ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Delaware baseball program dropped a 4-2 decision to the University of Michigan Sunday afternoon at the Wilpon Complex.

Trailing by a run in the eighth and a pair of runs in the ninth, Delaware (13-12) placed the tying runs on a base in both innings but could not find the big hit.

In the eighth, the Hens loaded the bases with one-out, but a strikeout and a fly out to center ended the Delaware threat. After Michigan added its fourth run on a homer in the eighth, the Blue Hens brought the go-ahead run to the plate three times in the ninth, but much like the previous inning, Delaware could not scratch across the tying runs.

Freshman Billy Sullivan IV (3-1) pitched the first five and one-third innings for the Hens, allowing three runs. The freshman struck out three batters earning his first career loss. Centerfielder Kevin Mohollen went three-for-four, while Andrew Reich reached base three times in the defeat.

Delaware returns to action Tuesday afternoon for the Semifinals of the Liberty Bell Classic. First pitch from Lehigh is set for 3:00 p.m.

Head coach Jim Sherman
Today was an old-fashioned pitchers' duel, and another great ballgame. I thought we pitched it well and were excellent defensively. We had guys come up in big spots, but we just couldn't find the big hit, stranding 11. Overall we played pretty well in two of the three games up here. Now we have to turn the page to a big five-game week for this team." 

HEN SCRATCHINGS: 
• Delaware falls to 4-2 in Sullivan's six starts this season.
• The Hens have lost a season-high three games in a row. 
• Sunday, Delaware hit just 1-11 (.091) with runners in scoring position and were 0-9 with two outs. 
• The three earned runs allowed tied Sullivan's career-high.
• Mohollen increased his average to .292. The leadoff man scored his team-leading 20th run of the season.
• Redshirt freshman Jordan Hutchins made his first career start at shortstop.