NEWARK, Del. -- It did not look pretty for the home team early Tuesday afternoon at Bob Hannah Stadium, as the University of Delaware trailed the University of Maryland 6-0 heading to the bottom of fourth.

Then it all changed.

Senior Calvin Scott led-off the fourth with a double, bring up Austin Niggebrugge, who worked an epic 10-pitch walk, fouling off five two-strike pitches (three consecutive). A wild pitch advanced the runners to second and third for freshman Zach Miller (2-for-3, 2 RBI) who cut the Maryland lead to 6-2 on an RBI single.

The next Delaware (9-5) batter, Kevin Mohollen, tripled home Miller to cut the Maryland (9-7) lead to just three runs. Freshman Chance DiFebbo lined a single to left to cut the UMD lead to 6-4 before junior Nick Patten capped the five-run explosion with a two-out double, that scored DiFebbo.

Down just a run, Delaware turned to freshman Joey Haass who threw a scoreless fifth and sixth innings. Unable to scratch across a run in the home half of either the fifth or sixth, Delaware turned to Cole Benjamin for seventh and eighth innings, who promptly struck out three batters in his two-clean innings of work.

In the bottom of the eighth, Delaware would tie the game at six, as Niggebrugge worked another full-count walk, taking three consecutive wide pitches. A sac-bunt and a Miller single placed runners on the corners with one out for Mohollen. The speedy outfielder later bounced into a fielder’s choice beating the ball to the first base bag.

Freshman Chris Ludman pitched a scoreless ninth, setting the stage for Scott to be the hero. Down 1-2 in the count, Scott worked the count full. On the ensuing payoff pitch from Terps closer John Murphy, Scott rocketed a fastball over the right centerfield wall for his first career walk-off home run. The home run was just the second hit that Murphy has allowed this season.

The victory improves Delaware to a season-best four games over .500 and to 3-1 on the current eight-game homestand. The Hens return to action Friday afternoon against Bryant. First pitch from Bob Hannah Stadium is scheduled for 3 p.m.

Head coach Jim Sherman

“Today’s victory is as dramatic as they come. Credit Cal Scott for getting a fastball on the inner-third of the plate and driving it to right center. He got a great swing on it. Once the ball lands, then the fun part began with the celebration. Clearly, we don’t win this game without the job our bullpen did from the fourth inning on. They allowed just a few hits and kept firing zeros. Great job from guys like Haass, Spadafino and Benjamin. Then Ludman pitched well again in the ninth, to earn his first victory. Today was great because a few of our young guys got great experience against a talented Maryland team. Again, the pitchers keeping Maryland off the board the last six innings helped us win this game. This victory will allow us to carry some momentum into a big four-game set against another really talented Bryant team. Bryant is always extremely competitive and strong offensively. It’s going to be a fun weekend, as it should be another really highly competitive series.”

Calvin Scott: 

 “In the ninth inning, I got a fastball up in the strike zone. I was looking for a pitch that I could get my hands extended on and drive. Maryland’s closer was throwing hard, so I knew if I made good contact on a pitch I could hit it could fly out. So my approach was to go to right-center and luckily I got enough for it to get out. Hopefully we take the win today and build on it. Bryant is a really good team, especially offensively. Last time we played them, they beat us. We need to come out and keep swinging the bats well and pitching well.  ”

On seeing former St. Mark’s teammate Billy Phillips who beat Cancer:

“That was a great moment. I know how hard he’s worked since the diagnosis. It makes me emotional to think about because I know how hard he’s been working to get back. Billy is a great pitcher, and in the three years we played together I saw him do great things. I knew when he got sick it wasn’t going to hold him back. He told me as soon as he got sick that he was going to beat it. Seeing him use baseball as his motivation was amazing. He motives me every single day to be better.”  


• Today’s victory was Delaware’s first walk-off win since Apr. 2, 2017 when the Hens defeated William & Mary 5-4 in 11 innings.
• Delaware won their first game this season when trailing after seven (1-4) innings.
• The Hens are now 6-0 when hitting a home run this season.
• The Hens are 31-6 when hitting at least one home run the past two seasons.
• UD has scored at least six runs seven times this season.
• They are 7-0 in those games.
• Tuesday was the first time Delaware won a game when an opponent scored first Scott has now homered in consecutive games for Delaware.
• The senior has scored five runs the past two games, reaching base six times.
• DiFebbo’s fourth-inning single was his first career hit. Ludman earned his first career win.
• Delaware has now won three consecutive games, and seven out of eight overall.
• The Blue Hens are 7-1 this season at Bob Hannah Stadium.
• With today’s victory, Delaware earned the season sweep over Maryland. The Hens have defeated Maryland the past four times the teams have played.