PHILADELPHIA – The University of Delaware baseball’s pitching continued to shine as Blue Hen offense stalled in a 3-2 defeat to La Salle University in the non-conference weekend finale Sunday afternoon at La Salle’s DeVincent Field.

Despite the loss on Sunday, Delaware (30-17) won the non-conference weekend series thanks to back-to-back shutouts on Friday (4-0) and Saturday (2-0).  With victory La Salle improved to 21-23 overall.

“Coming into the game if I was told we were to hold La Salle to three runs, I would have told you we’d leave with a win,” said Delaware head coach Jim Sherman. “Two pitches really was the difference.”

Through the four non-conference games played during this week, the Delaware pitching staff registered 28-consecutive scoreless innings.  The Blue Hens pitching staff allowed five runs in 35 innings pitched this week.

The scoreless innings streak ended with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning when La Salle’s George Smith, Jr. lifted a two-run home run over the left-field wall and knotted the game at 2-2.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, La Salle’s Justin Korenblatt lined double off the left-field wall that drove in Dan Klem from first base for the eventual game-winning run.

The Blue Hen offense had scoring opportunities throughout the game as UD left seven men on the bases despite only producing six hits in the loss. Nick Ferdinand was the only UD hitter with a two-hit game. 

UD took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning after Jimmy Yezzo scored from third base on a bases-loaded, 6-4-3 double-play.

In the top of the seventh inning, Cameron Travalini lined a two-out single up the middle that drove in Alex Mottle (above right) from second base for the Blue Hens final run of the game.

Adam Davis (4-6) (at left) was charged with three earned runs on six hits, one walk and six strikeouts as the right-hander suffered the loss for the Hens.

Explorer reliever Pat Christensen (6-1) earned the win after he shut down the Blue Hens over the final 1.2 innings on the mound as the righty allowed one base hit.

Shane Hollman received a no-decision after the La Salle starter surrendered two runs on five hits, two walks and six strikeouts in six-plus innings pitched.

Delaware returns to Colonial Athletic Association action on Friday, May 10 at 3:00 p.m. when the Blue Hens travel to Boston, Mass. and take on the Northeastern University at NU’s Parsons Field.

“I know we will get back on track with the offense sooner than later,” said Sherman.  “We are in good shape if we keep pitching the way we have recently.”

Right-hander Chad Kuhl (8-2, 3.53 earned-run average) is scheduled to start Friday’s opener for the Blue Hens against the Huskies.