CHARLESTON, SC -- The University of Delaware baseball team earned its first victory over the season Saturday afternoon, defeating Charleston Southern University 6-2 at CSU Ballpark.

In the victory, Delaware (1-1) received strong performances from junior Kyle Baker who went 4-5, with three runs scored and James Meeker (5.0 IP, 2H, 3K) who earned the win.

The Blue Hens struck first Saturday afternoon when shortstop Vinny Vaccone doubled home Nick Patten. The extra-base hit gave the Hens a 1-0 lead.

Charleston Southern (1-1) answered back in the home half of the fourth, scoring a pair of runs to take a brief 2-1 lead.

The CSU lead didn’t last long, as Delaware struck for three runs in the fifth to take the lead for good. Senior captain Diaz Nardo delivered the big hit for the Blue Hens, as his one-single drove home Patten and Baker.

Baker later added a solo home run in the seventh, before Patten delivered the Blue Hens final run of the game.

Delaware and Charleston Southern will play for the series Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. Freshman Billy Sullivan IV will make his Blue Hens debut against CSU righty Tyler Weekley. 

Head coach Jim Sherman

"I'm very proud of our effort tonight, as we played a clean ballgame. We pitched well, allowing just one earned run, and we got timely hits. In the field, we were clean too committing just one error. Through two games our bats are starting to heat up, and we're pitching extremely well.  Hopefully, we can keep it going tomorrow in a pivotal rubber-match for our club." 


• This series the Blue Hens bullpen has pitched 10.2 innings, allowing just one total run.
• Through two games, Delaware has successfully stolen all six bases they have attempted to steal.
• The Hens hit 7-16 (.438) with two-outs Saturday and drove in three runs with two outs. 
• Meeker's 5.0 innings pitched in relief is a new career-high.
• Meeker is now 7-2 in his career and has won seven out of his last eight decisions. 
• Baker is batting 6-9 (.667) with three runs scored and three batted in this series. The outfielder stole a pair of bases this afternoon and has three on the season. 

MEDIA INFORMATION: Contact Andrew Stern | | Office: 302-831-6519 | Cell: 914-589-9666