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WILMINGTON, N.C. -- The University of Delaware baseball squad received a pair of stellar outings from Ron Marinaccio and Burk FitzPatrick in Saturday afternoon's 5-2 victory over Colonial Athletic Association rival UNCW at Brooks Field.

Marinaccio pitched the first five innings of the ballgame and allowed just four hits and no runs while striking out seven Seahawks batters. FitzPatrick entered the game in the sixth and allowed just three hits and two unearned runs to earn his team-leading fourth save of the year.

Delaware catcher Brian Mayer contributed an RBI double and Nick Paten went 2-2 with two runs scored and an RBI to pace the offense.

“Our pitching was really the difference today,” said Delaware head coach Jim Sherman, who won his 499th career game at Delaware. “The efforts on the mound combined with some clutch hitting earned us the victory. Marinaccio was outstanding over five innings and FitzPatrick was just as good over his four. Today's win is great considering last night's result. I'm proud of our guys for bouncing back and I am looking forward to the crucial game tomorrow.”

In the first, Kevin Mohollen walked for the Hens and later advanced to second on a wild pitch. After a sacrifice bunt, Mohollen scored on an RBI groundout by designated hitter Doug Trimble. The run gave Delaware (24-16, 10-7 CAA) an early 1-0 lead.

The Hens added a pair of runs in the second to up the lead to 3-0. Patten was hit with a pitch to leadoff the inning and Calvin Scott singled, advancing Patten to second. Patten later scored on an RBI groundout by Kyle Baker, while Scott reached home on the Mayer double.

The teams traded zeros until the sixth when the Hens again scored twice. Trimble walked and reached second on a bunt. The next batter, Patten doubled home Trimble and later scored on an RBI single by Diaz Nardo.

UNCW (20-21, 8-6 CAA) answered with a pair of unearned runs in the bottom half of the sixth but were stifled the rest of the game. The Seahawks brought the potential tying run to the plate in the ninth with two outs but FitzPatrick coaxed a groundball to end the game.

The win improves Delaware to three-games above .500 in conference play and again moves the Hens into third place in the CAA standings.

Delaware and UNCW will meet Sunday in the pivotal rubber game at 1 p.m. Delaware senior LHP Kevin Milley will face UNCW LHP Zarion Sharpe.

HEN SCRATCHINGS:
• Delaware leads the CAA in both batting average (.316) and ERA (4.63)
• The Blue Hens improved to 8-1 when holding an opponent to two runs or fewer
• The Hens improved to 10-3 when scoring in the first, and to 15-6 when scoring first
• Trimble is batting a CAA-leading .395 this season and has a produced the most hits (62) in the conference
• Patten and Trimble both produced their 10th game with multiple RBI this season
• Scott extended his hitting streak to 10 games while Patten upped his streak to eight games
• Mohollen has reached base safely in 14 straight games

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