Hempstead, NY - Hofstra rallied from a 2-0 deficit and Nick Kozlowski scattered seven hits over eight innings as the Pride claimed a 3-2 win over Delaware in the opening game of a Colonial Athletic Association series Friday at University Field.
Hofstra, which won for the third time in its last four CAA games, improved to 15-13 on the season and 4-3 in the CAA. Delaware drops to 15-19, 3-6 in league play.
Delaware scored twice in the third inning off of Kozlowski to take a 2-0 lead. Ty Warrington led off with a double and went to third on a single up the middle by Joe Giacchino. EJ Stoltzfus drove in the first run with a fielder's choice grounder. After moving to second on a passed ball, Stoltzfus came around to score on a single by Zach Lopes.
The Blue Hens threatened to open the game up in the sixth, loading the bases with one out. But Kozlowski got a strikeout and a fly out to end the threat without any damage.
Delaware starter Dan Gatto cruised through the first five innings, allowing just three hits, but ran into some trouble in the sixth due in part to Hofstra's running game. TJ Ehrsam led off the inning with a bunt single and went to second on a hit from Robbie Cafiero. A fielder's choice put Ehrsam on third and Matt Ford on first. Ford broke for second on first movement and was caught in a rundown, Ehrsam raced home and beat the tag to score the first run and Ford went to second. After a wild pitch moved Ford to third, Kenny Jackson delivered a game-tying single to right field. The Pride would load the bases still with one out, but Delaware got a 1-2-3 double play to end the threat.
The Pride took the lead in the seventh as Ryan Donovan lined a single up the middle and went to second on another bunt single from Ehrsam. A wild pitch put Donovan at third and another wild pitch allowed him to come in with what proved to be the game-winning run.
Kozlowski (6-2) would pitch a 1-2-3 eighth inning before yielding to Brett Schreiber to start the ninth. The senior, who set Hofstra's all-time saves mark last weekend, tied the single season mark with his seventh of the season. He now shares the mark with Jeff Denlea, who saved seven games in 2005. Schreiber allowed a leadff single to Jake Clark, who moved to second on a sacrifice and to third on a ground out before getting stranded at third.
Gatto fell to 3-6 with the complete game loss. He allowed nine hits and three runs, while striking out nine. Clark finished the day 3-3 with a walk. Lopes was 2-4 with an RBI for the Blue Hens.
Cafiero and Ehrsam had two hits each for the Pride.
The teams continue the series Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.