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ELON, N.C. -- The University of Delaware split a Colonial Athletic Association baseball doubleheader with Elon University Saturday afternoon at Latham Park.

After dropping the opener 15-2 to snap a six-game win streak, Delaware bounced back in the nightcap to post a 3-2 victory and win the series. Delaware captured the opener by an 11-2 score on Friday night.

In the second game Saturday, starter Ron Marinaccio and three relievers teamed up to scatter eight hits and strike out 10 Phoenix batters.

Delaware moved its record to 23-15 (9-6 CAA) while Elon finished the day with a mark of 19-21 (9-6 CAA). The two are tied for third place in the CAA standings, just one-half game out of second place.

“The second game this afternoon was another outstanding pitching performance,” Delaware head coach Jim Sherman said. “[Ron] Marinaccio, [James] Meeker, [Colman] Vila and [Burk] FitzPatrick were all really solid today. Overall we played really well in the first and third games of this series, and it feels great to head down south and win the series. We got clutch home runs from [Nick] Patten and [Brian] Mayer, both of whom have been driving the ball well for us. Now we just need to keep it going through this tough road swing.”

In game two, the Blue Hens got an outstanding start from usual closer Marinaccio, who pitched 4.2 innings of shutout ball.

After neither team was able to muster anything through the first four innings, Delaware catcher Brian Mayer hit his ninth home run of the season in the fifth to break the ice. In the sixth, Patten also hit a solo bomb to give the Hens a 2-0 advantage.

Reliever James Meeker replaced Marinaccio in the fifth and produced three innings of relief to earn his team-leading fifth win of the season.

Outfielder Calvin Scott produced an RBI single in the eighth that gave Delaware a 3-1 lead. Elon made it a 3-2 ballgame in the eighth when Ty Adock hit a solo home run.

After recording the final out of the penultimate frame, Sherman stuck with reliever Colman Vila, who allowed a lead-off single before retiring the next two batters. With the tying run at first and two men out, Sherman summoned Burk FitzPatrick, who coaxed a lazy fly ball to end the ballgame and earn his third save of the year.

In the first game of the doubleheader, Elon ace Kyle Brnovich stifled the Blue Hens attack for five shutout innings, allowing just hits and striking out eight.

The game was within striking distance for Delaware, but a seven-run sixth inning by Elon put the game out of reach.

Despite the loss, Hens received a pair of hits from Patten and a solo home run from Diaz Nardo.

Delaware returns to the diamond Tuesday afternoon when the Hens travel to Dover, Del to take on Delaware State for a 3 p.m. non-league matchup.

HEN SCRATCHINGS:

•  The Blue Hens are ninth in the country in batting average (.319)
•  Delaware improves to 10-1 when hitting at least two home runs in a game.
•  The Hens are 7-1 this season when holding team to two runs or fewer.
•  Trimble is sixth in the country in batting average (.407)

 

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