The University of Delaware and Rider College scored easy victories to stay in contention for the regular-season baseball championship of the East Coast Conference yesterday. Delaware routed University of Maryland Baltimore County, 22-5, and Rider walloped Towson State, 20-4.
The results left Delaware (32-6) at 15-3, followed by Rider (28-8-1) at 14-3, Towson State (24-20-1) at 13-5 and UMBC (27-18) at 8-10. The final game will be played today with Rider at Central Connecticut (7-10). A Rider win would give it first place, with Delaware second, Towson State third and UMBC fourth. A Rider loss would give Delaware first place, with Rider second, Towson State third and Central Connecticut fourth. Regular-season results between the two schools determine tie-breakers.
The top four teams advance to the double-elimination tournament, beginning Saturday at Mercer County Park, outside Trenton, N.J.
At UMBC, Delaware put the game out of sight with a seven-run first inning, and the last four hitters in the lineup went 11-for-14 with 11 RBI through the first seven innings. Every starter had a hit, an RBI and scored a run. For the Retrievers, John Burns had three hits, including two doubles, giving him a team-high 22 for the season.
At Towson State, Brian Humphrey had the big blow for Rider, a grand slam that gave the Broncs a 10-1 lead in the third inning.