|Blue Hens Take Two From Seahawks Friday|
NEWARK, Delaware – Senior Lara Andrews went 5-for-7 with four RBI to lead Delaware to a doubleheader sweep of UNCW, 6-2 and 6-1, in Colonial Athletic Association softball action Friday at the Delaware Softball Stadium.
The Blue Hens improved to 34-20 overall and 11-9 in league play as they moved into a tie with Towson for fourth place in the league standings while the Seahawks dropped to 16-36 and 3-16. The two teams conclude their three-game series Saturday with a single contest starting at Noon.
Game one saw Delaware take a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second on a two-run single from freshman Hannah George and add an insurance run in the third on a two-out double by senior Amanda Stacevicz to build a 3-0 cushion.
The Blue Hens then doubled their advantage to 6-0 in the fourth, striking for three runs on four hits, highlighted by a RBI single by sophomore Jessica Grisler and a two-run double by Andrews.
UNCW got the board in the sixth with a RBI single from freshman Erin Brown and further cut into the Blue Hens advantage with a run-scoring single from senior Lauryn Buckworth in the top of the seventh to make it a 6-2 game. That would be as close as the Seahawks would get, however, as Delaware recorded back-to-back outs after the Buckworth single to close out the contest.
Andrews was 3-for-4 with two RBI while Stacevicz and freshman Tori Conrad were both 2-for-3 at the plate to highlight a Blue Hens lineup that finished with 12 base hits in the contest. George went 1-for-2 with two RBI while Grisler was 1-for-4 with one run batted in.
Senior Chenxi Jiao pitched all seven innings for Delaware in the opener to improve her record to 13-7. Jiao allowed two runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out seven.
Sophomore Casey Rowland took the loss for the Seahawks in game one to drop to 10-14 on the season. In four innings of work, Rowland allowed six runs (one earned) on 11 hits.
Game two saw UNCW take a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a RBI single by junior KC Shue, only to see Delaware counter with four runs on four hits in the bottom of the frame to build a 4-1 advantage.
The Blue Hens maintained their three-run margin until the bottom of the sixth, when a two-run single by Andrews stretched the lead to 6-1 and closed out the scoring.
Andrews went 2-for-3 with two RBI to pace the Blue Hens attack in the nightcap while three players –Stacevicz, junior Michelle McKinnon and freshman Shelby Jones – all finished with one RBI apiece.
Stacevicz was credited with the win for Delaware in the circle as she improved to 6-4 on the season. Pitching all seven innings, Stacevicz allowed just one run on four hits and one walk. She struck out seven and only allowed two base runners to reach base during the final six innings of the contest.
Buckworth went 3-for-3 to account for all but one of the Seahawks four base hits in the nightcap. Shue had the fourth base hit with her run-scoring single in the first.
Schmidt took the loss for UNCW in game two to move to 5-16 on the season. In 5.1 innings of work, Schmidt surrendered six runs on six hits and five walks.