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WILMINGTON, N.C. --  For the first time since 2012, the University of Delaware baseball team is headed to the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament title game.

The No. 4 seed Blue Hens, who defeated host and No. 2 seed UNCW 14-8 Friday afternoon at Brooks Field thanks to an eight-run sixth inning, advances to the championship game with a perfect 3-0 record. Delaware will play at 4:30 p.m. against either UNCW (29-28) or top seed Northeastern (29-24) on Saturday.

A win would give the Blue Hens their first-ever CAA title and their first conference crown since capturing the America East title in 2001. If the Hens fall in that 4:30 game, they will play a second deciding game 30 minutes later. The winner earns the league's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.

“Today I saw a bunch of young guys who are resilient and hungry” said Delaware head coach Jim Sherman. “This afternoon our guys were confident out there. We didn't get down when they (UNCW) made their run, before we had the eight-run inning, all with two outs. I couldn't have asked for a better effort from our guys. Great job, great effort by the offense. And then we got great pitching again from the bullpen, which did a heck of a job.” 

After defeating College of Charleston 9-0 Wednesday afternoon, UD defeated Northeastern 5-3 Thursday night.

On Friday, the Hens banged out 12 hits, includling six extra-base hits and three home runs. Nick Patten, Kevin Mohollen, and Brian Mayer each hit a home run with Mohollen adding a double and scoring four runs, Mayer adding a double, and Patten knocking in four runs.

After going down 6-5 after five innings, the Blue Hens struck for eight two-out runs in the sixth inning to take an insurmountable 13-7 lead. The inning featured six hits, including back-to-back home runs by Mayer and Mohollen. Mohollen's home run tied the game at seven.

After the Blue Hens loaded the bases with two-outs, shortstopJeremy Ake was hit with a pitch to give UD an 8-7 lead.

Designated hitter Doug Trimble followed with a two-run double that gave UD a 10-7 lead. Following Trimble's big hit, Diaz Nardo drove an RBI single up the middle that scored the Blue Hens 11th run of the ballgame.

The Blue Hens scored their 12th and 13th runs of the game on a Tierno two-run double and added the 14th on Patten's RBI single.

In total, four Blue Hens produced multiple hits including Mohollen and Patten. Jordan Glover, who went 2-for-4, stole his league-leading 22nd base of the season.

Mohollen, who went 2-for-4 and also had two RBI and two walks, also made a key catch in the second inning to keep a run off the board.

Patten hit his 14th home run of the season in the first inning to give the Blue Hens a quick 3-0 advantage.

After Delaware starter Kevin Milley pitched the first two and one-third innings, three Blue Hens relievers combined to throw six and two-thirds innings of three-run relief.

Kyle Hinton pitched two and two-thirds innings, allowing just a solo home run and striking out three UNCW batters. After Hinton, James Meeker threw two and one-third innings, earning his sixth win of the season.

Closer Burk FitzPatrick came on to pitch the final five outs of the ballgame to secure the victory for the Blue Hens.

UNCW will face Northeastern in an elimination game Saturday at 1 p.m. That winner will then face off against Delaware at 4:30 p.m.

“This team is starting to make a name for themselves,” Sherman added. “They can put a feather in their cap by winning this thing. We haven't won the postseason title since joining the CAA. We've had really good clubs throughout the years and we have the second most CAA Tournament wins since 2002. Now heading into tomorrow, we just need to close it out. I'm excited for this group because they're all performing so well.” 

Hen Scratchings: 

• Delaware is now 8-0 when Mayer hits a home run, and are 27-11 in his 38 starts.
• The Hens' are 15-1 when hitting multiple home runs.
• The Blue Hens are 16-1 when scoring 10 or more runs.
• UD improved to 24-7 when scoring first and to 16-4 when scoring in the first inning.
• The Hens' are hitting .327 so far this tournament, and have a team era of 2.67
• Scott increased his on-base streak to 24 games
• Patten contributed his 13th multiple RBI game. The 1B is tied with Doug Trimble for the team lead.
• Ake is now batting .365 on the year with 42 RBI. The SS is hitting .545 with five RBI and four runs scored.
• Glover extended his hitting streak to 13 games, and is now hitting .339 on the season. 

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