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Blue Hens Pull Out 5-3 Win Over Villanova

302sports 259 Apr 28

                                (Walter L, Miller C, Ludman R, UD)


NEWARK, Del. – Seven games into night games at Bob Hannah Stadium and I think the Blue Hens like their new addition.
 
The University of Delaware baseball team won for the sixth time in the first seven night games ever played at Bob Hannah on Friday night, taking home a 5-3 victory over local rival Villanova in the first of a two-game weekend series. 
 
Redshirt junior Brandon Walter (Hodgson) led the way with an outstanding pitching performance, while freshman Joseph Carpenter continued to swing a hot stick to lead the offensive attack.
 
"I'm proud of our guys for sticking with it and fighting through some adversity tonight to come away with the win," head coach Jim Sherman said. "I've said it several times this year, but it was true again tonight, a great pitching performance can really bring a different level of energy to a dugout and you saw that tonight." 
 
Walter was literally unhittable, allowing just one walk in six innings of work, while striking out 11 and not allowing a single hit. Sophomores Chris Ludman (St Marks) and Chance DiFebbo came on to throw the final three innings to secure the win. 
 
Offensively, Carpenter went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, two RBIs and his fourth HR of the season. His on-base streak now sits at 34 and his hitting streak is now at 21. His hit streak now ranks as the longest active streak in the country. Vinny Vaccone also had two hits and two RBIs, while Zack Miller (Salesianum) continued to swing a hot stick with his third multi-hit performance in the past six games. 
 
"Walt was tremendous. He pounded the strike zone all night and really got great movement. That performance really gave our dugout some juice and I thought we had a bunch of different guys have good at-bats throughout the night," Sherman added.
 
Delaware struck first in the second inning when Carpenter ripped a single up the middle and on the next pitch, Vaccone launched a triple into the right field gap to make it a 1-0 game. Two batters later, Miller laced a single through the right side to plate Vaccone and push the Blue Hens lead to 2-0. 
 
Another RBI from Vaccone in the third would make it a 3-0 game and that was plenty for Walter, who struck out six of the first nine batters he faced.  
 
A power outage to the lights in right field caused an hour-long delay, but once it returned, so did Walter, tossing two more innings of no-hit ball for Delaware. 
 
Villanova wouldn't get a hit until the second batter of the top of the eighth, but Ludman buckled down to get out of the jam and keep it a 3-0 game.

That was until the bottom of the eighth when Carpenter launched a moonshot to left field for a two-run HR and a 5-0 advantage.
 
Villanova would try and rally in the ninth, but DiFebbo would close it out for the Blue Hens.
 
Up Next
 
The two teams will battle it out one more time on Sunday afternoon at Bob Hannah Stadium. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.