Newark, DE - Hofstra tallied 16 hits, including three from Jared Hammer and Kevin Flynn, and got a strong five-inning start from Joe Burg as the Pride defeated Delaware, 16-1, at Bob Hannah Stadium Friday afternoon in a Colonial Athletic Association contest.
The victory improves the Pride's record to 23-17 overall and 12-7 in the CAA. Delaware falls to 20-20 overall and 11-8 in league action.
Hofstra used a two-out, six-run rally in the third inning to break open a scoreless game. Dalton Rouleau started the surge by getting it by a pitch. Danny Poma followed with a single to put runners on first and second. Matt Ford then knocked in the first run of the game with a single to right that sent Poma to third. Hammer singled in Poma and sent Ford to second. Kenny Jackson had a single of his own to knock in Ford for a 3-0 lead. A walk to Flynn loaded the bases and a second walk to Bryan Verbitsky forced in the fourth Hofstra run. T.J. Thomas then delivered a two-run single to make it a 6-0 game. The RBIs were Thomas' eighth in the last two games.
Hofstra would add runs in the fourth and fifth on sacrifice flies from Poma and Thomas, respectively, to take an 8-0 lead. The Pride then pushed four runs across in the sixth with three coming in on Verbitsky's fourth home run of the season. Hofstra closed out the game with a four-run ninth inning highlighted by Hammer's third home run of the year, a three-run shot to right.
The Blue Hens could only muster two hits off Burg, who was making just his second start of the season. He allowed just two singles in his five innings of work and struck out six before giving way to Brett Schreiber in the sixth. Schreiber worked the final four innings to notch his second save of the season, allowing one run on three hits.
Delaware would scratch out a run in the seventh as Cameron Travalini reached on a fielder's choice, went to second on a single by DJ Long and scored on a single by Nick Ferdinand.
Blue Hens starting pitcher Eric Young allowed 11 hits and 10 earned runs in 5 1/3 innings to take the loss.
The 16 runs for Hofstra marked the 13th time this season that Hofstra has scored more than 10 in a game. Hofstra entered the week ranked seventh in the nation in scoring at 7.7 runs per game.
Hammer and Verbitsky had four RBIs on the day, while Ford and Thomas knocked in three runs each. All nine Hofstra starters recorded at least one hit in the game.
The two teams continue the series Saturday at 1 p.m.