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ELON, N.C. -- Designated hitter Doug Trimble went 4-5 with three runs scored, a home run, and three RBI as the University of Delaware won its sixth consecutive game, defeating Elon University 11-2 Friday night in Colonial Athletic Association baseball action at Latham Field.

The Blue Hens (22-14, 8-5 CAA) moved into a virtual tie with the Phoenix (18-20, 8-5 CAA) with the win. The Hens received 5.1 innings of solid work from Nick Spadafino, who did not allow an earned run, and banged out 16 hits, six of them extra-base hits.

“Tonight was by far the best game we’ve played all season,” Delaware head coach Jim Sherman said. “We turned in a complete effort in all facets. Our pitching was outstanding and our offense continues to produce big efforts. I thought Spadafino was really sharp, and Trimble had another monster game with the bat. I am really proud of how our guys took charge tonight.”

Delaware, which won its sixth straight game, scored first on Friday, adding a two-out run in the second when Brian Mayer singled home Calvin Scott. Neither team was able to push across a run in the third or fourth as the Blue Hens enjoyed a 1-0 lead through four innings of play.

In the fifth, the Hens bats came alive, producing four runs. Kevin Mohollen doubled to leadoff the inning and later scored on a Trimble single. Jordan Glover delivered a two-run single and Diaz Nardo later added an RBI double.

Elon added an unearned run in the fifth before Trimble added the Hens sixth run of the evening on a solo home run, his fifth of the season.

In the seventh, the Hens again padded their lead on another long-ball as first baseman Nick Patten hit his eighth homer of the season. The two-run blast gave the Hens a 8-1 lead.

The Blue Hens blew the game open in the eighth inning by scoring three more runs. Trimble's  fourth hit of the night brought in one run and Scott added a two-run single to push the lead to 11-1.

Burk FitzPatrick contributed 1.2 innings of scoreless relief for the Hens while Colman Vila continued to pitch well, throwing a scoreless eighth. In the ninth, Kyle Hinton allowed a solo home run before striking out the final two batters.

The Blue Hens and Phoenix will conclude the series Saturday afternoon when the teams meet for a doubleheader starting at 11 a.m.


   Delaware produced its fourth consecutive game with 10 or more runs. The Hens have eclipsed that mark for the 14th time. Delaware improves to 13-1 in those games.
•  The Hens are batting a CAA best .326 this season. The squad’s 4.56 ERA also leads the CAA.
•  UD improved to 6-1 when giving up two runs or fewer.
•  The Hens have won a season-best six games in a row. Delaware won six games in a row from March 6-12. UD has also won four straight CAA games.
•  The Hens are 9-1 when hitting at least two home runs.
•  Trimble increased his batting average to .415 on the season. He produced his 20th multiple hit game of the season, and has multiple RBI in 10 games this season.
•  Nardo reached base for the 29th consecutive game.

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