BRISTOL - Matt Tsiaris ripped a two-run homer in the first inning, setting the tempo for the Pennsylvania squad as it won its opening game in the Mid-Atlantic Regional, 4-3 over Delaware on Sunday.
For Pennsylvania, Tsiaris led the way with his two-run shot to go along with a 2-for-2 night with a walk. T.J. Cadden finished 1-for-2 with an RBI, one walk and one run scored. No. 9 hitter Gage Swanger ended his day 1-for-2 and delivered the fourth and final run for Pennsylvania.
Michael McKenna ripped a double off of the right field fence. The double was the only extra base hit in the game other than the Tsiaris homer.
“I’ve been waiting ever since the state championship game a week ago,” Tsiaris said. “I’ve been waiting ever since to play these games and I think I got to figure it out today, all of the excitement.”
On the other side, Delaware’s leadoff hitter Owen Daminger was 1-for-2 with a walk and a run scored. Timothy Hitchcock also finished 1-for-2 with a walk and a run scored. No. 3 hitter, Gage Joseph, finished the game 2-for-3 with an RBI to go along with a walk and a run.
Delaware starting pitcher Kye Wells showed strong strikeout stuff, as he struck out the three batters in the first inning. However, Wells ran up his pitch count to 54 and walked four Pennsylvania batters.
In relief for Wells were Carter Breasure and Hitchcock.
Breasure struggled in his inning of work, allowing two hits and a run, but managed to limit the damage to just the one run.
Hitchcock added to his strong hitting performance with two strong innings of pitching. He threw a pair of scoreless innings and allowed just one hit while striking out two and walking none.
The starting pitcher for Pennsylvania was Swanger. He finished with three innings pitched and one unearned run while striking out two and walking two.
Tsiaris pitched a scoreless inning in relief with one strikeout before giving the ball over to McKenna. In 1 1/3 innings pitched, McKenna did not allow a hit or walk a batter and struck out a pair of Delaware batters.
“Defense and pitching. You know we’ve been scoring a lot of runs of late. And to squeak through in a 4-3 game is a nice night.” Pennsylvania manager Keith Cadden said.
In the top of the fifth inning, with the bases loaded and one out, Delaware’s Paris Mitchell grounded a ball to shortstop for the out at second, but with an error on the throw to first, two Delaware runs scored.
With the win, Pennsylvania will face Maryland on Monday at 4 p.m. Delaware will draw the loser of today’s game between New York and New Jersey on Tuesday at 4 p.m.
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