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HARRISONBURG, Va. -- Behind 10 runs and 14 hits, the University of Delaware baseball team defeated James Madison on Sunday afternoon by a 10-2 score at Veterans Memorial Park to earn the win in the final game of the season-opening Colonial Athletics Association series.

The Blue Hens (12-9, 1-2 CAA) received another stellar start from senior Kevin Milley, who pitched six innings, allowing just one earned run. Sunday’s start was the fourth time Milley has gone at least six innings and allowed two earned runs or fewer this season.

The combination of Milley and reliever Burk FitzPatrick held the potent Dukes (16-6, 2-1 CAA) to just four hits.

“Our effort today was outstanding,” Delaware head coach Jim Sherman said. “We received great pitching and produced some terrific at-bats. Looking back we really were just one or two plays away from winning this series, and I know the effort today will serve as a major confidence boost for our team going forward. Milley gave us six really good innings and FitzPatrick was outstanding the final three innings.

For the second consecutive afternoon the Blue Hens struck first, scoring three times in the second inning.

After a pair walks set up runners on first and second with one out, Calvin Scott found the right centerfield gap for a two RBI double. Scott advanced to third on the throw and later scored on a passed ball.

In the fourth the teams traded runs as the Blue Hens scored on an RBI double by leadoff hitter Kevin Mohollen. The Dukes scored on a solo home run by Brett Johnson.

After a scoreless fifth inning the Hens added another run in the sixth to take a 6-1 lead. In the bottom of the seventh the Dukes added their second and final run of the ball game.

After Zach Tondi singled and advanced to second on a throwing error by James Meeker, Fox Semones singled, setting up runners in scoring position with nobody out.

The mini jam prompted Sherman to replace Milley with FitzPatrick, who escaped major trouble by allowing just one runner to score on a sacrifice fly.

In the top of the eighth Delaware put the game away for good, scoring four times. After Mohollen walked and stole second with one out catcher Nick Tierno singled home Mohollen for the first run of the inning.

On the very next pitch outfielder Jordan Glover connected on his fifth home run to extend the Blue Hen lead to 9-2.

Designated hitter Doug Trimble followed Glover with another home run, giving the Hens a 10-2 lead heading into the bottom of the eighth.

FitzPatrick retired the next six batters he faced, four via a strikeout, and the Blue Hens salvaged the final game of the series. FitzPatrick’s three inning performance earned him the save.  

Delaware will return to the diamond on Tuesday when the Blue Hens travel to Rider for the first round of the Liberty Bell Classic at 3:30 p.m. 

 HEN SCRATCHINGS:
• Delaware produced 10 hits or more for the 12th time this season.
• With today’s win the Blue Hens are now 11-0 this season when leading after eight innings and 9-1 when leading after seven.
• The Hens are 10-1 when scoring at least 10 runs and 6-1 when scoring in the first inning.
• Delaware improved to 6-1 when hitting a home run.
• Five Blue Hens starters are batting at least .300 or better this season.
• Delaware held the top offensive team in the CAA to just four hits (.129 batting average) and one home run. JMU was averaging 11 hits per game coming entering the contest
• Trimble has a 17-game hitting streak. He recorded multiple hits in all three games during the series and has 11 games with two hits or more.
• Nardo has an eight-game hitting streak and has reached base in 14 consecutive games. 

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