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NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware softball team celebrated its Senior Day by sweeping a doubleheader from UNCW, 4-3 and 2-1, in a pair of dramatic victories Saturday afternoon at the UD Softball Stadium to keep its postseason hopes alive.

The Blue Hens improved to 23-27 overall and 9-11 in the Colonial Athletic Association, and are now tied for fifth place in the league standings with Elon, which fell to James Madison on Saturday. If Delaware defeats the Seahawks on Sunday at 12 noon in its regular season finale, the Blue Hens will qualify for the five-team CAA Tournament at JMU next Wednesday through Friday. If the Blue Hens lose to UNCW, Elon will earn the fifth seed in the tournament.

UNCW (31-15-1, 10-9 CAA) scored an unearned run in the top of the first during the opener, and the Seahawks increased their lead to 3-0 when Rachel Willis and Merritt Wilkinson delivered RBI singles in the top of the seventh.

However with their backs against the wall, the Blue Hens staged an epic rally in the bottom of the frame. Anna Steinmetz led off the inning with an infield single, and following a walk to Alyshia Dellatore, Devon Steiner (above) drove home pinch runner Jess Bishop with an RBI double down the rightfield line. Jordan Cargile then walked to load the bases, and after Sarah Coyne worked  a 3-0 count, the game was delayed by rain for 40 minutes.

Following the delay Coyne walked to force home Dellatore, while Ali Davis (right) laced a single to left to drive home pinch runner Julia Solderitch to tie the game at 3-3. Cargile was then thrown out at the plate on a force play, but UNCW pitcher Peyton Jordan's second pitch to Mariah Kondravy was wild and got past Seahawks catcher Ashley Best, allowing Miranda O'Donald (below) to scamper home with the winning run.

Cargile, who allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits with seven strikeouts in a complete game effort in the circle, improved to 16-14 on the year. Jordan fell to 15-7 for the Seahawks after giving up four runs on seven hits in 6.2 frames.

The second game was a pitcher's duel between Blue Hen senior Taylor Curran and UNCW pitcher Sarah Davis, and remained scoreless until the bottom of the sixth. Kondravy led off with frame with a sharp single to right, while Bishop pinch ran and advanced to third when Steinmetz crushed a pitch that hit the top of the centerfield fence. Dellatore then grounded out to third, with Bishop racing home on the throw to first base to put Delaware on the board. Steiner followed with a single to centerfield, chasing home Solderitch to make it a 2-0 game.

UNCW, which was held without a hit through the first six innings, rallied in the top of the seventh as Kelsey Bryan led off with a single and two outs later Anna Hessenthaler singled to rightfield. Lauren Moore then ripped a single to leftcenter to drive home Bryan, but Curran recovered to retire Kali Jones on a flyout to center to end the game.

Curran, who was honored in the pregame Senior Day ceremony along with classmate Morgan Schroll, improved to 5-7 after allowing one run on three hits in the complete game victory. Davis dropped to 13-5 for the Seahawks despite giving up two runs on eight hits in six innings of work.

Kondravy finished 3 for 6 at the plate during the afternoon, while Steiner added two hits and two RBI. Schroll, Steinmetz and Gearhart also recorded two hits during UD's doubleheader sweep.

Game Notes:
• Delaware swept its third CAA doubleheader of the year, and its first since winning twice at Drexel on Apr. 2
• Kondravy moved into a tied for fourth place in Blue Hen history with 182 career hits
• Cargile is now tied for seventh in a UD single season with 16 victories this year
• A win on Sunday would qualify Delaware for the CAA Tournament for the second straight year, and for the fifth time in the last seven seasons

MEDIA INFORMATION: Contact Kevin Tritt at: ktritt@udel.edu (email) / 302-831-8715 (office) / 302-383-5005 (cell)