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.
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!
UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE
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.
DELAWARE BASEBALL FALLS TO UNC
GREENSBORO, 6-5, IN EXTRA INNINGS
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
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.
DELAWARE BASEBALL FALLS TO UNC
GREENSBORO, 4-3, AS SPARTANS SWEEP THREE-GAME SERIES
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.
WASHINGTON & LEE BASEBALL WINS TWO AT
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,
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
QUICK'S GAME-WINNING RBI-DOUBLE EARNS
University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) split a double-header with
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
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.
UMES DROPS HOME OPENER DESPITE STRONG
Joel Maher led the Hawks with two hits.
Feb. 19, 2005
Princess Anne, MD - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES)
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
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.
DELUCA'S DOUBLE LEADS ST. JOHN'S
UNIVERSITY PAST SOUTHERN, 5-4
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
St. John's plays next at Florida International, starting a three-game
series on Friday (2/25/05).
"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
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
VILLA JULIE (MD) - MUSTANGS TAKE HOME WIN
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.
DELAWARE STATE Fordham Takes Two From Hornets For
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
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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