Roundup: Sherman wins 500th as Hen baseball coach in 5-4 comeback over N.C. State

Jim Sherman

The Delaware baseball team, behind a three-run seventh inning rally, defeated North Carolina State 5-4 Sunday afternoon to give UD coach Jim Sherman his 500th career victory with the Blue Hens.

Sherman joins his mentor, Bob Hannah, as the only coaches to record 500 wins at the helm of the Hens.

“To be a part of win number 400 and now win number 500 is pretty awesome,” catcher Brian Mayer said. “It’s an honor to have been a member of both of those milestones. In Delaware history there have been just two coaches to reach that mark, Coach Hannah and now Coach Sherman.”

Trailing 3-2 heading into the seventh, Delaware (25-20) loaded the bases with nobody out on a pair of walks and a hit batter. Outfielder Kyle Baker smacked a two-run single into left field.

Later in the inning, shortstop Jeremy Ake legged out an infield hit for the Hens’ fifth run of the game. Baker went 2 for 4 with two RBI to lead the offense.
The victory snapped a four-game losing streak for the Hens and a seven-game winning streak for the Wolfpack (27-21).

“I was so proud of our pitching and clutch hitting this afternoon,” Sherman said. “We got contributions from multiple people today and that was important. ,,, Today was truly a team victory. Now we head home and have to get healthy for the stretch run of CAA play.”

Coppin State 11, Delaware State 9: The Eagles scored two 10th-inning runs on DSU balks to win the series finale.

The Eagles led 9-2 before DSU stormed back, scoring the tying run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning.

The loss snapped a four-game win streak for the Hornets, who end their MEAC schedule with a 14-10 (19-22 overall) record to finish second in the North Division.

DelState’s Darnel Maisonet went 3-for-4 with three RBI. The Hornets also got a three-run, inside-the-park home run from Jaylen Zielecki.

Travis Dill (Caesar Rodney) was the tough luck loser for DSU. He pitched 6.2 innings of scoreless relief to keep the Hornets in the game, however, he was charged with Coppin State’s two 10th-inning runs.

College softball

Delaware 1, UNCW 0: Junior righthander Jordan Cargile fired a seven-hit shutout as the Blue Hens completed a thrilling weekend sweep to qualify for the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament.

Delaware, which recorded a pair of one-run victories over the Seahawks on Saturday, finishes its regular season at 24-27 overall and 10-11 in the CAA. The Hens earned the fifth seed in the conference tourney, and will take on fourth-seeded UNCW (31-16-1, 10-10 CAA) again on Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the double-elimination tournament’s opening game at JMU’s Veterans Memorial Park.

It took Delaware just three batters to take the lead on Sunday, as Leanna Gearhart led off the bottom of the first with a triple to rightfield and, one out later, Mariah Kondravy ripped an RBI single into right.

College golf

UD women at NCAAs: Delaware will participate in its second consecutive NCAA Women’s Golf Regional today through Wednesday when the Blue Hens compete in the Columbus Regional hosted by Ohio State.

The Hens are one of 18 teams at the regional, which will be held on the par 72, 6,416-yard Scarlet Course at the OSU Golf Club. Delaware is the 16th seed at the regional.

The low six teams, and the low three individuals not on those teams, from each of the four regionals advance to the national championships, which will be held May 19-24 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill.

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