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NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware erupted for six runs in the first inning, but needed three more in the seventh to regain the lead defeating Penn 10-9 in non-conference baseball action Wednesday afternoon at Bob Hannah Stadium.

The Blue Hens (17-14) received three hits from outfielder Calvin Scott (below right) and right-hander Cole Benjamin pitched 1.1 innings of scoreless relief to earn the victory. Four Blue Hens had multiple hits and every starter reached base. The Quakers fell to 14-14 on the year.

“Today’s win was an example of winning ugly,” said Delaware head coach Jim Sherman. “That game is the type of game that you’re really mad if you lose, but we’ll take the victory. I thought [Matt] Hornich threw well in his couple of innings, and Burk FitzPatrick came in and threw well. Those two performances were the silver lining from an otherwise tough day for the staff. Offensively we came out strong, but got a bit complacent in the middle innings, before turning it on in the seventh. We won and now we have to get ready for an important conference weekend.“

Delaware got off to an early 6-0 lead after the first inning as the Hens sent 11 batters to the plate in the opening frame. In the third the Hens and Quakers each scored a run, as Delaware enjoyed a 7-1 lead after four innings of play.

LHP Matt Hornich pitched the first two innings and Ron Marinaccio worked the third. For the fourth, the Hens summoned Kyle Hinton to the mound.

Hinton worked a scoreless fourth inning, but found trouble in the fifth. The hard throwing righty allowed a two-out grand slam to Penn catcher Matt O’Neill that cut the Hens lead to 7-5.

Returning to the mound for the sixth, Hinton again ran into a bit of a jam, allowing three more runs (two earned) in the sixth. The three-run output gave Penn an 8-7 lead.

Benjamin retired the final batter of the sixth and fired a scoreless seventh, allowing the Hens to go to work in the bottom half.

In the bottom of the seventh, a pair of Quakers relievers walked the bases loaded with one out for Kevin Mohollen.

Mohollen ripped a ground ball that Penn first baseman Sean Phelan couldn’t handle, resulting in an error. On the play, Phelan tried to throw out Mohollen but committed his second error as his throw sailed over the head of his pitcher. The pair of errors allowed the Hens to score twice, giving Delaware a 9-8 lead.

Two pitches later, Delaware added the third run of the inning on a throwing error by O’Neill.

In the top of the eighth, Penn tried to mount a bit of a rally as the Quakers' first two batters led off with singles. With the tying runs on base, Hens reliever Burk FitzPatrick came through again in the clutch, striking out the next batter before ending the inning on a double play.

Penn added a run in the ninth on a home run and loaded the bases with two outs, but FitzPatrick ended the game, coaxing a lazy fly-out right to earn his second save of the season.

The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Hens and was the 13th win in the last 15 games for Delaware at Bob Hannah Stadium.

Delaware returns to action this weekend when it welcomes Hofstra for a three-game Colonial Athletic Association series. Friday’s game will start at 3, with the final two games beginning Saturday and Sunday at 1 pm.

HEN SCRATCHINGS:
• Nardo reached base for the 24th consecutive game
• FitzPatrick has allowed just one run in his last 7.1 innings pitched.
• Delaware scored 10 runs for the 10th time in 31 games. The Hens are 9-1 in those games.
• The Blue Hens produced their 17th game with 10+ hits, and their first since Mar. 29
• Mohollen has walked multiple times in four straight games and has 10 walks total in the span. His on-base percentage is currently a CAA-best .490.
Doug Trimble (above left) produced his 17th multiple hit game in 31 starts this season and also produced his ninth multiple-RBI output of the year.

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