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KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- The University of Delaware baseball team dropped a pair of games to the Ohio State Buckeyes and Kansas State Wildcats on Saturday during the second day of the Sunshine State Classic.

Delaware (0-3) banged out 17 hits and led 9-4 after six innings before falling to Ohio State 15-10 in the first game of the day. In the nightcap, the Hens managed just five hits and dropped a 7-0 decision to KSU.

Blue Hen leftfielder Jordan Glover knocked in five runs, including a third inning grand slam, and centerfielder Kevin Mohollen, designated hitter Doug Trimble, and second baseman Jeremy Ake each collected three hits in the loss to OSU.

After Delaware built the 9-4 lead thanks to a six-run third inning that was highlighted by Glover's shot, Ohio State (2-0) rallied with seven runs in the seventh inning and four more in the eighth to take control. 

Ohio State designated hitter Zach Ratcliff hit two home runs and finished with six RBI while Brady Cherry and Noah McGowan each collected four RBI in the victory. Cherry clouted a grand slam to aid the OSU effort.

"The first game today was a disappointing for our entire team because we had a 9-4 lead over an extremely talented Ohio State team and couldn’t put them away," said Delaware head coach Jim Sherman. "We are still trying to figure out how to best use our pitching staff and who should go where. Overall there was some good and some bad. Nick (Spadafino) gave us a great effort and we’re proud of him. We just couldn’t find the right combination down the stretch to hold on."

In the second game of the day, the Blue Hens faced off with the Wildcats of Kansas State (2-1) and managed just five hits as starter Brogran Heinen pitched three-hit shutout ball over five innings to earn the win.

Trimble had two of the Hens' five hits, including a double, and also stole a base.

Kansas State broke a scoreless tie with two runs in the fifth, added a single marker in the sixth, and scored two more times in both the eighth an ninth inning for the win. The Wildcats collected 12 hits for the game, including a 4 for 4 performance from leadoff hitter Cameron Thompson.

Delaware starter Matt Hornich (0-1) took the loss but was solid in his first outing of the season as he went 5.1 innings, allowing six hits and two earned runs while striking out five batter.

“Today was a tough day, but we lost to two really good tough teams," said Sherman. "We did take some positives out of the day as we got two nice starts out of Matt and Nick. We just couldn’t seem to get the bats going in the second game like we did in the first. Overall this weekend we’ve played 27 innings, and 20 of them have been well pitched. That’s a positive to take forward. We just need to keep working and keep the kids believing that we will get better on the mound, and be more consistent at the plate."

Delaware will return to the diamond Sunday morning to take on host Pittsburgh (2-1) in the final game of the tournament for Delaware. First pitch is scheduled for 11 a.m. from Osceola County Stadium. Senior Kevin Milley will take the mound for Delaware.

· Delaware catchers have thrown out a runner attempting to steal in the first three games this season
• Delaware catcher Brian Mayer caught three runners stealing vs. KSU
recorded multiple hits in both games today, and has recorded a hit in all three games this season
•  Glover's grand slam was the first for a Blue Hen player since Nick Tierno belted one against Binghamton last March 11

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