MERION STATION, Pa. - The University of Delaware baseball team closed out its non-conference play with a 5-1 defeat at the hand of Saint Joseph’s Tuesday afternoon at Smithson Field.

The Hawks (30-11) were able earn the victory on the shoulders of a three-run fifth inning that gave them a lead they would not relinquish.

Delaware freshman pitcher Nick Moylan (1-1) gave up three earned runs in two innings of work and picked up his first collegiate loss for the Blue Hens. Saint  Joseph’s sophomore Matt Haskins (2-0) pitched a scoreless 1.1 innings and was credited for the victory for the Hawks.

Saint Joseph’s drew first blood in the second inning when Kevin Kratochwill drove in a run on a groundout. Delaware then answered in the fourth inning on a two-out RBI double from Ryan Hartley.

The Blue Hens (21-22) were primed to establish a lead with the bases loaded and only one out in the fifth inning in a tie game, but Zach Lopes was unable to get a run home as he grounded into a double play to end the inning.

The Hawks then broke the game open with a three-run fifth inning that was highlighted by a base loaded two-RBI double from Brian Lau. Brian O’Keefe then added another run with an RBI triple. Saint Joseph’s capped off its scoring in the eighth inning on a Stefan Kancylarz solo home run.

Lau, O’Keefe, and Kancylarz led the Hawks with three hits apiece and each had at least two extra-base hits in the winning effort.

The one run scored was the lowest offensive output from the Blue Hens against Saint Joseph’s since 2003 and the lowest in a non-league game since Bryant downed Delaware 11-0 back on Mar. 21 of this  year.  

Saint Joseph’s has now won 11 of its last 12 games and has defeated Delaware in four of its last five matchups.

The Blue Hens had their opportunities, but timely hitting was struggle as Delaware left nine runners on base in Tuesday’s defeat. Freshman John Geffre made just his fourth career start and the right-hander only gave up one earned run on three hits in three innings pitched.

Joe Giacchino went 1-for-3 and with his walk in the third inning, the junior has now reached base safely in 22 consecutive games. Hartley and Ty Warrington were the only Blue Hens to register multi-hit games as the duo each recorded two hits in the game. 

Kevin Milley and Taylor Mahoney combined to pitch the final three innings and only gave up one run on three hits.

The Blue Hens will next be in action Friday as they travel to Colonial Athletic Association foe Towson to begin a three-game weekend series. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m. at Towson's John B. Schuerholz Park.