NEWARK, Del. -- University of Delaware right-hander Kyle Hinton retired the first 18 Monmouth University batters he faced in Saturday afternoon’s 2-1 Delaware victory at Bob Hannah Stadium.

Heading into the seventh with the perfect game intact and nursing a 1-0 lead, Hinton allowed a leadoff single to Monmouth’s Kyle Norman. After a strikeout, the Hawks would eventually load the bases with one-out chasing the Delaware righty. Senior Colman Vila allowed a bases-loaded walk to tie the game, but eventually got the next two batters to pop-up and groundout.

In the bottom of the seventh, Kevin Mohollen drew a one-out walk and advanced to third base on a stolen base and a throwing error. Second baseman Erik Bowren drove in Mohollen one pitch later on a single to left.

Vila returned for the eighth inning, where he struck out the side. In the top of the ninth, Monmouth (4-7) was able to place runners on the corners with one-out, prompting another pitching change for the Hens. Righty James Meeker entered and promptly coaxed a comebacker, keeping the tying run at third base, before the righty struck out Matt Graber to seal the win.

Delaware (7-5) and Monmouth will play the rubber match of the three-game series tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m. Freshman Billy Sullivan IV (2-0, 0.66 ERA) will take the hill for Delaware. He will be opposed by Monmouth’s Tyler Ksiazek (0-0, 11.57 ERA).

Head coach Jim Sherman

“Well, today was a totally different day. Yesterday we hit a bump in the road with our pitching for the first time all year. Today we came right back and showed great resiliency. We only won today because of how great the pitching was. We got a great outing out of Hinton and then Vila came in and got some big outs. Then Meeker cleaned it up at the end, getting the last couple of outs. Today was great for our pitchers, despite the struggles we had at the plate. I haven’t won too many games in my career where we’ve gotten just two hits. We’ll take it though.”

On tomorrow's big rubber-match: 

“Both of these teams are extremely intense because there are a bunch of kids on our team that have played with or against some of the guys from Monmouth. So there’s definitely a familiarity between these two teams. We’ve got some New Jersey kids and they’ve got some Delaware kids. So the intensity today was definitely ratcheted up. Today was fun, but tomorrow’s rubber-match game will probably be even more exciting and intense. Tomorrow we need to get another great pitching performance out of Billy and have our bullpen finish if off like they did today. We need to do more offensively. I expect us somewhere along the line to get it going offensively again.”

Kyle Hinton: 

“Coming into today after yesterday’s loss I was just trying to do my best to get us back into the series and give us a shot to win it tomorrow. The goal is always to throw up zeros regardless of what the score is. All of the guys were supporting me and the dugout was loud and into it. My teammates kept me going today. Overall the mindset is to get ahead of hitters and allow my teammates behind me to make plays.”

On the mindset today: 

“Coach Sherman always reminds us that the best thing about baseball is that you have tomorrow and that even with a Friday loss you can still win the series. Coach Sherm is always preaching that next game mindset. Every team is going to have a few bad performances throughout the long season, but it’s about how you bounce back from that. Tomorrow we expect the same Billy that we’ve seen the past three starts. He’s one of the most confident people on this team despite being just a freshman. Everyone has the utmost confidence in him. He’s going to do his job tomorrow as he’s done the whole year.”

Hinton allowed just two hits and one earned run over his 6.1 innings of work. The righty lowered his ERA to 1.56 on the year and has allowed just one earned run over his last two outings (13.1 innings).
• The Salesianum product lowed his batting average against to just .195. The starter has now struck out a team-best 26 batters. 
• Delaware improves to 3-1 in Hinton's four starts this season.
• UD is now 5-1 this season when hold opponents to two runs or fewer. 
• The Hens are 7-1 this season when scoring first.
• Delaware won their first game this season (previously 0-5) when they were out-hit.
• Meeker lowed his ERA to 2.38 this season.
• The Hens late-inning relievers have allowed just three earned runs in 27.0 innings (1.00 ERA)