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NEWARK, Del. -- Sophomore first baseman Nick Patten enjoyed a career day Thursday afternoon as he went 5 for 5, knocked in seven runs, and hit for the cycle to lead the University of Delaware to a 17-4 rout of College of Charleston at Bob Hannah Stadium in the opener of the three-game Colonial Athletic Association series.

Patten recorded the first cycle for Delaware since Carlos Alonso accomplished the feat against Towson back in April of 2010. The seven RBI are the most by a Blue Hen since Jimmy Yezzo knocked in seven vs. UMBC in April,  2012.
 
Patten hit his first home run in the first inning, added a single in the third, and then recorded a double and a triple in the Hens' eight-run fifth inning. In the seventh he capped his day with a three-run homer.  

Delaware centerfielder Kevin Mohollen recorded a 4 for 5 day, driving in four, scoring three times, and producing a pair of doubles. Second baseman Nick Tierno went 3 for 5 with three runs scored and two RBI while Jeremy Ake also produced a 3 for 5 day.
 
In total the Blue Hens (29-20, 14-8 CAA) produced a season-high 23 hits, four doubles, two triples, and three home runs and put 26 runners on base.
 
Delaware's 17-4 victory was the largest winning margin in a CAA game since the Blue Hens defeated former CAA member George Mason 16-1 on April 7, 2016.
 
On the mound, the Blue Hens received five strong innings from ace Ron Marinaccio, who was pitching on just four day's rest. He recorded four strikeouts over the five innings to earn his third win of the season and lower his team-leading ERA to 2.15 on the season.
 
The Blue Hens' hopes of winning the CAA regular season title remained in tact. Delaware needs to record two more victories, have UNCW drop a pair of games to Towson, and have JMU defeat Northeastern this weekend. The Hens' will clinch a top two seed and a first round bye in next week's CAA Tournament with one Northeastern loss.
 
“Patten's performance today was as good as you're ever going to see,” Delaware head coach Jim Sherman said. “He hit for the cycle plus some with 7 RBI. Like I've said before, when he is  going well he puts up insane numbers. He is a typical power hitter. Everyone throughout the lineup performed today. Mohollen produced four hits, Tierno is getting his swing back, (Calvin) Scott, Ake, and(Doug) Trimble continue to come through. It was a good day overall.”
 
Delaware, which has now won five straight games, and Charleston (25-28, 12-10 CAA) return to action Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. Right hander Nick Spadafino will take the ball for Delaware while lefty Evan Sisk will pitch for Charleston.
 
“Tomorrow and Saturday  we need to come out again with the same passion,” Sherman added. “I could tell in batting practice that our guys were locked in and had the right mindset. We're still playing for everything (CAA regular season title and a first round bye). We're going to do the same thing tomorrow.”

HEN SCRATCHINGS:

• Delaware improves to 15-3 when scoring in the first inning, and to 20-6 when scoring first.
• The Blue Hens are 14-1 when hitting two or more home runs and are 15-1 when scoring 10 or more runs.
• Delaware is now 21-3 at home this season, and 9-1 in conference play.
• The Blue Hens lead the CAA in batting average (.312) and ERA (4.46) with just two games remaining. Delaware would be the first time since James Madison in 2002 to lead the CAA in both categories.
• Patten joins Andre Duffie (1995 and 1997), Jamie McSherry (1997) and Carlos Alonso (2010) as the only four people in program history to complete the cycle.
• Patten's five hits were one shy of the program single game record, and the first baseman produced his team leading 12th multiple RBI game.
• Scott extended his hitting streak to 19 games.
• Marinaccio has allowed just four earned runs in his six starts this season. Marinaccio has compiled a 3-1 record as a starter this year with a 1.21 ERA. The righty has struck out 32 batters in the 29.2 innings.
• Marinaccio's 2.19 ERA is the best mark in the CAA among qualified pitchers (1 IP/team game).
• Glover stole his 15th and 16th bases of the season Thursday. The 16 steals are good for second most in the CAA.
• Ake leads the CAA in hitting (.365), while Doug Trimble (.347) and Calvin Scott (.344) are fifth and seventh respectively. 

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