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NEWARK, Del. -- Behind three home runs and 11 hits, the University of Delaware baseball squad defeated William & Mary 8-5 in the second game of Saturday’s Colonial Athletic Association doubleheader at Bob Hannah Stadium.

The win earned Delaware a split of Saturday’s doubleheader as William & Mary captured the opener by an 8-2 score.

In the nightcap, the Hens received first-inning home runs from Nick Tierno and Nick Pattern while Brian Mayer hit his fourth home run of the year in the second inning.  Delaware received a solid effort from reliever James Meeker (below left/photo by Jeff Fannon) to help preserve the win.

“Overall, this was an OK day for us,” Delaware head coach Jim Sherman said. “We certainly won the second game because of our performances on the mound. We bounced back and swung the bats well in the second game. We have a really important swing game tomorrow. Hopefully the good things that happened in the second game can propel us into tomorrow.”

After a perfect top of the first inning from Blue Hens (14-10, 2-3 CAA) starter Nick Spadafino, Delaware got off to a quick 3-0 lead on the solo homer by Tierno and the two-run shot from Patten.

William & Mary (15-11, 2-3 CAA) quickly cut the Delaware lead, scoring twice in the bottom of the second. In the second inning, the Hens responded as Mayer socked a two-run homer well over the right centerfield wall, giving the Hens a 5-2 lead. The Tribe added a run in the third, cutting the UD lead to 5-3.

Spadafino returned to the mound for the fifth but was quickly replaced in favor of Meeker after the starter allowed a one-out home run that cut the UD lead to 5-4. Meeker came in and stabilized the game, recording the final two outs in the fifth.

After Meeker fired a scoreless seventh, the Hens bats came alive in the home half of the inning. Kevin Mohollen doubled with one out and Tierno walked. Jordan Glover followed with and RBI single, Doug Trimble doubled home another run, and Jeremy Ake brought home a run on a groundout to give the Hens an 8-4 advantage.

After Meeker allowed a double in the eight inning, Sherman brought in closer Ron Marinaccio, who got the Hens out of the jam and pitched a perfect ninth to preserve the win.

In game one of the doubleheader William & Mary defeated Delaware, 8-2 as the Tribe struck for fours runs in the first inning off Blue Hens starter Brandon Walter.

The Hens connected on 10 hits for the 13th time this season but only managed two runs off William & Mary starter Nick Brown, who pitched seven solid innings. Mohollen, Ake, and right fielder Calvin Scott (above right/photo by Jeff Fannon) each collected a pair of hits for the Hens.

Delaware and William & Mary will play the rubber-game Sunday at 1 p.m. Senior left-hander Kevin Milley (3-0, 2.65 ERA) will take the mound for the Hens while  William & Mary will counter with left-hander Nick Raquet (1-1, 2.36 ERA).
 
“Going into tomorrow we need a good outing from Milley,” Sherman said. “Ideally we need six good innings from him and then we’ll see how everyone bounces back from today. We have Burk FitzPatrick also available for tomorrow and he’s been pitching really well for us. We certainly have options.”

HEN SCRATCHINGS:
• Delaware has now produced 10 hits or more 15 times this season
• The Blue Hens are now 13-0 this season when leading after eight innings and 11-1 when leading after seven
• The Hens are 8-1 when they score in the first inning
• Delaware improved to 7-1 when hitting a home run
• Delaware is batting .327 as a team and five Blue Hens starters are batting at least .300
• Trimble saw his 18-game hitting streak come to an end in Game 1 but Nardo now has an 11-game hitting streak and has reached base in 17 consecutive games
• The Hens are 9-3 when Mayer starts behind the plate and 8-2 when Nick Tierno starts at second.
• Sherman is just 11 wins away from career win 500 at Delaware.

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