Hofstra on brink after loss in CAA tourney

Hofstra head coach John Russo. (Undated file photo)

Hofstra head coach John Russo. (Undated file photo) (Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan)

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- One bad inning and Hofstra's best baseball season is on the brink of coming to a quick end.

The second-seeded Pride, which set a school record for wins during the regular season, gave up seven runs in the third inning en route to an 11-3 loss to third-seeded Delaware Thursday in the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament at James Madison.

The Pride, which swept the Blue Hens in three games in Delaware during the regular season, plays an elimination game against Virginia Commonwealth at 3:30 p.m. Friday. VCU beat Towson, 14-9, Thursday night.

"We're proud of what we've done this season," said Hofstra outfielder Danny Poma, the CAA Player of the Year. "We've broken a lot of records and we're the best Hofstra baseball team ever. We're still hungry, though."

Thursday, the Pride never got going.

Delaware starter Eric Young threw a complete game, allowing three runs and 10 hits and striking out seven.

With two outs in the third inning, the bases loaded and Delaware leading 4-0, Nick Ferdinand drove a pitch from Hofstra starter John Tiedemann deep into the gap in left-center for a three-run double.

Tiedemann was pulled after an intentional walk to the next batter and Alex Maruri greeted reliever Brett Schreiber with a two-run double that made it 9-0. Delaware (29-25) totaled six hits and was aided by an error in the inning.

"They really got hot early in the game and were able to take advantage of an error by us in the third and really put us away there with seven runs," Hofstra coach John Russo said. "Sitting around for the better part of two days almost probably wasn't to our advantage. The guys were so anxious to get out there and play."

Tiedemann allowed nine runs (four earned) in 22/3 innings. He walked one and struck out two for the Pride (33-21), which was making its first appearance in the CAA tourney since 2005.

"I felt very good today. My main problem was keeping the ball down,'' Tiedemann said. "They took advantage of that, just put really good swings on the ball."

Russo said all four relievers Hofstra used Thursday are available Friday. Tiedemann, who threw only 54 pitches, could come back Saturday, something he hopes he gets an opportunity to do.

Said Tiedemann: "I definitely would like to redeem myself for my outing tonight."

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