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Goan, Blue Hens’ Arms Shine in 6-2 Triumph at Saint Joe’s

302sports 265 May 3

                                  (Haas L, Hutchinson C, Miller R, UD)

MERION STATION, Pa. –
The Delaware baseball team got a four-RBI performance out of junior Jack Goan and the pitching staff held Saint Joseph's scoreless over the final eight innings to lead the Blue Hens to a 6-2 victory Tuesday afternoon at Smithson Field. 
 
The Blue Hens (17-27, 6-9 CAA) struck first, pushing across a four-spot in the first inning that was highlighted by Goan's three-run big fly to left center to jump out to the early lead. Saint Joseph's (16-23, 8-7 A10) answered with two runs on three hits in the home half, but freshman Jack Dubecq (St Marks) worked around some trouble to strand a pair.  
 
"I'm really proud of the way our guys jumped out to an early lead," said head coach Jim Sherman. "Jack gave us momentum in that first inning and we were able to run with it the rest of the afternoon."
 
Freshman Joseph Carpenter extended his hitting streak to 23 games and on-base mark to 36 contests with a base hit in the third. It marks the longest hitting streak by a Blue Hen since the 2010 season. 
 
Sophomore Jordan Hutchins (Dover) walked in front of Carpenter and came around to score on the sacrifice fly by Goan to make it 5-2 in the third. Goan's four RBIs on the afternoon match his season high. 
 
Dubecq worked 4.0 innings and worked three scoreless after allowing the two runs in the first, scattering four hits and striking out a pair. Sophomore Joey Haas (Polytech) followed suit, retiring all six batters he faced with a strikeout. 
 
"Jack really competed and settled in after his first inning and the guys of the bullpen did everything we asked of them," Sherman said. "Those guys putting up all those zeros gives our dugout a lot of momentum."
 
The Blue Hens added insurance in the top half of the ninth when junior Vinny Vaccone opened the inning with a walk and he would come around to score on a sacrifice fly by sophomore Zack Miller (Salesianum). Sophomore Chance DiFebbo had the honors out of the bullpen in the home half and allowed a hit, but picked up a strikeout and shut the door.  
 
Delaware's attention turns back to conference play when it travels to UNCW for a three-game series that opens up with a 6 p.m. first pitch Friday.