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Alex Mottle hit a two-run home run to spark the Blue Hens to the victory
Courtesy: Mark Campbell

Blue Hen Bats Come Alive as Delaware Baseball Pounds Rider 11-5 to Even Series

Courtesy: Delaware Athletics
Release: 03/08/2014
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BEL AIR, Md. - What a difference a day makes.

Just 24 hours after the Blue Hens collected just three hits in a series-opening loss to Rider, the University of Delaware bats came to life on the way to an 11-5 victory over Rider Saturday afternoon at Harford Community College.

The Blue Hens (5-7) snapped a three-game losing streak as they banged out 12 hits, including two big ones from Norm Donkin and Alex Mottle on the way to the victory.

The two teams will close out the series Sunday with a 1 p.m. start at Harford CC.

Delaware pulled away from an early 3-2 lead thanks to a five-run fourth inning that was highlighted by a bases-clearing double from Donkin. Mottle added a two-run home run, his first of the season, in the eighth inning.

"We played well tonight," said Delaware head coach Jim Sherman. "We got clutch hitting with Donkin's bases loaded double and from Mottle's homer in the eighth. (Starting pitcher) Brandon Hinkle battled for us once again on the mound to help us get the win."

Rider, which snapped a five-game losing streak in the 4-1 win over Delaware Friday, fell to 3-7 as the Broncs collected just six hits on the day.

Hinkle (2-1) continued to pitch well as he picked up his second win of the season as he went six innings, allowed four hits and three runs, and struck out eight Rider battlers. He now has 19 strikeouts in his last two starts.

Brock Niggebrugge pitched the eighth and Luke Alicknavitch struck out two in two scoreless innings to finish off the win.

Sherman shook up the Blue Hen lineup and it worked as Tyler Dean, Donkin, Zach Lopes, and Greg Olenski each banged out two hits. Olenski, who made just his second start of the season and played designated hitter, scored three times and Dean crossed the plate twice.

Delaware jumped out to a 3-2 lead after three innings behind an RBI double from Olenski and an RBI groundout by Tyler Powell in the second and a run-scoring single in the second by Lopes.

The Hens then exploded with a five-run fourth inning thanks to Donkin's bases-clearing double to the left-center wall and an RBI single by Warrington.

Rider pulled to within 9-5 with two runs in the eighth inning, but Delaware came right back in the bottom of the inning to add two more runs as Mottle his first home run of the season to right field to cap the scoring.

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