TOWSON, Md.-- Just one day after scoring nine runs in the final two innings on the way to a 14-10 victory, the University of Delaware bats went silent on Saturday as the Blue Hens dropped a 7-0 Colonial Athletic Association baseball decision to host Towson at Schuerholz Park.  

Towson starter Kyle Paul kept the Blue Hens’ batters off-balance the entire game as Delaware (22-23, 8-7 CAA) was held scoreless for just the second time this season.

The two teams will face off in the rubber match of the three-game weekend series Sunday at 1 p.m.

Paul pitched a complete game five-hitter to earn his second win of the season while Delaware freshman Kevin Milley was charged with his second loss of the season.

Blue Hen starter Brandon Hinkle, who was making his first start since April 5, was forced to leave the game after recording one out in the first inning because of a recurring arm problem.

The start of the game was delayed by approximately two hours because of inclement weather.

“Losing Hinkle like we did today was a tough start,” said University of Delaware head coach Jim Sherman. “You have to give the Towson pitcher credit, he pitched the game of his life today. We have the rubber match tomorrow and I know our kids will bounce back.”

After scoring 10 runs in game one of the series, Towson’s power at the plate was again on display Saturday. The Tigers (21-25-1, 3-13-1 CAA) hit three home runs on Friday and launched three more round-trippers in Saturday’s winning effort.

Spencer Sutton doubled in the first run of the game in the second inning for Towson and Pat Fitzgerald added to the lead with a two-run home run to give the Tigers a 3-0 lead. Towson doubled its lead in the third inning when Kurt Wertz launched a three-run shot over the right field fence for his third dinger of the series. Brady Policelli capped off the Towson scoring in the seventh inning with a round-tripper of his own.

The victory was Towson’s 21st of the year, but just the Tigers third CAA victory this season. Three Tiger batters recorded two hits in Saturday’s game, while Wertz led Towson with three RBI.

After Milley gave up six earned runs in two innings of work, senior Connor Hibbs came in for relief and gave up just one run in 4.2 innings pitched. Brock Niggebrugge then pitched a perfect eighth inning in his 10th relief appearance of the year.

Delaware junior Joe Giacchino went 0-for-3 in the loss and did not reach base, snapping his team-leading streak of 22 straight games getting on base at least once. Zach Lopes led the Blue Hens with two hits in the game while Cameron Travalini provided Delaware’s only extra-base hit of the game with a double in the third inning.

Saturday’s defeat was the first shutout of the Blue Hens since Bryant defeated Delaware 11-0 on March 21. The 7-0 defeat marked the first time the Blue Hens have been blanked in a CAA game this season.