NEWARK, Del. – The University of Delaware baseball program dropped an 8-7 see-saw affair to UMBC Wednesday afternoon at Bob Hannah Stadium.

The Blue Hens (23-21) committed four errors on the afternoon, opening the door for UMBC (18-20) to score four unearned runs, including the tying and go-ahead runs in the eighth.

Senior James Meeker (4-2) took the hard-luck loss, while Kyle Baker and Tyler Callender each drove in a pair of runs.

The Retrievers struck first Wednesday, hitting a two-out three run home run in the first. UMBC added another run in the second to take a 4-0 lead into the bottom of the second. The fourth UMBC run prompted a pitching change, as junior Clay Conaway replaced starter Winston Allen.

In the home half of the second, Delaware found an answer striking for three runs. After Nick Patten walked and advanced to third on a Calvin Scott single, Callender drove home Patten for the inning’s first run. A Jordan Hutchins groundout scored Scott, while a Matt Rykaczewski sac-fly brought home the third run.

After a Conaway worked a scoreless third, Erik Bowren doubled and later scored on a Baker RBI single. Delaware took a 5-4 lead three batters later when Callender drove home Baker on a sac-fly.

In the fourth, UMBC scored twice on a dropped fly ball in right, taking a 6-5 lead. The game remained 6-5 until the bottom of the sixth when freshman Zack Miller launched a 3-1 pitch over the ‘Blue Monster’ in left field, tying the game at six.

Meeker fired a zero in the seventh setting the stage for Delaware to take the lead in the seventh. Kevin Mohollen walked to lead-off the seventh and advanced to second on a Bowren sac-bunt. The leadoff hitter later scored on a Baker single.

In the eighth, Meeker recorded a pair of outs to begin the frame but allowed a two-out single. The next UMBC batter rocketed a grounder to shortstop that deflected off Vinny Vaccone and into center field. With runners on the corners, UMBC hit a triple to right-center that drove home both runners.

Needing a run to tie, the Blue Hens went down in order in both the eighth and ninth innings.

Delaware returns to action Friday afternoon when CAA foe Elon visits Bob Hannah Stadium for three games. First pitch Friday is scheduled for 3 p.m.

Head coach Jim Sherman:

“It’s my job as the head coach to make sure that guys are playing inspired. I think today is the only game this season where we weren’t inspired. I can’t figure out why that’s the case, but I think we played extremely flat. We’re in a stretch where we’re playing four or five games a week and maybe we’re beginning to show the signs of that. We’re a ‘scratch-and-claw’ type of team this year and we don’t have the biggest margin for error, so each mistake gets amplified. Right now, we might be a bit fatigued, which isn’t uncommon considering the time of the season, but that cannot be an excuse. Give UMBC credit they came up with the big inning and the big hits when they needed it. Today was just a disappointing loss. It is a midweek game and is preparation for the weekend, so now we need to turn the page to an important CAA weekend. I know our guys will be ready. Historically, we’ve played well against Elon since they’ve joined the CAA, so I expect the same thing this weekend. We’ve got three conference weekends left and we just need to take it one game at a time and play as well as we can play.”

HEN SCRATCHINGS: 
• The Blue Hens lost a game in which they led after seven innings for the first time this season. Delaware was previously 17-0 in those instances. 
• Meeker has now lost back-to-back games. 
• Senior Colman Vila recorded four outs today, lowering his ERA to 1.04 on the season. 
• Patten recorded his 13th double today and his 20th extra-base hit of the season. 
• Baker drove in his 30th and 31st run of the season. The junior recorded his team-leading 16th multiple hit game and recorded multiple RBI in a game for the seventh time this season. 
• Conaway (2.0 IP) and Cole Benjamin (1.0 IP) combined to throw three shutout innings.