BOCA RATON, Fla. -- The University of Delaware baseball team dropped the series finale to Florida Atlantic University 6-3, Sunday afternoon at FAU Baseball Stadium.

Delaware, who led 3-0 early on, allowed four unearned runs on the day.

Freshman Billy Sullivan IV was impressive yet again for Delaware, pitching 4.2 innings allowing four hits and a pair of unearned runs. Sullivan IV recorded the first two outs of the fifth inning, but a fielding error extended the fifth inning.

Following the error, the freshman allowed a single prompting a pitching change. Senior James Meeker recorded the final out of the fifth and pitched a scoreless sixth inning, as Delaware (2-4) enjoyed a 3-2 lead after six.

After Florida Atlantic (6-1) tied the game in the seventh on a sacrifice fly, the Owls added three runs in the eighth off righty Cole Benjamin to take a 6-3 lead.

In the ninth, the first two Blue Hens reached base on walks but were left there.

Junior Kyle Baker went two-for-three with a pair of runs scored, while classmate Nick Patten drove in a run with a double.

Delaware returns to action this Friday afternoon for the home opener against Delaware State. First pitch from Bob Hannah Stadium is set for 2:30 p.m.

Delaware head coach Jim Sherman

"We played a great first half of game today, and I thought Sullivan threw well. The last few innings of the game we had some defensive lapses and stopped hitting. We had chances to put the game away, but we couldn't. Our guys need to take the results this weekend and get better because of it. The good news is we return home for an extended homestand the next three weeks."

• Delaware falls to 2-1 this season when scoring first, and 0-1 when scoring in the first inning.
• Sullivan IV has not allowed an earned run through 9.2 innings pitched this season. 
• Sullivan IV has limited opposing hitters to a batting average of .194.
• The Hens team ERA through six games is just 2.88. 
• Baker with his two-hit day improves his average to .435.