Blue Hens’ Six-Game Winning Streak Halted in Loss to UMass Lowell
NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware baseball squad had its six-game win streak snapped Monday as the Blue Hens dropped a tight 6-5 affair to UMass Lowell at Bob Hannah Stadium.
After producing a program record 15+ runs in five consecutive games, the River Hawks held the potent Delaware lineup to one-third of that run output.
Delaware rallied back from a 6-1 deficit to pull to within one run but couldn’t complete the rally as they went three up and three down in the ninth inning.
“For the first three or four innings we were not as sharp as we have been,” head coach Jim Sherman said. “Over the final half of the game I thought we woke up and played well. [Nick] Spadafino pitched exceptionally well for us, going 4.2 innings with the eight strikeouts. That’s clearly the best he’s thrown all year. It was a tough way to end it on a check-swing strikeout in the ninth, but I’m happy our kids battled back.”
The Blue Hens (8-7) dug a whole for themselves early, allowing UMass Lowell (7-6) to strike for a run in the first and three runs in the second inning.
Delaware struck back with a run in the bottom of the second, but errors by shortstop Jeremy Ake and catcher Brian Mayer in the fourth inning allowed UMass Lowell to add another two runs, chasing Blue Hens starter Matt Hornich from the game.
The Hens clawed back into the game, scoring a pair of runs in the fourth and fifth innings to cut the River Hawks lead to just one. Kevin Mohollen delivered a two-run double in the fourth while Calvin Scott and Brian Mayer delivered run-scoring singles in the fifth.
In the seventh, the Hens received back-to-back singles from Doug Trimble and CAA Player of the Week Nick Patten to open the frame. But the Hens weren’t able to get a run across as Ake popped up and Scott smoked a ground ball to third base that resulted in an inning-ending double play.
The Blue Hens received great efforts from co-captains Nick Spadafino and Ron Marinaccio out of the bullpen.
Spadafino pitched 4.2 innings, allowing just one hit and striking out eight while retiring the final 14 batters he faced. Marinaccio pitched a scoreless ninth inning to keep the Hens in the game.
Delaware returns to action this Thursday night when the Blue Hens head to State College, Pa. for a home-and-home four-game set with the Big 10’s Penn State Nittany Lions. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m. both Thursday and Friday.
The Hens then return home to conclude the series with Penn State with afternoon games on Saturday and Sunday at Hannah Stadium.
• Patten was named this week's CAA Player of the Week. The first baseman batted .500 with three home runs and 13 RBI during the Hens six game-winning streak. He also scored 18 runs and stole three bases. Patten is the first Blue Hen to earn that honor since Kevin Milley last May
• In Monday’s game, the Blue Hens produced 10+ hits for the sixth consecutive game
• The Hens .328 team batting average is tied with James Madison for best in the CAA
• Delaware has scored a league-high 133 runs this season. The Blue Hens also lead the CAA in on-base percentage (.436), runs batted in (121), and walks (90)
• Delaware ranks fourth in the NCAA in on-base percentage and triples per game, sixth in runs per game, and ninth in team batting average
• Ake continues to swing the bat well for Delaware. He extended his hitting streak to eight games and is now batting .412 through the first 15 games this season. The shortstop has recorded at least one hit in 13 games and has five multiple-hit games
• Ake (2nd), Mohollen (8th) and Trimble (9th) all rank in the top 10 in CAA in batting average.
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