BALTIMORE, Md. – The University of Delaware baseball team dropped an 8-6 decision at UMBC Tuesday evening at Alumni Field.

Delaware (25-23) outscored the Retrievers (19-23) 6-4 over the final eight innings of play but couldn’t overcome the early 4-0 hole.

Freshman Joey Haass (2-1) took the loss for Delaware, going just two innings and allowing six runs (five earned).

Four Blue Hens recorded multiple hits, including Kevin Mohollen (2-4, 2B), Kyle Baker (2-4, RBI), Diaz Nardo (2-3) and Calvin Scott (2-4, 2R), as all 10 players reached base.

After UMBC scored the four first-inning runs, Delaware answered with three-second inning runs to cut the deficit.  The game remained 4-3 UMBC until the fifth when the Retrievers extended their lead to 5-3.

The Blue Hens quickly answered in the sixth adding a run before grounding into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded and one out. Delaware and UMBC traded runs in the seventh, as the Retrievers took a 6-4 lead into the eighth.

In the eighth inning, Delaware loaded the bases with one-out on a lead-off walk and a pair of singles prompting a pitching change for UMBC. A wild-pitch cut the Blue Hens deficit to 8-6, but UMBC used a pop-up and a strikeout to end the Delaware threat. Senior James Meeker threw a scoreless eighth inning for the Blue Hens, but the Delaware went down in order in the ninth.  

Delaware returns to action Friday afternoon for another pivotal CAA series at William & Mary. First pitch of Friday’s doubleheader is set for 3 p.m.

Head coach Jim Sherman
“Tonight we just got off to a bad start. We gave up six runs in the first two innings as Haass struggled. He’s constantly learning to make adjustments as a young freshman, so this is another learning experience for him. Being down 4-0 right away and 6-3 early put us in a hole. Our guys battled back, but we came up just short, as we couldn’t find the big hit in a couple of instances. We wanted to give Werkheiser and Haass a start. Vinny is another guy who’s been working hard and hasn’t been getting much playing time since Hutchins took over at short. We tried to reward those guys who have put time in and haven’t had much opportunity to play. We’ve only got one more midweek game to go, but I felt it was a nice gesture to reward those guys who have worked hard for us. This weekend is a bit strange because we play twice on Friday and are off on Saturday because William & Mary have graduation. We’ll work out on Saturday and use it as a chance to work on some things. Looking forward to another big weekend.”  

HEN SCRATCHINGS:
• Delaware falls to 0-5 in night games this season. 
• The Hens fall to 15-2 when scoring at least six runs. Delaware's two losses this season when scoring at least six have been against UMBC.
• With his two-hit performance, Baker raised his average to .353 which is the top mark in the CAA. 
• Baker extended his hitting streak to 11 games. The outfielder recorded his 20th multiple-hit game of the season and his fifth consecutive.
• Patten has recorded a hit in seven consecutive contests. 
• Delaware's bullpen allowed just two runs (one earned) in six innings of work tonight. Matt Hornich threw another scoreless inning in relief, while Clay Conaway allowed just one earned run in three innings of work. Meeker threw two innings allowing one unearned run.