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BROOKLINE, Mass. -- The University of Delaware won its third consecutive Colonial Athletic Association baseball game Friday afternoon, defeating Northeastern 2-1 at Friedman Diamond.

In the victory, the Blue Hens (16-12, 4-3 CAA) received big outings from lefty ace Brandon Walter and closer Ron Marinaccio.

Walter pitched eight one-run innings, allowing eight hits and striking out 11. The ace allowed a leadoff single in the ninth, prompting Delaware head coach Jim Sherman to call upon Marinaccio who retired the next three batters in order, striking out the side in the process.

The win pulls Delaware into a third place tie with Northeastern (11-16, 4-3 CAA) in the CAA standings.

“Today we received another great pitching performance by Walter,” Sherman said. “He was really sharp today and had command of all of his pitches. The result is a huge step for Brandon and his psyche. Today was a typical pitchers duel, and those are always fun, especially when you win.”

On Friday, Walter was flat out dominant as the lefty required just 96 pitches to get into the ninth inning for the first time in his career.

The lone Huskies run came in the third inning when Mason Koppens led off the inning with a triple that just eluded the reach of Hens' centerfielder Kevin Mohollen. Koppens scored two batters later on an RBI groundout.

Delaware’s bats were relatively quiet Friday afternoon but the Hens made the most of a pair of clutch hits.

In the fourth, first baseman Nick Patten led off with a walk. Patten advanced to second on a groundout, later scoring on an RBI single by Diaz Nardo.

The Hens took the lead for good in the seventh when shortstop James Meeker led off with a single to right. Meeker advanced to second on a bunt and later to third on an errant pick-off throw. The infielder scored on an RBI single by Nick Tierno.

In the ninth, Huskies shortstop Max Burt led off the inning with a single, but was stranded on first as Marinaccio struck out the side to earn his second save of the season.

Delaware and Northeastern will continue the series Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. Junior captain Nick Spadafino (2-0, 4.91 ERA) will be opposed by David Stiehl (2-3, 7.66 ERA) for Northeastern.

HEN SCRATCHINGS:
• Nardo reached base for the 21st consecutive game
• Tierno extended his hitting streak to 11 games
• Marinaccio is striking out an average of 14.4 batters per nine innings so far this season
• Walter pitched into the eighth inning for the third time this season and is now averaging 6.1 innings pitched per start this season
• The Hens earned their first win this season when scoring less than five runs. They were 0-7 coming into today's game when scoring three or less
• Delaware improved to 5-1 this season when holding its opponent to two runs or fewer
• The Hens are 14-0 this season when leading after eight innings and 12-1 when leading after seven innings

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