No. 1 seed UNC-Wilimington scored two runs in the seventh and another in the eighth to defeat No. 3 seed Delaware in the first game of Day 3 of the 2012 CAA Baseball Tournament in Harrisonburg, Va.
The Blue Hens took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 4th on a solo home run by Alex Maruri. But the Seahawks rallied to take a 2-1 lead in the seventh, helped by a throwing error by Delaware second baseman D.J. Long and an RBI single by Matt Campbell.
UNC-Wilmington increased their lead to 3-1 in the eighth inning on a home run by Hunter Ridge and held on despite a RBI single by Delaware's Tyler Powell in the bottom of the eighth inning. The Blue Hens lost their last chance to tie the game when pinch-runner Joe Giacchino was thrown out at third base on Powell's single.
Ryan Hartley hit a one-out double for Delaware in the bottom of the ninth inning, but the Seahawks held on for the win to improve their tournament record to 2-0. Delaware will meet either VCU or Hofstra in an elimination game later Friday.
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