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Delaware pitcher Eric Young threw a complete game versus Hofstra.

Delaware Rolls To 11-3 Win

Courtesy: CAA
          Release: 05/24/2012
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HARRISONBURG, Va. (May 24, 2012) - Third-seeded Delaware exploded for 11 runs on 14 hits over the first four innings and rolled to an 11-3 victory over #2 Hofstra in the Virginia 529 CAA Baseball Championship Thursday evening at Veterans Memorial Park.

Delaware (29-25) will meet top-seeded UNCW in a winner's bracket game at Noon on Friday. Hofstra (33-21) will face the winner of tonight's Towson/VCU contest in an elimination game at 3:30 p.m. on Friday.

Seven Blue Hens had multiple hits in the game, led by freshman catcher Ty Warrington, who went 3-for-5 with two runs scored. Outfielder Nick Ferdinand was 2-for-4 with three RBI's and designated hitter Alex Maruri was 2-for-4 and drove in two.

For Hofstra, Danny Poma, Matt Reistetter and T.J. Thomas each went 2-for-4. Poma and Thomas each had an RBI.

Senior right-hander Eric Young (6-4) posted a complete-game victory for Delaware, allowing three runs on 10 hits while striking out seven. John Tiedemann (7-5) suffered the loss for Hofstra after surrendering nine runs on 10 hits over the first 2.2 innings.

Delaware wasted little time beginning its offensive barrage. The Hens strung together four singles in the first inning with Tyler Powell and Joe Giacchino driving in runs for a 2-0 lead. UD tacked on another run in the second as Jimmy Yezzo's double to the gap in left-center plated Ferdinand.

The Blue Hens blew the contest open with a seven-run third inning, six of which came with two outs. Ferdinand contributed the biggest blow of the frame, driving a three-run double to left-center. Maruri also knocked in two with a double to left and came around to make it 10-0 on Powell's two-bagger to right-center.

Delaware picked up a run in the fourth when Warrington singled and scored on a two-base wild pitch.

 Hofstra got on the board in the bottom of the fifth as Reistetter laced a leadoff single and scored on a two-out single by Poma. The Pride added two runs in the seventh as Thomas smacked a solo homer, his team-leading 8th of the season, and Austin Nyman singled and eventually scored on a double steal.