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Zach Lopes had an RBI single in Monday's 9-3 defeat to Wilmington (Del.)
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Blue Hens Drop Below .500 as the University of Delaware Falls to In-State Foe Wilmington (Del.) 9-3

Courtesy: Delaware Athletics
Release: 04/28/2014
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NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware baseball team lost to in-state foe Wilmington (Del.) 9-3 in a non-league game Monday at Bob Hannah Stadium.

Chris Lopez picked up his second win of the season for Wilmington (Del.), while Blue Hen freshman John Geffre saw his record slip to 0-4 as the righty was credited with  the loss.

Wilmington (Del.) (32-7-1) tallied 14 hits in the game as Sam Goines and Josh Hampton each had three hits on the day to lead the Wildcats. The 14 hits were the most given up by the Blue Hen pitching staff since April 9.

Delaware (20-21) had come into the game playing well. The Blue Hens had won five of their last six games, including a weekend series win over UNCW, but the Wildcat offense overpowered the Delaware pitching staff and the Blue Hen offense struggled.

“It was a neighborhood whopping,” said University of Delaware head baseball coach Jim Sherman after the defeat. “We played really well over the weekend, but just did not keep it going today. I have to tip my hat to them because today, they really played better than us in every facet of the game.”

The Blue Hens got on the scoreboard in the first inning on Zach Lopes RBI single. The Wildcats answered with two runs of their own in the third inning and tacked on another in fourth to take a 3-1 lead.

Delaware scored two runs in the fifth inning on a double from Joe Giacchino and a sacrifice fly from Norm Donkin to tie the game. Those were the last Blue Hen runs as Wilmington (Del.) scored six unanswered runs to close out the game.

The Blue Hens managed only one hit after the fifth inning and the last 10 Delaware batters of the game failed to reach base. 

Nick Moylan made his first collegiate start for Delaware and the redshirt freshman gave up two runs in three innings pitched. He was relieved by Geffre and received a no-decision.  

Despite the offensive struggles, Giacchino and Donkin provided a few bright spots. Donkin doubled down the left field line in third inning and now has 16 doubles this season which is a team-high and the second-most in the Colonial Athletic Association.

Giacchino had one hit, scored a run, and batted in another in Monday’s defeat. With his first inning walk, Giacchino has now reached base safely in the last 20 games.

Today’s victory was the first for Wilmington (Del.) over Delaware since 2011 and its 11th overall. Wilmington is ranked No. 20 in the latest National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) NCAA Division II poll.

Delaware will next be in action Wednesday as it hosts another in-state opponent in Delaware State. The Blue Hens and Hornets were originally scheduled  to play a doubleheader but will now play a single game at 3 p.m. at Bob Hannah Stadium.

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