Hempstead, N.Y. – Joe Perez put down a suicide squeeze bunt with one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the 13th inning to drive in Robbie Cafiero with the winning run in a 4-3 Hofstra victory over Delaware Saturday afternoon.
Hofstra improved to 19-21 overall and 7-10 in the CAA, while Delaware falls to 26-11 and 11-6 in league play.
Brett Schreiber picked up the win in a short day’s work, getting the final out in the 13th after Bryan Verbitsky pitched 7 1/3 scoreless innings in relief. Schreiber improved to 1-2 after taking over after Verbitsky retired 22 of 23 batters faced.
The winning rally began with Cafiero reaching on a hit by pitch. Jackson hit a grounder to second that Delaware second baseman DJ Long booted, putting runners on the corners. After Jackson took second, Hammer grounded out for the first out.
Delaware intentionally walked Reistetter to load the bags and, on the first pitch from Eric Buckland, Perez dropped the bunt. Buckland (3-2) tried for the force at home but Cafiero slid in safely for the win.
Verbitsky’s clutch effort out of the Hofstra bullpen was another major storyline. He logged 22 outs, marking his longest career outing, and allowed just one hit with six strikeouts. The Pride held the Blue hens scoreless for the final 11 innings.
The two teams traded first inning runs with Nick Ferdinand singling home Cameron Travalini. The Pride responded with a two-out rally started by a Jackson single. Hammer followed with a single as well to move Jackson to second. Reistetter then tied the score with a double to left center.
Delaware took a 3-1 lead with two runs in the second. Ty Warrington doubled to lead off the inning and moved to third on an infield single from Brock Niggebrugge. Joe Giacchino singled home the first run and two batters later, Jimmy Yezzo, flared a single to drive in the second run.
Hofstra cut the deficit in half in the third as Reistetter delivered his second RBI of the day, this time a run-scoring single that plated Cafiero, who had reached on a fielder’s choice.
The Pride tied the score at 3-3 in the bottom of the eighth as Jackson and Hammer produced back-to-back doubles, with Hammer’s tying the contest.
The two teams conclude the series Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.