NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware baseball program continued its three-game fall World Series Thursday afternoon, as Team Blue defeated Team Gold 13-3.

Junior first baseman Nick Patten went three-for-five with a grand slam, a three-run triple and an RBI single. Kyle Baker continued his strong fall as speedy outfielder went two-for-four with a walk. Freshman Matt Ryan relieved Team Blue starter Cole Benjamin and allowed just one hit over two and one-third scoreless innings, while outfielder Mike Krusinski went three-for-three with a long home run over the right-field scoreboard.

Team Gold was led by captain Kevin Mohollen who walked three times and scored twice. Junior Matt Rykaczewski drove in two of the three gold runs.

Team Gold and Team Blue will conclude the regular World Series this Sunday at 11:15 a.m. Members of the 2016-17 Blue Hens squad will be receiving their CAA Championship rings in a pre-game ceremony at 10:45 a.m.

Head Coach Jim Sherman:

“I thought we saw some good things offensively today, but it was not a good day for our pitchers who struggled to throw strikes. A little bit sloppier than game one and the rest of the scrimmages we’ve been playing this fall. Hopefully, game three of the World Series is the best game of the series. I thought that Krusinski swung the bat well and Patten was fantastic with the grand slam. Overall not a great day for our club, just an okay day.”

On the 2016-17 team receiving their CAA rings:

“Sunday should be a special day for us as seven of the eight senior members from a season ago will be in Newark to celebrate with us. Unfortunately, Burk FitzPatrick cannot get back down here from Boston, but everyone else should be back including the other guys that were a part of last season’s run. It should be a special time. It’s nice to have everyone come back because it feels like a close family. Should be a good day overall, as we finish our fall World Series.”

Senior Diaz Nardo:

“When Colman and I were picking our team we were looking to pick some of the impact bats to get some power into the lineup. We were also looking for arms. With Colman being a captain we knew he would be our game-one starter so we figured if we combined the bats with some good relievers we would have a shot to close the games when we were up.”

On the team receiving their rings:

“Since we won the CAA Tournament last year I’ve been looking forward to the day we would receive our rings and have the seniors come back. It’ll be a big and important day as we celebrate the first CAA postseason title in school history. It’s going to be exciting having those guys back, and I cannot wait to see them.”

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