HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – The University of Delaware baseball team fell 11-1 to Hofstra University Saturday afternoon at University Field.

The Blue Hens (13-14, 2-3 CAA) trailed just 3-1 heading to the top of the seventh inning. In the visitor-half of the seventh, Delaware loaded the bases with nobody out. A pair of strikeouts and a pop-up got Hofstra (14-9, 4-4 CAA) through the inning unscathed. In the bottom half, Hofstra struck for six runs to put the game out of reach.

Junior Kyle Hinton (3-3) took the start for the Blue Hens, pitching into the seventh inning. The righty allowed five runs and struck out 10 batters.

Junior Nick Patten reached base three times in the loss, while Kyle Baker went one-for-two with a walk.

Delaware and Hofstra return to action Sunday afternoon for the series finale. Freshman Billy Sullivan IV will take the ball for Delaware. He will be opposed by Hofstra LHP Teddy Cillis.

Head coach Jim Sherman

"We're just not playing up to our capabilities right now. I know we're a way more talented and better club than we've been showing the last two weekends. Throughout a long season, you're going to encounter these little bumps in the road. Hopefully, our guys can turn it around and we can begin to play a bit better starting tomorrow afternoon." 

HEN SCRATCHINGS:

Hinton tied his career-high in strikeouts (10). The righty also struck out 10 against Delaware St (3/4) and Bryant (3/17).
Patten has now reached base in 14 consecutive games. The first baseman’s double in the third extended his hitting streak to five consecutive games.
The Blue Hens have lost a season-high four games in a row.
Delaware falls to 3-11 when scoring fewer than two runs, and to 3-14 when scoring less than five.