HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- The University of Delaware baseball team fell 9-0 Friday afternoon to Hofstra University Friday afternoon at University Field.

The Blue Hens (13-13, 2-2 CAA) managed just a pair of hits and three baserunners off Hofstra (13-9, 3-4 CAA) lefty hander John Rooney who pitched a complete-game shutout.

Colman Vila (2-2) pitched the first three innings for Delaware, allowing three runs (two earned). The lefty struck out five Pride batters.

Junior Nick Patten reached base twice in the loss, while Tyler Callender added a base hit.  The Blue Hens and Pride return to action tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m. Junior Kyle Hinton (3-2, 1.57 ERA) will pitch for Delaware, while Matt Weissheier (1-3, 3.69 ERA) will take the ball for Hofstra.

Head coach Jim Sherman

"Hofstra was the better team in all aspects of the game today.  Give their pitcher Rooney a lot of credit. He showed today why he's one best pitcher in the league. We just couldn't get the bats going. We still have two games left to play well, and we still have a chance to win the series. I know our guys will bounce back for sure."

HEN SCRATCHINGS:

Diaz Nardo didn’t start at third base for the first time since 2014. The senior had started 178 consecutive games for the Hens.
• Vila’s five strikeouts are one shy of his career-high. The lefty allowed just his second and third earned runs of the season (15.2 IP).
• Patten reached based at least twice for the third time in four games. The first baseman extended his hitting streak to four games and his on-base streak to 13 consecutive games.
• Each Blue Hens pitcher struck out multiple Hofstra batters, as the Hens struck out 12 batters.
• Freshman Jordan Hutchins earned his second consecutive start.
Kevin Mohollen failed to reach base for just the fourth time this season.