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NEWARK, Del. - Good things happen when Adam Rapp comes to the plate with the bases loaded.

For the second straight day the University of Delaware freshman catcher came up big in a clutch situation as his two-out, two-run single with the bases loaded in the eighth inning brought home the winning run in a 5-4 victory over Binghamton Sunday at Bob Hannah Stadium.

The victory extended the Delaware win streak to six games and helped the Blue Hens (11-4) sweep the four-game series from the Bearcats (2-12).

The sweep is the first four-gamer for Delaware since beating Fairleigh Dickinson in four straight back in 2010.

The lefthanded hitting Rapp entered the game as a defensive replacement for starter Brian Mayer in the seventh inning and came to bat with the bases loaded and two outs against Binghamton reliever Dylan Stock in the eighth. 

Rapp, whose bases loaded double on Saturday highlighted Delaware's 9-7 comeback win, was the hero again as he lined a smash into centerfield to knock in two runs and give the Blue Hens a 5-3 lead.

“Good pitching beats good hitting every day of the week, and this weekend we got a complete effort from our entire staff,” said UD head coach Jim Sherman. “We do not get the sweep without the great pitching on the mound. Once again timely hitting won the game for us, with Adam Rapp having back-to-back games with huge hits. Good pitching with timely hitting, and we get a four-game sweep which we are really excited about. We have five games coming up and we want to keep this win streak rolling.”

The Blue Hens would strike first once again on a single to left field in the second inning off the bat of catcher Brian Mayer. The Bearcats quickly retaliated in the top of the third with three runs off an RBI double, a sacrifice fly, and a wild pitch.

Delaware starter Burk FitzPatrick pitched six solid innings for Delaware, giving up three runs on four hits and striking out five before giving way to eventual winner Nick Spadafino.

Delaware got those runs back in the bottom half of the seventh thanks to a couple of RBI singles from freshmen Kyle Baker and Kevin Mohollen. Baker finished the day with three hits and one RBI, capping off an outstanding offensive series in which he went 7 for 9 in four games with three RBIs, three runs scored, and three stolen bases.

After two quick outs in the bottom of the eighth, the Blue Hen bats began to make some noise. After back-to-back singles by Doug Trimble and Nick Patten, and a walk to James Meeker, the bases were loaded for Rapp.

After Dylan Stock entered the game for Binghamton, Rapp welcomed him by taking the second pitch of the at-bat back up the middle to score the two go-ahead runs.

“I was looking for a fastball early in the at-bat and I got one about middle-in and I took it right back up the middle”, said Rapp of his game-winner. “It felt awesome to get the game-winning hit two games in a row. I’ve only started five games but I feel I have contributed a lot so far.  Today I came in late in the game and I made sure I stayed focused in order to come into a clutch spot, and get a clutch hit.”

The Bearcats threatened in the top of the ninth off Spadafino (2-1) after scoring one run on a sacrifice fly to center to cut the lead to 5-4. But  the right-hander earned the win as he got pinch-hitter Pat Britt to fly out to right field with one runner on to end the game.

HEN SCRATCHINGS
• The Hens’ 11-4 record marks their best 15-game start since the 1998 squad started out 22-4 on the way to an NCAA Tournament berth
• Delaware's six-game win streak is its longest since 2013
• Baker was hitting just .174 (4 for 23) to start his career before his breakout weekend
• Trimble went 7 for 16 (.437) with seven runs scored, three RBI, and three home runs during the series
• Blue Hen catchers Rapp and Mayer combined to go 6 for 15 (.400) with eight RBI during the series

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