NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware baseball team dropped Friday afternoon’s series opener to Monmouth University 15-2 at Bob Hannah Stadium.

Delaware (6-5) received a pair of hits from centerfielder Kevin Mohollen who was on-base three times on the afternoon. Delaware scored a run in the first inning when second baseman Erik Bowren drove in Mohollen. The Hens added a run in the sixth on a Vinny Vaccone RBI double. 

Starter Nick Spadafino (0-3) took the loss for the Hens, who saw a four game winning streak snapped.

A pair of freshman made their Delaware debuts, as Matt Ryan and Joey Haass both entered from the bullpen.

Delaware and Monmouth (4-6) will return to action Saturday afternoon for the middle game of their three-game series.  Junior Kyle Hinton (1-0, 1.59 ERA) will take the ball for UD, while Joe Molettiere will pitch for the Hawks. First pitch from Bob Hannah Stadium is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Delaware head coach Jim Sherman: 
"Today was a tought one for our club, as Monmouth was the better team from the opening pitch. Give them credit, they're a good club. The good thing about baseball is you turn around and play again 24 hours later. Tomorrow we'll send Hinton the mound, and he's been throwing really well for us. I know our guys will bounce back." 

HEN SCRATCHINGS

  • Delaware falls to 1-3 this season when scoring two runs or fewer
  • Kyle Baker (.409) failed to record a hit for only the second time this season
  • Bowren has reached base in all nine games he's appeared in this season, and has recorded one hit in eight of nine. 
  • UD falls to 0-3 when trailing after the first inning. 
  • Monmouth's victory snapped Delaware's four game winning streak. 

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