NEWARK, Del. – A late offensive outburst led Delaware past the Saint Joseph’s baseball team, 11-6, at Bob Hannah Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.
Saint Joseph's (10-19) opened the scoring in the top of the third as Taylor Boyd hit a one-out double and came in to score on a single by Matt Maul. After a two-out error allowed Cal Jadacki to reach and Maul to go to third, UD's Scott Zimmer uncorked a wild pitch that advanced both runners and doubled the SJU lead.
Delaware (21-14) drew level in the bottom of the fourth on a two-run home run by Jordan Glover.
The Hawks took the lead right back, however, with three runs in the top of the fifth. After a leadoff walk by Boyd, Maul singled and Deon Stafford, Jr., walked to load the bases for Jadacki, who drew a four-pitch walk to force home the go-ahead run. Kadar Namey followed with an RBI single before Brian Markoski hit a sacrifice fly two batters later to make it a 5-2 game.
The Blue Hens had an opportunity to cut into the lead in the bottom half of the frame, but Jordan DiValerio induced a double play ball out of Jeremy Ake to end the inning. Glover then led off the sixth with a bunt single before Nick Patten homered to bring UD back within a run before DiValerio struck out the side to prevent further damage.
Unfortunately for the Crimson and Gray, however, the Blue Hens would score seven times in the seventh to take control. Kevin Mohollen led off the inning with a triple and came in to score on a single by Nick Tierno to tie the game. After a walk and an error loaded the bases, Glover singled home Tierno to give UD its first lead of the day. Two batters later, Calvin Scott singled to make it 7-5 before Diaz Nardo hit a grand slam to extend the margin to 11-5.
Markoski led off the top of the eighth with his first career home run before James McConnon followed with a single for his first collegiate hit, but UD’s Colman Vila and Burk FitzPatrick kept the Hawks off the scoreboard for the remainder of the afternoon.
Kyle Hinton earned the win for the Blue Hens, allowing just one walk and notching five strikeouts in three shutout innings. Eric Sigovich was charged with three runs and took the loss for SJU.
The Hawks will now prepare to host Richmond in a key Atlantic 10 series this weekend at Smithson Field. First pitch in the series opener is set for 3:00 p.m. on Friday.