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NORFOLK, Va. -- Behind an epic four run eighth inning, the University of Delaware baseball squad defeated SEC member Kentucky, 4-3 on Sunday afternoon in the final game of the Old Dominion Tournament.

“Today’s win was a great comeback for our guys as well as our program,” head coach Jim Sherman said. “We got an outstanding start from [Kevin] Milley, and a pair of lights out relief appearances from [James] Meeker and [Ron] Marinaccio. We got big time hits from [Doug] Trimble and [Nick] Patten. It was great to see our guys come through when we needed it. We played well for the majority of this tournament, but we still have things to work on going forward, but it’s always easier to end the weekend with a win.” 

Trailing 3-0 heading into eighth, the Hens struck for four runs due to timely hitting and a costly throwing error by Kentucky (2-6) pitcher Logan Sallow.

Sallow’s error gave Delaware (2-5) runners on first and second with one out, instead of producing a potential inning ending double play.

Following the error, UD received a single from Nick Tierno that loaded the bases, and sacrifice fly from Jordan Glover to cut the Kentucky lead to 3-1.

With two outs in the frame, the Hens got back-to-back doubles from designated hitter Doug Trimble and first baseman Nick Patten to take a 4-3 lead.

Trimble’s double scored a run and put runners on second and third, while Patten’s cleared the bases, plating the tying and go-ahead runs.   

In the top half of the ninth inning, Sherman summoned closer Ron Marinaccio, who retired the Kentucky side in order on just 12 pitches, striking out a pair of Wildcat batters.

After scoring 35 runs and producing 36 hits in their victories against Saint Joseph’s and Old Dominion, Delaware starter Kevin Milley and the rest of the Blue Hens staff held the Wildcats to just three runs and nine hits.

Sunday’s win is the first victory over an SEC opponent since Delaware defeated South Carolina in the 1983 NCAA Tournament.

The Blue Hens return to the diamond this weekend where they will host the Bob Hannah Invitational against Rider and in-state rival Delaware State.

Friday’s home opener against Rider is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. from Bob Hannah Field.

HEN SCRATCHINGS:

·      Delaware defeated a power five opponent for the first time this season. The Hens defeated Virginia Tech and Maryland last season.
·      Milley has now produced four straight appearances of six innings or longer. The senior lefty has produced an ERA of 1.98 this season, and has produced a 1.67 ERA over his last four starts.
·      Marinaccio produced his second consecutive appearance with multiple strikeouts. He also picked up his first career save.
·      Kevin Mohollen has now reached safely in all seven games this season.
·      Delaware improves to 2-0 when leading after eight innings.

AGATE:

Kentucky............ 101000100 - 3-9-2
Delaware............ 00000004X - 4-6-1


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