Catcher Zach Miller drove in three runs to support another strong pitching performance as fifth-seeded Delaware remained alive in the CAA Baseball Championship with a 5-1 triumph over #3 Charleston Thursday night at Veterans Memorial Park.
The Blue Hens (31-26) face top-seeded Northeastern at 3 p.m. on Friday, while the Cougars (36-19) were eliminated from the tournament after their second loss of the day.
Miller finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBI’s to lead Delaware offensively. Calvin Scott was 2-for-4 and with a run scored and Kyle Baker went 2-for-5 with an RBI.
For the third straight game, the Blue Hens received an outstanding effort from their pitching staff. Ludman, a freshman right-hander, scattered three hits over the first 5.2 innings and evened his record at 2-2 with the win. James Meeker picked up sixth save after allowing one run over the final 3.1 frames. He got the Hens out a bases-loaded jam to end a Charleston threat in the sixth.
Jakob Frishmuth (4-4) took the loss for the Cougars, who got 3.1 innings of no-hit relief from Justin Baker.
Delaware struck for three runs on three hits in the second inning. Scott beat out an infield single and Diaz Nardo drew a one-out walk. A double steal moved both runners into scoring position and Miller brought them home with a single to left. With two outs, Kevin Mohollen’s RBI single plated Miller for a 3-0 Blue Hens’ lead.
The Blue Hens extended their advantage in the sixth. Nardo doubled down the left-field line, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on Miller’s infield single. A two-out single by Baker drove in Miller and pushed the Delaware lead to 5-0.
Charleston was able to get on the board in the ninth as Dupree Hart’s two-out single to left drove in Luke Stageberg.
Earlier in the day, Freshman Matt Oldham’s RBI single up the middle in the 12th inning sent second-seeded Elon to a 3-2 walk-off victory over #3 Charleston in Game 5 of the CAA Baseball Championship on Thursday afternoon at Veterans Memorial Park.
The Phoenix (36-21), who extended their winning streak to eight, advance to play #4 UNCW at 11 a.m. on Friday in the winner’s bracket final.
After leaving 14 men on base over the first 11 innings, Elon was able to break through in the 12th. Shawn Blake opened the frame by doubling off the top of the right-field fence. Ty Adcock reached on a fielder’s choice and Cam Devanney was intentionally walked to fill the bases. That set the stage for Oldham, who capped a 3-for-6 afternoon by finding a hole in the middle of Charleston’s drawn-in infield and bringing pinch runner Liam O’Regan home with the winning run.
Both teams got impressive outings from their pitching staffs. Elon sophomore ace Kyle Brnovich scattered seven hits and allowed two runs over the first 8.2 innings. The semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award fanned six to increase his season strikeout total to 147, which is the second-highest season total in CAA history behind only Major League star Justin Verlander (151 in 2004). Reliever Robbie Welhaf (5-4) earned the win after surrendering just one hit over the final 3.1 shutout innings.
Charleston starter Griffin McLarty gave up one run during the first three frames before turning it over to senior Carter Love, who limited the Phoenix to only an unearned run on five hits over the next 6.1 innings. Nathan Ocker (2-4) took the loss despite striking out three in 1.2 innings of work.
Charleston grabbed an early lead in the top of the second when first baseman Ari Sechopoulos launched a two-run homer over the fence in right. It was his ninth homer of the year and his second of the tournament.
Elon cut the margin in half in the bottom of the second. Ty Adcock singled, advanced to second on a fly out and scored on Oldham’s two-out single to left.
The Phoenix tied the game at 2-2 in the seventh. Josh Broughton singled and was able to move into scoring position following a fielding error. Ryne Ogren delivered an RBI single to left.
Along with Oldham, Broughton (2-for-5) and Joe Satterfield (2-for-6) contributed multiple hits. For Charleston, shortstop Luke Manzo was 3-for-5.