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HARRISONBURG, Va. -- The University of Delaware baseball squad dropped its Colonial Athletic Association opener 12-8 to James Madison Friday night at Veterans Memorial Park.

The host Dukes (16-5, 1-0 CAA) scored six first-inning runs and added multiple runs in the fifth and seventh to defeat the Blue Hens (11-8, 0-1 CAA).

The teams will play their second game of the three-game series Saturday at 4 pm followed by the series finale Sunday at 2 pm.

“Tonight was a disappointing way to start CAA play,” Delaware head coach Jim Sherman said. “As a team, we just did not perform well in any of the phases. Now we need to turn the page and get ready for a bounce back effort tomorrow afternoon.”

After allowing six first-inning runs, Delaware starter Brandon Walter settled down over the next three innings, allowing the Hens to make a mini rally. In the third inning the Blue Hens scored four runs behind three consecutive singles from Doug Trimble, Nick Patten, and Jeremy Ake.

After the teams traded zeros in the fourth, the Blue Hens tied the game at six in the fifth, receiving solo home runs from Patten and Diaz Nardo.

The game did not stay tied for long, as JMU would strike for three runs of its own in the bottom half, aided by a pair of errors, to chase Walter. The Dukes added a single run in the sixth, and two runs in the seventh to enjoy a 12-6 lead heading into final frame of the game.

In the ninth, the Blue Hens received back-to-back singles from Nick Tierno and Jordan Glover. After a wild pitch, Patten grounded out, scoring Tierno. UD later added another run on another RBI single by Ake before Kevin Kelly recorded the final out.

Offensively, the Blue Hens received multiple hits from Tierno and Trimble, in addition to the home runs from Patten and Nardo.

Nick Spadafino is scheduled to take the mound Saturday for the Hens while Colton Harlow will pitch for the Dukes.

HEN SCRATCHINGS:
• Delaware produced 10 hits or more for the 10th time this season.
• The Blue Hens fell to 6-2 when they hit at least one home run.
• Five Blue Hens starters are batting at least .300 or better this season.
• Trimble has a 14-game hitting streak and has recorded a hit in every game but one this year.  He recorded his ninth multiple-hit game this season.
• Nardo, Mohollen, Trimble, and Calvin Scott have all reached base in 10 consecutive games.

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