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MERION STATION, Pa. -- The University of Delaware baseball squad dropped a tough 7-6 decision in 11 innings at Saint Joseph's Tuesday afternoon at Smithson Field.

The Blue Hens allowed a game-tying solo home run in the seventh, forcing the game into extra innings. In the top of the 10th inning, the Blue Hens scored a pair of runs off singles by Nick Patten and Calvin Scott.

In the bottom half of the 10th, the Blue Hens allowed a game-tying two run home run to extend the game. After a scoreless top of the 11th, the Hawks walked-off winners on a sacrifice fly by pinch-hitter Kadar Namey.

“This afternoon's result is extremely disappointing,” said Delaware head coach Jim Sherman, who remains one win shy of 500 for his career at Delaware. “This afternoon we weren't as aggressive as we have been, or as we needed to be. Again, we received really solid efforts from our pitching staff, but our approach wasn't up to par. Going into this weekend we really need to focus on our at-bats before we close up CAA play at home.”

Scott had the biggest bat for the Blue Hens against Saint Joseph's as the outfielder hit his first home run of the season, a three-run shot in the fourth. The Newark native went 2-4 with four RBI and a run scored. Patten went 3-5 on the day and scored twice.

The Blue Hens enjoyed a 4-1 lead heading to the bottom of the fifth, but singular runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh tied the game. In the 10th, Peter Sitaras hit a two-run shot off reliever Burk FitzPatrick to tie the game at 6-6.

In the bottom half of the 11th, SJU leadoff hitter Cal Jadacki singled to open the inning. After an error, the Hawks had runners on first and second.

Following a pop-out, Blue Hens reliever Cole Benjamin hit a batter, loading the bases. Namey then lifted the game-winning walk-off sacrifice fly to right field that gave the home team the victory.

The Blue Hens conclude non-conference play and their road slate this weekend at North Carolina State.  

HEN SCRATCHINGS:
• The Blue Hens fall to 18-3 when scoring at least six runs and to 15-6 when scoring first
• UD produced 10 or more hits for the 22nd time this season
• Delaware continues to the lead the CAA in both batting average (.310) and ERA (4.64)
• The Blue Hens fall to 5-8 in one-run games this season
• Scott increased his hitting streak to 12 games. He produced his 12th multiple-hit game of the season and his ninth game of at least two RBI.
• Patten reached base for the 12th straight game

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