Drexel Sweeps Delaware for First Time in Program History

April 4, 2017

Brenton "Sweet B" Rayner Delivers a Strike to the Delaware Blue Hens Picture Courtesy of Greg Markowitz

The Drexel Dragons took on the Delaware Blue Hens in a 3-game conference series at home. This series included two 7-inning games on Saturday (4/22/17) and a 9-inning game on Sunday (4/23/17). The Dragons swept the Blue Hens for the first time in program history, improving their conference record to 7-2. The Dragons are currently first place in the North Atlantic-East Conference.

Game 1:

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Drexel 0 1 0 0 7 3 0 11 13 0
University of Delaware 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 5 1

For the first game of the series, Greg Markowitz took the mound for the Drexel Dragons. Markowitz proved to be a consistent pitcher for the Dragons as he pitched 5 2/3 innings, striking out 1 batter and giving up 3 runs. He was cruising for the first five innings against the Blue Hens. Markowitz’s only mistake in the game was when he gave up a 3-run homerun in the 5th inning. The Dragon offense helped back up Markowitz as they scored 11 runs on the game. Stand out stars for game one were Michael Melady who went 3-4 including a bases-clearing double and George Armentani who went 3-5 with a run scored. Shane Metzger was also a notable performer who crushed a 3-run homerun over the left field fence. Paul Kubat continued his dominant relief pitching as he struck out two batters in 1 1/3 inning to finish off Delaware in game one.

Game 2:

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Drexel 0 0 0 3 2 3 0 8 9 1
University of Delaware 0 3 2 0 0 2 0 7 8 0

In the second game of the series, Brenton Rayner was given the ball for the Dragons. Only going 2 1/3 innings, Rayner struggled in the rainy conditions giving up five runs before being taken out of the game. Jake Moss would take Rayner’s place on the mound going 3 and 2/3 innings for the Dragons only giving up two. On the offensive side of the ball, the Dragons managed to put up 8 runs over the seven-innings played. Down 5-0 early, the Dragons had a lot of work cut out for them if they wanted to win this one. In the fourth inning, the bats woke up for Drexel as they scored three runs in one inning cutting the score to 5-3. Scoring two more runs in the fifth inning and three runs in the sixth, Drexel would go on to take an 8-7 lead over the Blue Hens headed into the top of the seventh. The scoring spur was led by a series of walks and hits by everyone in the lineup. Standing out from the crowd, Patrick Bowlin went 3 for 3 on the day with two singles, a double, and a stolen base. Also noticeable was sophomore first baseman Michael Agurkis. Agurkis only had one hit on the day, but he was constantly on base with two walks and a run scored. Senior Paul Kubat was brought into the game to close things out for the Dragons and he didn’t disappoint. Facing only three batters, Kubat shut it down for the Dragons giving them their second win on the day.

Game 3:

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Drexel 5 3 0 2 1 0 1 1 0 13 12 0
University of Delaware 0 0 1 1 2 0 1 1 1 7 10 1

The Dragons went for the sweep in game three and got exactly what they wanted. Drexel came out on top 13-7 and the bats could not be silenced. The Dragons came out swinging as the first 5 of the 6 batters scored and gave starting pitcher, Brenton Rayer, early run support. Michael Agurkis went 3 for 6 from the plate with a double. Ben Acero, Paul Kubat, George Armentani each had two hits on the day. Mike Melady drew six walks in the game. Brenton took care of the Blue Hens as he pitched 4 inning, striking out 3 batters and only allowing 2 runs. Jack Levine came in relief and pitched 2/3 inning, giving up 2 runs. Thurston Lu followed in relief and pitched a strong 4 1/3 innings, striking out 1 batter and giving up 3 runs. The Dragons were ecstatic to sweep Delaware for the first time in program history. They look to keep their momentum high as they have a seven game win streak going into the game against Sacred Heart next weekend. Continue to catch all of the Drexel Baseball action by following us on Twitter (@Drexel_Baseball) and Instagram (drexelbaseball) for news and updates.  

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