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NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware baseball squad completed a Colonial Athletic Association series sweep from Towson Sunday afternoon as the Blue Hens shutout the Tigers 8-0 behind an impressive showing on the mound at Bob Hannah Stadium.

The victory marked Delaware's 10th consecutive home victory this season as the Blue Hens (28-20, 13-8 CAA) improved to 20-3 overall and 8-1 vs. CAA opponents on friendly ground. Delaware swept a doubleheader from Towson (19-32, 5-16 CAA) by scores of 7-5 and 11-1 on Friday as part of the successful weekend.

On Sunday, two Blue Hen pitchers combined to throw a four-hit shutout as senior Kevin Milley (4-3) pitched the first five innings while James Meeker (Below) pitched the last four to earn his second save. Milley allowed just two hits and struck out four while Meeker struck out six in his four innings of work and scattered a pair of hits.

 

Delaware posted its third shutout of the season and first since blanking Penn State by scores of 5-0 and 8-0 back on May 18-19 at Hannah Stadium. The win also marked Delaware's first shutout win in CAA play since the Hens blanked Hofstra 6-0 back on Apr. 19, 2014 in Hempstead, N.Y.

The Blue Hens also got the job done offensively, banging out 14 hits on the day.

“Again, we received outstanding pitching,” said Delaware head coach Jim Sherman who was honored by UD Director of Athletics and Recreation Services Chrissi Rawak in a pre-game ceremony for winning his 500th game at Delaware back on May 7. “Anytime you get a shutout you have to tip your hat to the pitchers. I thought both Milley and Meeker were excellent. It was good to see Milley rebound after struggling a bit, and then Meeker did what he's done all year, coming in and closing the door.”

The Hens started quickly Sunday, jumping out to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning as centerfielder Kevin Mohollen led off with a single, stole second, and scored on an RBI single by Jordan Glover. After a stolen base and a walk, Nick Patten hit his team-leading 11th home run of the season to give the Hens a 3-0 advantage.  

In the third, Jeremy Ake singled with two outs and later scored on Doug Trimble's (Below) RBI triple. Trimble, who went 2-3 with three RBI, later hit a two-run homer in the fifth to give Delaware a comfortable 6-0 lead.

 

Delaware added runs in the sixth and seventh on a pair of sacrifice flies and cruised to the 8-0 win.

The victory improves Delaware to a season-best eight-games over .500 overall and five games above .500 in the CAA. The Hens are currently just one game behind UNCW for the conference lead and a half-game behind Northeastern for the second spot.

Delaware concludes the regular season at home next weekend (May 18-20) against the College of Charleston.

“Glover has not missed a beat since coming back,” Sherman added. “It was good to see Doug produce another good game and see (Nick) Tierno swing the bat well. We're going to need all our guys to win the CAA Tournament in two weeks [at UNCW]. The pitching is vital, but we also need our bats. Heading into next weekend we must play desperate for wins. We can control our destiny a bit in terms of seeding. We have to have a few things happen, but need to just keep winning and hope that someone slips up, pushing us into one of the top two seeds.”

HEN SCRATCHINGS:

• The Blue Hen's 20 home victories are the second most since 2004, and the most since 2013 when they won 21.
• Delaware improved to 20-1 when scoring at least seven runs.
• The Hens' are 13-1 when hitting multiple home runs in a game.
• UD is now 10-1 when hold its opponents to two runs or fewer, and to 14-3 when scoring in the first.
• The Blue Hens are 21-6 when they outhit their opponents, and are 19-6 when scoring first.
• Delaware leads the CAA in both hitting (.307) and ERA (4.51). Since 2006 no team has lead the conference in both hitting AND pitching. Delaware has not led the CAA in pitching since moving to the league in 2001. 
• Calvin Scott increased his hitting streak to 18 games. The streak is tied with Trimble for the longest this season.
• Trimble batted .455 this series, compiling his 21st and 22nd multiple hit games, and 10th and 11th multiple RBI outputs.
• Glover stole his 14th bag of this season today. He is tied for third in the CAA. 
• Jeremy Ake batted .545 (6-11) this series with three doubles, a home run and seven RBI.

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