

Delaware opened the scoring in the third inning when Kozek got hit by a pitch, stole second, and scored when Menchaca singled to left field. UNC Greensboro battled back and scored a run of its own in the bottom of the third when Gonzalez walked, stole second, and scored on a wild pitch to tie the game at 1-1. The Spartans then scored three runs in the fifth inning to take a 4-1 lead. The Blue Hens cut the lead to two in the top of the sixth and got within one in the top of the seventh but couldn't get even in the ninth.

Delaware continues play on the road when it begins a three-game series on February 26, a noon double-header with University of Richmond at Pitt Field.


HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va. -- The Washington and Lee baseball team won two games on the
opening day of the Hampden-Sydney Tournament in southern Virginia. The Generals routed Lincoln University, 21-0, and defeated Waynesburg College, 7-4.

In the win over Lincoln, sophomore pitcher Clayton Edwards (Atlanta, Ga./Westminster) threw a perfect game and struck out 11 in six innings to pick up his first win of the season (1-1). He struck out the side twice in the game.

The Generals (4-2) led just 2-0 after three innings, but exploded for 13 runs in the fourth inning and added six more in the fifth inning. In the fourth inning, W&L sent 19 batters to the plate and pounded out 10 hits, including four doubles.

In the victory over Waynesburg (Game 2), W&L led 2-0 after three innings and scored three runs in the top of the fourth to take a 5-0 lead. Junior shortstop Scott Gosselink (Austin, Texas/St. Stephen's Episcopal) hit a two-run double in the inning.

The Yellow Jackets responded with four runs in the bottom of the inning to cut the Generals lead to 5-4. W&L scored two runs in the sixth inning to close out the scoring.

Freshman pitcher Tim Livingston (Los Angeles, Calif./Santa Monica) earned the win to improve to 2-0 on the season. Freshman hurler Mychael Mulhern (Tatnall School) notched the save. Sophomore pitcher Adam Sattler took the loss for the Yellow Jackets.

University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) split a double-header with Manhattan College

Feb. 20, 2005

PRINCESS ANNE, MD - On Sunday afternoon UMES split a double-header with Manhattan
College. The double-header, which was to be played on Saturday, was pushed back due to low temperatures on Saturday. Manhattan won the first game 10-3, but in the second game, a Ronald Quick game-winning RBI double to right-center gave the Fighting Hawks their first victory of the 2005 season.

In the second game, the Hawks (1-7) again started strong as they retired Manhattan (2-1) in order and then Joel Maher and Quick led off the bottom half of the first with back-to-back singles. Maher and Quick each scored on groundouts, first by Craig Munch and followed by Justin Hoban (Indian River).

The Jasper's looked to get back into the game in the third inning as the lead off hitter reached via a four-pitch walk, but a line drive snagged by Brandon McCabe (Sussex Central HS) led to an easy double-play for the Fighting Hawks.

In the fourth, Manhattan final recorded its first hit and had runners on second and third with two outs, when another line-drive was snagged, this time by Bernie Stratchko.

In the top of the sixth, Manhattan knocked starting pitcher Ken Richardson out of the game as they strung together a double, a walk, a single, and a sacrifice fly to tie the game at 2-2. Richardson left after pitching 5 2/3 innings, giving up two runs on only four hits. Pete Mayta relieved Richardson with a runner on third and closed the inning without surrendering the lead. Mayta (1-0) set down the side in order in the seventh, which set up the dramatic win for UMES. Eric Gaines led off the inning reaching base after he was hit by a pitch, and then was sacrificed over to second by Maher.

With one out Quick drove a pitch over the shoulder of the centerfielder as the ball one-hopped the wall for the game-winning double. Quick finished the game 3-5 with a run and an RBI.

Special Note: In Game One, Brandon McCabe belted a grand slam, his second homerun of the season.

Joel Maher led the Hawks with two hits.

Feb. 19, 2005

Princess Anne, MD - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) Fighting Hawk
Baseball got the home portion of their season under way today against Manhattan College in the frigid winds of Hawk Stadium. UMES, who had struggled with pitching in their first five games, got a solid outing from Freshman Brad Powell but couldn't string any hits together and
fell 10-0.

The big hit of the day came in the sixth inning off the bat of catcher Justin Hoban (Indian River HS) who nearly cleared the fence in left field. It turned into a double.

UMES recorded just seven hits for the game and stranded 11 runners. Although Manhattan could only get one run per inning in the third, sixth, and seventh, they took advantage of relief pitcher Dusty Webster who struggled to find the plate. Webster gave up 4 runs and an error in left field cost the Hawks three unearned runs.

Joel Maher and Craig Munch had two hits apiece and Eric Gaines, Rob Benak, and Justin Hoban all collected a hit each.


Feb. 20, 2005

After Louisiana-Lafayette handed St. John's a 7-2 loss Saturday, the Red Storm bounced back to take Sunday's game against Southern (LA) University. Sophomore second baseman Sam DeLuca (Pelham, NY) hit an RBI double in the seventh inning and junior Craig Hansen (Glen Cove, NY) threw two innings of scoreless relief, leading the Red Storm to a 5-4 win during the final day of play at the ULL Invitational at Tigue Moore Field in Lafayette, Louisiana. The win improves St. John's to 1-2 overall, while Southern falls to 0-3.

Sophomore Anthony Sullivan (Arlington, MA) threw 1.1 innings of scoreless relief, walking one batter, as he picked up his first win of the season. Like they had in their first two games of the season, the Red Storm jumped on top in the first inning. Junior Greg Thomson (Levittown, NY) walked with two out and scored when senior Blake Hershelman (Sussex Central HS) tripled, giving St. John's a 1-0 lead.

