Box Score

NEWARK, Del. -- In Thursday’s opening game of the Delaware Invitational at Bob Hannah Stadium, the University of Delaware baseball squad, behind 21 runs and 17 hits, defeated Wagner 21-8.

The Blue Hens have now won four in a row, and six out of seven, and have scored 15 or more runs in three straight games. 

“Our guys are feeling really good right now especially at the plate,” Delaware head coach Jim Sherman said. “Nick Patten is really starting to get it going. When he gets going he’s capable of carrying a ball club for multiple games. This week he has 13 RBI, so that’s a good sign. [Doug] Trimble continues to swing it well. Overall another really good day for us. Pitching could have been better, but we were very happy with the way that [James] Meeker threw today. Sometimes when the game starts to get out of hand, you start pitching comfortable and the other team starts teeing off on you. We just have to sure up some of the guys coming out bullpen."

For the third consecutive game, Delaware (6-6) received three-run home runs from Patten and catcher Brian Mayer. Patten’s three-run shot in the first inning gave Delaware an early 3-0 lead. Mayer’s blast came in the fifth inning.

Eight of the nine Blue Hen starters recorded a hit, every single starter scored at least a run, and eight starters scored multiple times.

In total, the Blue Hens had 32 runners on base throughout the game and batted over .400 (17 of 40) as a team for the second consecutive game.

During each of the opening seven innings of play, the Blue Hens posted at least two runs. Before being held scoreless in the eighth, UD had produced nine straight innings of two runs or more. Delaware has scored at least once in 13 of its last 15 innings.

Patten went four for five with two doubles, a three run home run, four runs scored, and five RBI. Designated hitter Doug Trimble went two for four and scored three times.

On the mound, the Blue Hens got a strong outing from emergency starter James Meeker.

Meeker who was called into duty due to the game getting pushed up a day, threw four innings and gave up just one un-earned run in his first career start. He was pulled after four innings due to reaching his pitch limit.

The Blue Hens are scheduled to return to the diamond Friday to take on Binghamton at 2:30 p.m. as part of the second day of the four-day tournament.

Delaware left-hander Brandon Walter (0-3, 3.00 ERA) is scheduled to pitch for the Blue Hens while Binghamton is slated to throw Jake Cryts (0-0 9.00 ERA).

“Looking ahead to tomorrow we know we have another challenge in front of us," stated Sherman. "Binghamton just swept a four-game series at Virginia Tech and they made an NCAA Regional last year. They’ve got a lot of talent and we’re looking forward to challenge that they will bring”

Weather permitting, Binghamton (7-2) is scheduled to play Wagner (1-7) at 11 a.m. in the first game of the day Friday. The tournament continues Saturday and Sunday.

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• Delaware produced its highest run total since scoring 22 against LaSalle on 3/22 of last year.
• The Blue Hens have produced 10+ runs in three consecutive games for the first time since April 23-26, 2011.
• Delaware has produced 15+ runs in three consecutive games for the first time since 2006 (April 11-14).
• Overall, UD is batting .311 as a team, and have produced three straight games of 10+ hits.
•Delaware improved to 4-1 when its scored at least 10 runs.
•The Blue Hens are 3-0 when they hit at least two home runs in a game.
• UD has outscored opponents 21-3 in the third inning this season.
• Patten is 8-15 (.533 AVG) in the past four games scoring 11 runs and driving in 13. During that same span, Patten has hit three homerun, and has raised his average from .226 to .326.
Jeremy Ake has walked six times in the last three games, and has eight total walks this season. Ake walked just 10 times last season.
•Today’s starter James Meeker earned the win in his first career start. Meeker has appeared out the bullpen four times this year.
• Six Delaware hitters are batting over .300 so far this season.
• The Hens have produced 15+ hits in back-to-back games.
• UD has won four games in a row for the first time since April 5-10.
• Tomorrow the Blue Hens will look to win five in a row for the first time since they won seven in a row from March 6-15 last year.
• Delaware has three guys with at least 10+ RBIs through its 12 games this season.