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Zach Lopes had a hit and the Blue Hens' lone RBI
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Delaware Manages Just Three Hits, Fall to Rider 4-1 in Series Opener

Courtesy: Delaware Athletics
Release: 03/07/2014
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BEL AIR, Md.  --  The University of Delaware managed just three hits the entire day and Rider took control with three runs in the first three innings as the Blue Hens dropped a 4-1 non-league baseball decision in the opening game of a three-game set Friday afternoon at Harford Community College.

Rider (3-6), which snapped a five-game losing streak, jumped out to a 3-0 lead after three innings and never looked back in posting the victory.  Delaware (4-7), which scored its lone run in the fourth inning on a sacrifice fly by Zach Lopes, dropped its third straight game.

"Good pitching and good defense is always a winning combination and Rider displayed it today,” said Delaware head coach Jim Sherman. “We got good pitching but had some defensive lapses and three hits isn’t going to help you score many runs.”

The two teams will continue action Saturday at 5 p.m. and will finish off the series Sunday at 1 p.m.

Delaware, which banged out a season-high 14 hits in its previous outing last Sunday, had a season-low three hits on Friday. EJ Stoltzfus had two hits and scored the lone run while Lopes added a single to fo with his RBI sacrifice fly.

Rider managed just seven hits itself but took advantage of three Delaware errors and a solid outing by starting pitcher Kurt Sowa (1-2), who went seven innings and allowed just one hit while walking six and striking out seven. Mickey Donnelly and Vincenzo Aiello each pitched a scoreless inning of relief with Aiello earning his first save.

Delaware ace Dan Gatto took the loss as he allowed four runs in 5.2 innings and fell to 2-2 on the season. He walked five batters and his errant pickoff attempt in the opening inning allowed the Broncs to score in the first frame.

Rider put two more runs on the board in the third inning on an RBI double by Justin Thomas and a run-scoring single by Lee Lapinski. Rider scored it final run in the sixth inning on an RBI single up the middle from Mike Parsons.

Delaware, which had banged out at least six hits in all but one game this season, scored its only run in the fourth when Stoltzfus led off the inning with Delaware’s first hit of the day, moved up to second when Norm Donkin walked, and advanced to third on a sacrifice by Jake Clark. Stolztfus then scored on a sacrifice fly to right field.

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