Local roundup: Blue Hen baseball team falls to Michigan

Pitcher Lane DeLeon started for Delaware State Friday against Maryland Eastern Shore. Special To The Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh

The University of Delaware baseball team dropped a 6-2 decision to the University of Michigan Friday Afternoon at the Wilpon Complex.

The Blue Hens (13-10) who out-hit the Wolverines (14-11) 6-4, enjoyed a 1-0 second inning lead as junior Nick Patten led off the frame with his third homer of the season.

In the bottom of the second, UD starter Matt Hornich allowed three runs (two earned). The key play in the inning was a catcher’s interference call, that wiped away a double play.

Delaware and Michigan traded zeros until the bottom of the fifth when Michigan added three more runs.

The game remained 6-1, until the top of the eighth when the Hens cut into the UM lead. Centerfielder Kevin Mohollen reached on a fielder’s choice with two outs. The leadoff hitter then stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error. A Kyle Baker RBI single brought home Mohollen, to cut the Hens deficit to 6-2. After Diaz Nardo walked, Patten just missed his second homer of the day, as the first baseman flew out to the warning track in right.

In the ninth, Delaware was retired in order. Senior Nick Spadafino and Clay Conaway each pitched a pair of scoreless innings in relief of Hornich.

Dover High School graduate Avery Tunnell take a cut for Maryland Eastern Shore in game against Delaware State Friday afternoon. Special To The Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh

“Today we pitched outstanding in six of the eight innings,” said UD coach Jim Sherman. “Give credit to Michigan, they are an opportunistic club, and they took advantage of the catcher’s interference (in the second) and some control issues in the fifth to score three runs in both innings. Offensively it was good to see Patten have some good at-bats, but we couldn’t get the big hit off their big lefty Henry. Now we have to get back at it tomorrow with our two hottest pitchers on the mound.”

Delaware and Michigan return to action this morning at 11 a.m. for games two and three of the series. Kyle Hinton (3-1, 1.77 ERA) will pitch the first game of the day for UD, while CAA Pitcher of the Week Billy Sullivan IV (3-0, 1.52 ERA) will pitch the nightcap.

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