HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - The University of Delaware baseball team was unable to maintain an early lead and fell to host Hofstra 3-2 in a Colonial Athletic Association game Friday at University Field.

Delaware (15-19, 3-6 CAA) accrued a 2-0 lead with a two-run third inning, but Hofstra (15-13, 3-4 CAA) was able to tie the game with a two-run sixth inning and took the lead on a Dan Gatto wild pitch in the seventh.

Gatto went the distance for the Blue Hens, but took his sixth loss of the year. Friday’s game was the second instance this season where Gatto pitched a complete game in a losing effort. The senior gave up three earned runs, collected nine strikeouts, and did not allow an extra-base hit in his eight innings of work

“We played well today,” said University of Delaware head coach Jim Sherman. “We got some outstanding pitching from Gatto, but just could not get a big hit with runners in scoring position. We need to start swinging the bats a little better and we will be in good shape."

Hofstra starter Nick Kozlowski pitched eight innings and earned his sixth victory of the year. Brett Schreiber closed the game out for the Pride and picked up his seventh save of the season.

The Blue Hens got on the scoreboard in the third inning on an E.J. Stoltzfus RBI fielder’s choice. Zach Lopes added another run in the inning on a two-out RBI single to give Delaware a 2-0 lead.

Hofstra scored its first run in the sixth inning when T.J. Ehrsam stole home as a part of a double steal. The Pride then evened the game on a Kenny Jackson RBI single and took the lead in the seventh inning when Ryan Donovan scored on a Gatto wild pitch.

The Blue Hens threatened in the ninth inning, but Jake Clark was stranded at third base to end the game.

Junior Joe Giacchino singled in the third inning and has now reached base safely in 14 straight games. Clark and Lopes were the only Blue Hens to notch more than one hit in Friday’s game. Ryan Hartley and Ty Warrington provided the only extra-base hits for Delaware as the pair registered one double apiece.

The Blue Hens and Pride will match up again Saturday in game two of the series. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Hofstra’s University Field.