NEWARK, Del. – Behind a 16-hit barrage that featured all nine starters reaching base at least once, the University of Delaware defeated St. Joseph’s University 8-5 Wednesday afternoon at Bob Hannah Stadium.

Delaware (18-16) received multiple hits from six different players including Nick Patten, Kyle Baker and Jordan Hutchins who all drove in multiple runs. Leadoff hitter Kevin Mohollen continued to get on-base at an impressive rate, reaching base four times (five at-bats) and scoring three runs.

Freshman Joey Haass (2-0) pitched the first four innings of Wednesday’s victory, allowing just an unearned run and one hit. The Delaware native struck out two.

After falling behind 1-0 in the first, the Blue Hens responded in the third scoring three times. After a Mohollen walk and Bowren double set up a pair of runners in scoring position, Patten doubled to left with two outs driving home both. After a wild pitch and a walk, Hutchins extended the inning with an RBI single.

Delaware increased its advantage to 4-1 in the fourth, behind a Baker single that plated Mohollen. The game remained 4-1 until the home half of the sixth when Delaware added three more runs.  

Leading off the inning, senior Austin Niggebrugge reached base safely on an error and advanced to third on a single by Mohollen. After a Bowren single scored Niggebrugge, Baker doubled home Mohollen to give Delaware a 6-1 advantage. A two-out single by Hutchins made the Delaware advantage 7-1.

Saint Joseph’s responded in the top of the seventh, scoring four runs (just one earned) to cut the Delaware lead to 7-5. A Patten double and a Hutchins single made the score 8-5 heading to the ninth. In the top of the ninth, senior Colman Vila was able to work around a two-out single to earn his third save of the season.

Delaware returns to action Friday afternoon when James Madison comes to town for a three-game series. First pitch from Bob Hannah Stadium is set for 3 p.m.

Head coach Jim Sherman

“Today our offense was a little more reminiscent of our teams of the past. We drew our walks, drove a couple of balls in some big spots and worked counts. Today was one of our better outputs of the season, getting 16 hits. I’m really pleased with our approach today at the plate, and overall it was a good day for us. We’d like Joey to cut down on the walk a bit and fill up the strike zone a bit more. I reminded him after the game that despite the hitters being better than they were in high school, he shouldn’t be afraid to get hit. His stuff will play at this level. He’s still working on pitching to contact and learning when to throw each pitch. I think as he continues to grow and develop his knowledge of how to pitch will get better. And as a result, the walks will fall a bit. I thought Cole [Benjamin] threw well at times and had a couple of tough breaks. It was good to see [Nick] Spadafino have a good clean inning, and then Colman did what he’s been doing all year.”

 On the upcoming series with JMU:

“Clearly each team is gunning for the series. It’s a big series for us because it’s at home where we play well. JMU is coming off a big series sweep over William & Mary last weekend so they’re feeling confident. We enjoy being in our ballpark and hopefully, it’s another good series for us. It helps that we get out of the gate with [Kyle] Hinton and [Billy] Sullivan who are throwing well right now.”

HEN SCRATCHINGS: 
• Delaware improves to 12-6 at home this season. 
• The Hens are a perfect 15-0 this season when leading after seven.
• Delaware's 16 hits today are a season-high. The Blue Hens recorded 15 hits against Delaware St (3/4) and at Lehigh (4/11). 
• UD hit 16-37 (.432) today and were 5-12 (.417) with two outs. 
• Delaware drove in six runs with two outs today. 
• Hutchins three RBI all occurred with two outs. The three RBI are a new career-high.
• Haass has allowed just two runs (one earned) in his last 9.1 innings pitched. 
• Patten reached base for the 25th consecutive game. The first baseman scored his 20th run of the season.
• Mohollen scored his 30th run of the season in today's game. The junior has scored 10 runs in his last seven contests. The lead-off hitter is now hitting .308 this season and his on-base percentage sits at .443.
• The Blue Hens are now 6-2 when Mohollen scores multiple runs.