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NEWARK, Del. -- Catcher Brian Mayer went 3-5 with a pair of home runs and six RBI as the University of Delaware defeated Hofstra 17-7 in Colonial Athletic Association baseball action Saturday afternoon at Bob Hannah Stadium.

The Blue Hens (19-14, 6-5 CAA) produced their 11th game of 10 runs or more and produced their 19th game of 10 plus hits. Outfielder Calvin Scott produced a perfect 3-3 afternoon.

In the victory, reliever James Meeker continued his strong work on the mound, producing four innings of one-run ball in relief of Kevin Milley, who went just three innings. Meeker earned his team-leading fourth win with the effort.

As a whole, the Hens had 28 players reach base safely and had multiple base runners in every inning of the game.

“We rebounded nicely from the slow start today, and that was very important,” Delaware head coach Jim Sherman said. “Meeker was excellent, stabilizing the game for us once again. Toward the middle of the game our bats started to fire and we took off from there. I'm really happy for Mayer, as he's worked really hard improving all aspects of his game. This is a great return for him. In the end it was another good day for us.” 

The opening two and one-half innings belonged to the visiting Pride, as Hofstra scored five of the first six runs in the game. The offensive outburst earned the visitors a 5-1 lead, and chased UD starter Kevin Milley from the game.

Facing its largest deficit of the weekend so far the Blue Hens needed a strong offensive showing in the third.

On command, the Blue hens produced the first of back-to-back six run innings, taking a 13-5 advantage in the process. The 12 run barrage included a pair of home runs by Mayer (three-run in the third, two-run in the fourth) and 12 hits.

Highlights included five straight singles by the three through seven hitters and four straight extra-base hits in the fourth. The first extra-base hit was a triple by first baseman Nick Patten, which was turned into an inside-the-park homerun on a throwing error.

The middle two hits were a hustle double by Scott and a double by third baseman Diaz Nardo. The final hit of the streak was Mayer’s two-run home run.

In the seventh the Hens offense exploded for four more runs, three of which scored on Scott’s bases-loaded double. Delaware loaded the bases on three straight walks to open the frame.

Reliever Burk FitzPatrick continued his strong season, producing a pair of scoreless innings to close it out.

“All of the guys that have pitched this weekend out of the bullpen have been lights out, allowing just one earned run in 10 innings. Burk, Meeker, [Colman] Vila and Ronny [Marinaccio] are all throwing great right now. Those guys producing such great outings the last two weeks have really given us a boost,” Sherman added. 

In total, the Hens reached base 12 times on free passes, and five players were on base three or more times. Five of the Hens nine starters produced a multiple-hit game.

Designated hitter Doug Trimble went 2-2 with three walks, Patten went 3-5 with a pair of RBI and runs scored, and Scott produced a perfect 3-3 day with four runs scored and four RBI. The outfielder also walked twice.

The Hens and Pride will conclude the series tomorrow at 1 p.m. Hofstra LHP John Rooney will face-off against Delaware ace and reigning CAA Pitcher of the Week Brandon Walter.

• Delaware improved to 15-3 at Bob Hannah Stadium this season. The Hens are just four wins away from equaling their home win total from a season ago
• In the 18 home games the Blue Hens are batting .357 and are averaging 11 runs per game. The Hens have outscored opponents 193-91 on their home turf this season
• The Hens are now 10-1 when scoring 10 runs or more runs this season
• Fitzpatrick has allowed just one run in his last 9.2 innings pitched. The reliever hasn’t allowed a run in five of his last seven outings
• Trimble produced his team leading 19th multi-hit game this season. The seniors’ 2-2 effort improved his CAA leading average to .412 (.488 in conference games)
• Nardo reached base for the 26th consecutive game
• Meeker has allowed just six earned runs in 20.1 innings this season
• Mayer socked his fifth and sixth home runs of the season. All six have come at home, and he is now one home run behind Jordan Glover’s team-leading mark of seven.
• Mayer is the first Delaware catcher to hit two home runs in a game since Ty Warrington vs. Fairfield in 2014
• Mayer’s six RBI are the most by a Hen since Alex Mottle had six against Fairfield in 2014

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