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Youth Help Blue Hens Pull Away From Towson In 10-3 Win

302sports 147 Apr 22

                               (Colmery L, Hutchins C, Miller R, UD)

                       (Lesher L, Silan R, UD)

TOWSON, Md. – The future of the University of Delaware baseball program was on full display on Sunday afternoon.
With a freshmen duo leading the offensive attack and a freshman picking up the win on the mound, the Blue Hens showed exactly why the future is so bright in a 10-3 victory over Towson in the finale of the three-game CAA series.
Delaware pounded out 11 hits on the day and scored nine runs in the final four innings to pull away with the crucial victory. 
"We knew that in order to have success we would have to have our younger guys step up throughout the year and that's exactly what we saw today," head coach Jim Sherman said. "We knew this league would be a battle until the final weekend and if you look at the standings, that's exactly what we are heading towards."
Offensively, the freshmen duo of Austin Colmery (St Marks) and Joseph Carpenter combined for five hits, three runs scored and four RBIs. Classmate Zach Lesher (Newark Charter) had two RBIs on the day, while sophomore Zack Miller (Salesianum) had three RBIs in the win. 
On the mound, Joey Silan (Caravel) was outstanding, tying a career-high with six innings of work, allowing just two earned runs on six hits and posting a career-high nine strikeouts. Junior Derek Wakeley came out of the pen to close things down, picking up his fourth save of the year with three shutout innings. 
"Joey was outstanding today and really competed and gave our offense a chance to settle in and get going," Sherman added. "Hitting and confidence are such contagious things and can really get a club going and you saw that late in the game with us today."
The contest started as a pitcher's duel with Silan locking horns with Towson's Connor Coyle for the first five innings with the Tigers leading just 2-1 heading into the sixth.
Enter the Blue Hen offense.
Jordan Hutchins (Dover) led off with a single up the middle and moved to second on a walk to Carpenter. Two batters later, Jack Goan was intentionally walked to load the bases. Two pitches later, Miller laced a single to right to plate two. Lesher followed with a two-RBI single of his own to quickly give the Blue Hens a 5-2 lead.
Colmery kept the rally going with a triple to left center to plate Lesher and Mohollen brought him home with a sacrifice fly to complete the six-run frame and make it a 7-2 cushion. 
Miller would add an RBI in the seventh and Colmery would take advantage of some free bases in the ninth to score two more Blue Hens and finalize the scoring on the day.
Wakeley would come in and allow just two baserunners over the final three innings to secure the victory.
Up Next
Delaware takes on Lafayette in the Liberty Bell Classic Championships game for the second straight year on Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park. First pitch is set for 7 p.m.