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BALTIMORE, Md. -- A five run fourth inning pushed host UMBC past Delaware 5-4 in non-league baseball action Wednesday night at Alumni Field.

The Blue Hens (15-12) mustered just one earned run off four UMBC (8-11) relievers and dropped their second straight. The Retrievers avenged a 17-6 setback to Delaware back on Mar. 7 in Newark.

Delaware could not make a 4-0 lead hold up as UMBC scored five times in the fourth to take control. Sophomore reliever Cole Benjamin kept Delaware in the game with four scoreless innings, but the Blue Hens could not muster any additional offense.

Delaware took a 3-0 lead in the third inning as the Blue Hens took advantage of a pair of Retriever errors.

Nick Patten walked and Kyle Baker followed with a single to left field. Shortstop James Meeker then grounded to Christian Torres, but the third baseman threw the ball away and Patten scored the game's first run.

Baker later scored on a bunt single by Mohollen and Meeker scored on an RBI groundout by Tyler Callender.

The Hens had a golden opportunity to tie the score in the eighth after Jordan Glover tripled to lead off the inning - his third hit of the game - but could not capitalize. Jeremy Ake then grounded a ball to third but Glover slipped and was tagged out diving back to the bag by Torres.

Benjamin kept the Hens in the ballgame firing four scoreless innings and striking out a career-high four batters.

Delaware will return to the diamond on Friday afternoon at Northeastern as the Hens begin a three-game Colonial Athletic Association weekend set in Boston. Lefty ace Brandon Walter is scheduled to take the mound for the Hens.

• Senior Nick Tierno extended his hitting streak to 10 with a pinch-hit single in the seventh.
Diaz Nardo reached base for the 20th consecutive game this season as he walked twice.
• The Hens fell to 4-9 when Kevin Mohollen produces less than one hit. The Hens are 11-3 in the 11 games he produces multiple hits.
• Delaware has now produced at least eight hits in all 27 games this season

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