NEWARK, Del. – The University of Delaware baseball team dropped game two of a weekend set to Northeastern University Friday afternoon at Bob Hannah Stadium.

The loss combined with yesterday’s setback, snaps Delaware’s (29-24, 12-11 CAA) CAA home series winning streak at eight. Freshman Billy Sullivan IV (6-3) started the game for the Blue Hens allowing three unearned runs in 3.2 innings pitched. The righty struck out two batters and walked four.

Seniors James Meeker and Colman Vila combined to throw five strong innings for the Blue Hens, allowing just two runs. Junior Kyle Baker went 2-4 with an RBI double, while Austin Niggebrugge also turned in an identical 2-4 with an RBI double.

The loss keeps Delaware in fifth place in the CAA standings. A Delaware loss tomorrow would drop the Hens into sixth place heading into next week’s CAA Tournament.

Delaware struck first Friday in the bottom of the second, as Niggebrugge drove home Calvin Scott from second base on an RBI double.

The game remained 1-0 until the fourth when Sullivan IV allowed the three unearned runs behind a pair of errors.  Meeker, who came on in relief of Sullivan IV in the fourth, also tossed a scoreless fifth, giving the Blue Hens a chance to cut into a two-run deficit.

Second baseman Erik Bowren singled and later scored on a two-out Baker double that hit off the ‘Blue Monster’ in left cut the Northeastern (33-17, 17-6 CAA) lead to just 3-2.

The Blue Hens has an opportunity to tie the game in the sixth, as Jordan Hutchins and Niggebrugge were on second and third with two outs, but a strikeout ended the frame.

Northeastern added runs in the seventh and ninth, to hold on for a 5-2 victory.

Delaware and Northeastern return to action for the series finale tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m. Senior Nick Spadafino will earn the start for Delaware, who will honor its eight seniors in a pregame ceremony. Righty Brian Christian is set to start for Northeastern, who clinched its second consecutive CAA title.

Head coach Jim Sherman
“I think today’s game was a great example of why Northeastern leads the conference. They pitch it well, they play good defense and they have some guys who can really swing the bat. They’re a good club. Today they showed why they’re 17-6 in CAA play. We had our chances again today, but we just couldn’t come up with the big hit. Overall, the pitching was good enough to win, but we didn’t hit enough. Our offense hasn’t been good enough at times this year, and that’s something that going forward we need to get better at. Right now the forecast isn’t favorable tomorrow, but regardless we’re looking forward to honoring our seniors with some good food and good people. Then we’ll get ready to head to JMU Monday night.”