Box Score

NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware baseball team erased a 6-1 fifth inning deficit, scoring 20 unanswered runs to defeat Rider 21-6 Wednesday afternoon at Bob Hannah Stadium.

The game, which was moved from Tuesday at Rider to Wednesday at Delaware due to unplayable conditions at the Broncs' home field, served as the quarterfinals of the annual Liberty Bell Classic.

Delaware (13-9) advances to the semifinals where the Hens will meet La Salle, which defeated Lehigh 2-1 earlier Wednesday. In other LBC action, Penn defeated Lafayette 9-8 and Villanova downed Saint Joseph’s 7-3.

“The first few innings were not pretty,” Delaware head coach Jim Sherman said. “Coming off a CAA (Colonial Athletic Association) weekend where our focus was so strong, we did not continue that mindset for the first three innings today. We let our guard down a bit and it showed. Credit Rider for starting off well, but it was nice to see us turn it around quickly. Our bullpen did a nice job throwing up six consecutive scoreless innings, settling the game down, and allowing our bats to wake up.”

The Blue Hens got off to a slow start as Rider (8-13) scored six runs (just one earned) off starter Matt Hornich in the first three innings. After Rider scored its sixth run in the third with just one out, the Blue Hens went to the bullpen, calling on reliever Scott Zimmer.

Zimmer allowed an infield single to the first batter he faced, before ending the inning on a 4-6-3 double play. The infield single was the only hit Zimmer allowed in his three scoreless innings.

Delaware, which improved to 10-1 at home this season, used a five-run fifth inning to tie the score at 6-6 and then took control by scoring six runs in the sixth, three more in the seventh, and six in the ninth.

Every Delaware starter had at least one-hit in the attack led by third baseman Diaz Nardo, who went 3 for 5 and scored three runs. Jordan Glover knocked in a four runs on a fifth inning bases loaded sacrifice fly and a three-run home run – his sixth of the year – in the seventh. Designated hitter Doug Trimble knocked in three runs and extended his hitting streak to 18 games.

James Meeker and Nick Tierno each knocked in two runs while Tierno and Kevin Mohollen each scored three times.

Delaware received six and two-thirds scoreless innings from four different relievers. After Zimmer went three innings, earning his second win of the season, Cole Benjamin threw 1.2 shutout innings, before Kyle Hinton and Colman Vila each turned in a scoreless inning.

The Blue Hens will return to the diamond this weekend when they host conference rival William & Mary for a three-game set. The foes kick off the series Friday at 3 p.m. followed by single games on Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m.

HEN SCRATCHINGS:
• Delaware produced 10 hits or more for the 13th time this season
• The Blue Hens are now 12-0 this season when leading after eight innings and 10-1 when leading after seven
• The Hens are 11-1 when scoring at least 10 runs and 7-1 when scoring in the first inning
• Delaware improved to 7-1 when hitting a home run.
• Delaware is batting .329 as a team and five Blue Hens starters are batting at least .300
• Nardo has a nine-game hitting streak and has reached base in 15 consecutive games.
• Glover has hit three home runs in his last five games.

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