CHARLESTON, SC - Delaware's Eric Young tossed eight shutout innings, allowing only three base hits, as the Blue Hens defeated The Citadel 5-0 Friday afternoon at Riley Park. The two teams play game three of their four-game series Saturday afternoon at 12:00 p.m.
The Blue Hens plated a pair of runs in the opening inning for an early 2-0 lead. Nick Ferdinand reached on a fielder's choice to third to put a runner on with two outs. Ferdinand stole second and scored on a RBI double down the left-field line by Alex Maruri. Tyler Powell followed with a RBI single up the middle to score Maruri from second and give Delaware a 2-0 lead.
Delaware doubled up its lead in the second with another pair of runs, using a pair of walks, a single and a wild pitch to create the runs. With one out, EJ Stoltzfus drew a full-count walk, stole second and advanced to third on a fielding error by Bulldog shortstop Bailey Rush. After starter Kevin Connell struck out Brock Niggebrugge, Cameron Travalini walked on four straight pitches to put runners at the corners. A wild pitch by Connell advanced the runners, scoring Stoltzfus, and a RBI single up the middle by Ferdinand brought home Travalini.
The Blue Hens plated the final run in the top of the ninth as Travalini reached first after being hit by a 1-1 pitch from Citadel reliever Zach Brownlee. After Travalini stole second, back-to-back singles by Ferdinand and Maruri combined to plate the fifth run.