PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The University of Delaware baseball team defeated Saint Joseph’s University Tuesday afternoon, defeating the Hawks 10-2 at Smithson Field.


Delaware (23-20) received a perfect 4-4 day from Tyler Callender who doubled twice and drove in four, while Calvin Scott went 3-4 with three runs scored and two RBI. Senior Nick Spadafino (1-4) pitched the first five innings for the Blue Hens allowing just one Saint Joseph’s (16-24) run and three hits.

The Blue Hens struck first Tuesday, when Scott singled with the bases loaded, bringing home Nick Patten and Diaz Nardo
The game remained 2-0 Delaware until the fourth when Callender doubled home Scott, and Kevin Mohollen brought home Jordan Hutchins on a sac-fly.


Delaware broke the game open in the fifth, behind three RBI singles from Nardo, Callender and 
freshman Ben Werkheiser.  After Nick Patten’s ground-out brought home Erik Bowren, freshman Joey Haass pitched a strong sixth inning.  In the seventh, Callender drove home Hutchins and Scott with his second double of the game.

Junior Cole Benjamin and senior Matt Hornich combined to throw three perfect innings to close it out.

Delaware returns to action tomorrow afternoon when the UMBC Retrievers visit Bob Hannah Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. Freshman Winston Allen will make his second career start for the Blue Hens. 

Head coach Jim Sherman:

"I'm really happy for Spadafino because he's been battling to try and get going again. His last two outings have been very good, so that's encouraging both for him and us. Then Tyler out of the DH spot has been swinging the bat well the last week. I'm happy for him. And then Calvin had a strong day as well. Tomorrow, obviously we want to play well, but we also want to use it as an opportunity to push some guys. There are a few relievers that we want to see pitch back-to-back days. We're trying to stretch our pitching here a little bit and figure out roles as we head down the stretch of the season and hopefully into the postseason. If we make the CAA Tournament you have to play three or four games in consecutive days, so it's important to see who can do that and more importantly who can do it well." 

DH Tyler Callender: 

"I think last Friday I felt a little bit uncomfortable in my first two at-bats. I think I found an approach that worked for me in my third at-bat in that game, and I've stuck with it. I've just been trying to see the pitch and stay back on the ball, and it's working because I feel comfortable at the plate right now. I think the next three weeks we need to focus on being consistent. Last year we really started playing well in the month of May, so hopefully, we can do that again this year." 

HEN SCRATCHINGS: 
• Delaware improves to 7-0 in midweek day games and to 4-0 in midweek road games. 
• The Blue Hens scored double-digit runs for just the third this season. It was the first time since Apr. 10 that Delaware scored at least 10. 
• Delaware has won consecutive Spadafino starts for the first time all year.  
• Callender's four RBI are a career-high. Today's 4-4 performance makes him 
9-10 at the plate. 
• The designated hitter's four hits are also a career-best. 

• Spadafino has now allowed just two runs (one earned) over his last 13 innings pitched. 
Hornich ran his scoreless streak to 4.2 innings.