The Jaguars hit St. John's senior starter Jim Wladyka (Rutherford, NJ) for three runs in the second as Southern took a 3-1 lead. The Red Storm, however, responded in the top of the third, scoring three times to take a 4-3 lead. Back-to-back singles from Jim Martin (Norwood, MA) and Will Vogl (Pacifica, CA) put runners on first and second with one out for Thomson, who doubled down the right field line, scoring Martin. After a walk to Hershelman loaded the
bases, junior Chris Joachim (Masaspequa, NY) laced a single to right, scoring Vogl and Thomson, and giving St. John's a 4-3 lead.

Southern tied the game at 4-all in the sixth with an RBI single from Gene Filyaw. In the seventh, junior Jarod Hickle (LaGrange, TX) hit a one-out double down the left field line, putting the winning run in scoring position. DeLuca followed with a double to right, scoring pinch-runner Tim Blackmon (Rochester, NY) and giving St. John's a 5-4 lead.

Hansen entered the game in the eighth and retired the side. He gave up a leadoff walk in the ninth, but retired the next three batters for his first save of the season.

Wladyka started and went 5.2 innings, giving up four runs (one earned) on four hits, with no walks and five strikeouts. Joachim led the Red Storm at the plate, going 2-for-4 with two RBI.

St. John's plays next at Florida International, starting a three-game series on Friday (2/25/05).

Salisbury 7, Elizabethtown 1 (Game 1), Salisbury 6, Elizabethtown 1 (Game 2)

"The Sea Gulls improved to 3-1-1 overall with a doubleheader sweep at home Saturday in non-conference play. Salisbury, ranked 13th in the nation, built a 6-0 lead through three innings in the opener and finished with a 7-1 victory. Junior RHP Nick Dunk (Seaford HS) allowed one run and three hits in five innings of work to improve to 2-0 on the season. Greg Lemon (St. Mark's) finished with three hits while Nick Pegelow (Seaford) and Mike Williams added two hits each for Salisbury in the opener.

Salisbury rallied from an early 1-0 deficit with six runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings for the 6-1 win in the nightcap. Junior RHP Eric Bush worked five innings of two-hit ball for his first win of the year. The Sea Gulls finished with just four hits in the nightcap, but took advantage of six walks issued by E-town pitchers and two fielding errors. Elizabethtown falls to 0-2."

Salisbury Baseball 2/21/05

Blue Jays drop doubleheader to #13 Salisbury University

Saturday, February 19, 2005 - "The Elizabethtown Blue Jays battled a frigid 25 degree temperature and a tough Salisbury University squad on Saturday, dropping two games to the nationally ranked Sea Gulls.

Adam Rebert (0-1) absorbed the loss in the opener for E-Town, as Salisbury banged out 14 hits on their way to a 7-1 victory. Junior first basemen Bryan Torresani led the E-Town offense, collecting 2 hits. The Blue Jays scored their lone run on an RBI groundout by sophomore outfielder Mike Donahue, scoring senior Eric Guise who had tripled.

The nightcap started well for the Blue Jays as senior Steve Luongo began the second
inning with a double, was moved to third on a single by sophomore Dean Whetham (Brandywine HS), and scored on an Adam Rebert groundout, giving the Jays a 1-0 lead. The Sea Gulls struck back in the third with 3 runs, and scored 2 more in the fourth. Senior Drew Kelley (0-1) took the loss on the mound for the Jays, as they dropped the decision 6-1."

Elizabethtown Baseball 2/21/05


St. Mary's City, MD - The Mustangs defeated host St. Mary's College, 8-1, in non-conference play to improve to 2-1 on the year. The Seahawks scored their first and only run of the game in the bottom of the first inning off Mustang starter Gary Sanders (Caesar Rodney HS). Sanders gave up 3 hits through the first two innings but surrendered just one more through the next five to earn his first win of the year.

Sanders walked one while striking out 5. He was relieved in the eighth by freshman Phil Kraska (Mt. St. Joseph). Kraska earned his first collegiate save pitching two scoreless innings in relief. He allowed 3 hits while striking out two.

Junior Andy Leevy (Mont.-Germantown) went 3-4 with a double, a run scored, and 3 RBI and senior Anthony DeFrancisco (Pottsgrove/PA) added a basehit, a triple, 1 run scored, and 3 RBI. Junior third baseman Matt Waltrip (Dulaney) finished 4-5 with a double.

The Mustangs next travel to Catholic University on Wednesday, February 23rd.

Fordham Takes Two From Hornets For Series Sweep

20 February, 2005

Dover, DE --- Del State University fell to 0-9 on the season after losing to Fordham 8-4 and 3-1 in college baseball on Sunday. The Rams swept the three-game series to improve to 3-0. In the opener, Fordham first baseman Gary Kaible was four-for-five with a homer and three RBI, while catcher Jeremy Bourgeois was three-for-four with a solo homer. Kaible singled in a run in the first to give Fordham a 2-0 lead. His two-run homer in the fifth put the Rams ahead 6-3.

Brandon Gravely was three-for-four for Delaware State. Norris Gordon and Kevin Hill added
two hits each for the Hornets. In the nightcap. Bourgeois put Fordham ahead 2-0 with a two run homer in the fourth. The Rams took a 3-0 lead on a sacrifice fly by Eric Reese in the fifth. Dan Cleary accounted for Delaware State's run with a solo homer in the sixth. Delaware State left 12 men on base in the game. The Hornets left the bases loaded without scoring in the fifth and seventh innings. Chase Korneman (Cape Henlopen HS) took the loss for Delaware State despite pitching a four-hit complete game.

Special Note: In the coming weeks you'll see more and more teams listed as they begin their seasons. Please stop back as we continue to expect BIG things from Delaware's athletes "in & around" college baseball.
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