PHILADELPHIA, Pa. --  Locked in a pitcher’s duel for the majority of the night, the University of Delaware baseball team fell victim to a late-inning outburst in a 9-4 loss to Lafayette College in the 2018 Liberty Bell Classic Championship Game on Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park.

 

Junior Kyle Baker had three hits in three at-bats to lead the offense, while senior Matt Hornich (1-3) tossed 5.1 innings, scattering five hits and three runs on the evening. The lefty struck out five batters. 

 

The Blue Hens took an early 1-0 lead in the first when Erik Bowren drew a one-out walk and moved to third on a single by Baker. A batter later, Nick Patten lifted a sacrifice fly to right to plate Bowren.

 

Three innings later, Calvin Scott laced an RBI single to center field to push Delaware’s lead to 2-0. Lafayette added a run in the fifth and two more in the sixth to grab a 3-2 advantage.

 

The Leopards added six runs in the final two innings to lock up the win.

Delaware returns to action Wednesday afternoon, hosting Saint Joseph's. First pitch from Bob Hannah Stadium is set for 3 p.m. 

Head coach Jim Sherman
"It's always disappointing to end up on the short-end of a championship game, but for our guys, the silver-lining is that we got to play in the championship of a tournament in an MLB stadium. Our young group is continuing to grow and figure out our identity. Heading into the ninth I thought if we kept it at 6-4 we had a chance to maybe come back and win it, but we let it get away from us. We have a group that has continued to show an ability to bounce back. The nice thing is we have that chance to do just that tomorrow when we host a good Saint Joe's team ahead of another important CAA weekend against JMU." 

HEN SCRATCHINGS: 
• Delaware dropped its first midweek contest of the season in five outings this spring.
• The Hens fall to 0-3 in night games. 

• For just the fifth time all season, Delaware lost a game in which the Hens scored first. The Hens were 13-4 when scoring first before tonight. 

• Delaware is now just 3-15 this season when getting out-hit. 
• With his fourth-inning walk, Patten has now reached base in 24 consecutive games this season.

• Baker record multiple hits in a game for the 11th time this season. 

• Delaware falls to 6-3 when Bowren hits second in the order.