D'Errico (2-2) was dominant as he held Delaware without a hit for the first three innings and had a two-hit shutout through seven innings. In the eighth, D'Errico gave up a single by Hank Yates to lead off the inning and induced what appeared to be a double play ball to second, but shortstop Matt Ford's relay throw went through the webbing of the glove of first baseman Dylan Nasiatka to allow Nick Ferdinand to reach safely at first. Alex Mottle followed with a two-run shot to right center to cut the Hofstra lead to 4-2. After getting a pop up out and giving up a single, D'Errico was relieved by Joe Burg, who got the final out of the eighth and one out in the ninth before giving way to Jeff Guthridge. Guthridge got the final two outs for his first save of the season.
Hofstra's offense got on the board in the second when Kenny Jackson walked and went to third on a Joe Perez double. Matt Reistetter followed with a sacrifice fly to give Hofstra a 1-0 lead. The Pride plated two more runs in the fifth as Perez led off with a home run for a 2-0 advantage. Reistetter followed with a single and went to third on Bobby Gazzola's double. Following a groundout, Matt Ford singled to right field to drive in Reistetter for a 3-0 Hofstra lead.
The Pride tacked on an insurance run in the seventh as Perez doubled to lead off and went to third on a single by Reistetter. Gazzola then delivered a run-scoring single for a 4-0 lead. The Pride could have done more damage, but Ford hit into a bases-loaded, 3-2-3 double play for the first two outs of the inning and after a walk loaded the bases once again, T.J. Thomas hit one on the nose but right at Yates in centerfield.
Hofstra got great production from the bottom of the order as Perez, Reistetter and Gazzola combined for seven of the Pride's 11 hits. Perez was 3-4 with two doubles, a home run and two runs scored. Reistetter was 2-2 with a run and an RBI, while Gazzola was 2-3 with an RBI. Danny Poma also had multiple hits, as he finished 2-4 on the afternoon.
Delaware starter Eric Young (1-2) took the loss, allowing six hits and three runs in four-plus innings of work. Aside from Mottle's home run, the Delaware offense produced just four singles against D'Errico.
The two teams face-off again Saturday in game two of the three-game series. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.