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NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware bats awoke just in time Sunday afternoon and the result was an epic comeback victory.
The Blue Hen baseball squad erased a 4-0 eighth-inning deficit and defeated Colonial Athletic Association rival William & Mary 5-4 in 11 innings at Bob Hannah Stadium.

The Hens scored three runs in the eighth and one in the ninth before finally pushing across the winning run on an RBI hit by leadoff hitter Kevin Mohollen.

Four Blue Hens relievers combined to hold the Tribe scoreless for the final eight innings of Sunday’s game, highlighted by Burk FitzPatrick’s (at left) four shutout innings of work.

“Today was an unbelievable win for our group,” Delaware head coach Jim Sherman said. “I thought Burk Fitzpatrick did a heck of a job to keep us in the ballgame. Without his performance, not only in the eighth, but also throughout his outing, we do not win this game.“

The Blue Hens (15-10, 3-3 CAA) struggled early Sunday as William & Mary (15-13, 2-4 CAA) struck for a single run in the first and three more in the third inning, chasing Delaware starter Kevin Milley from the game.

After Milley left the game, the Blue Hens received an inning and one-third of scoreless relief from Matt Hornich, Kyle Hinton, and Colman Vila, allowing the game to stay at 4-0 heading into the eighth.

In the eighth, Vila ran into a bit of trouble, as the Tribe loaded the bases with nobody out on a pair of hits and an error.

Sensing the game slipping away, Sherman called upon FitzPatrick, hoping the righty could escape the inning. The senior retired the next three batters in order, escaping the jam unscathed and allowing the bats to go to work.

Delaware's bats finally came to life in the eighth inning as the Hens scored three runs on four hits to cut the deficit to 4-3. After Mohollen singled, outfielder Jordan Glover tripled to knock in one run and Doug Trimble followed with an RBI single. Later in the inning, Jeremy Ake split the right centerfield gap for a double that scored Trimble.

In the top of the ninth, FitzPatrick retired the side in order, setting the table for the Hens to tie the game. Diaz Nardo led off with a single before Mohollen tied the game at 4-4 on his CAA-best fourth triple of the season to send the game into extra-innings.

FitzPatrick fired back-to-back scoreless innings in the 10th and 11th innings, again giving the Hens a chance to win the game at the plate.

After a scoreless 10th inning, the UD bats came alive again. Backup catcher Tyler Callender (above right) doubled with one-out, setting the stage for Mohollen to be the hero once again.

Just like in the ninth, the speedy centerfielder did not disappoint. Mohollen battled back from a two-strike count and stroked a single into left field that scored Callender from second.

The win pushed Delaware to a season-best five games over .500 and more importantly evened the Hens' CAA record.

The Blue Hens will return to action on Tuesday when they travel to La Salle for the semifinals of the Liberty Bell Classic.           

 

• Nardo extended his hitting streak to 12 games with his ninth inning single. The third baseman has an 18 game reached base streak.
• The Hens are now 6-1 in Milley starts, and 10-3 when Brian Mayer starts behind the plate.
• Delaware produced its 15th game with 10 or more hits.
• Mohollen has 14 games with multiple hits, and went 4-5 in today’s game.
• This week Mohollen batted 9-17 (.529) with three doubles, a triple, six runs scored and a .619 OBP. 

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