|Diamonda Hawks Drop Game, Series To UD|
NEWARK, Delaware – Ryan Hartley’s two-out single in the bottom of the eighth scored Zach Lopes with the go-ahead run as Delaware topped UNCW, 4-3, to win a vital Colonial Athletic Association series on Sunday at Bob Hannah Stadium.
The Blue Hens evened their record at 20-20 overall and 7-7 in the league. The Seahawks returned to below .500 with the loss and stand at 21-22 and 6-7.
Luke Alicknavith (2-2) earned the win in relief for the Blue Hens.
Reliever Nick Monroe (1-4) was tagged with the loss.
Hartley finished with two hits, including a RBI double. Adding two hits were EJ Stoltzfus, Norm Donnkin and Lopes.
Up next: The Seahawks have no midweek games and return action on May 2 with a 6 p.m. start against conference –leading College of Charleston.
How it happened: Lopes opened the eighth inning with a single and moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by Jake Clark. Kelly Secrest came on for Monroe with one out and got the second out on a ground ball. Hartley followed with a single to center that scored Lopes.
Inside the box score: Delaware landed its leadoff hitter on base in five innings and scored that runner in four innings … UNCW was 1-for-9 leading off innings and compounded that by going 1-for-10 with two out … UD made the most of three, two-out hits, scoring two runs.
Notes: UNCW received a strong start from Jordan Ramsey, allowing one run on six hits over four innings and recording 10 ground ball outs … Robbie Thorburn made his first career start at second base … Delaware held a rededication ceremony for Bob Hannah Stadium prior to the game.