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NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware baseball squad dropped the season finale to the College of Charleston by an 11-7 Saturday afternoon at Bob Hannah Stadium, but the Hens gained the No. 4 seed in the upcoming Colonial Athletic Association Tournament.

Delaware, which won the first two games of the series by scores of 17-4 and 6-1, will head into the playoffs as the fourth seed in next week's CAA hosted by UNCW in Wilmington, N.C. 

Delaware (30-21, 15-9 CAA), which had a six-game win streak snapped, will face No. 5 seed Charleston (26-29, 13-11 CAA) once again in the opening round of the double-elimination tournament on Wednesday at 11 a.m.

The winner of that game will advance to face No. 1 seed Northeastern Thursday at 11 a.m. while the loser will face the loser of No. 3 seed William & Mary and No. 6 Elon game Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Northeastern, which swept James Madison this weekend, earned the top spot in the regular season and a first-round bye. UNCW finished second and earned the other first round bye.

Delaware, which ends the regular season with the best overall record in the CAA, also ended the regular season leading the conference in both hitting (.314) and ERA (4.48). Delaware is the first CAA member to accomplish the feat since James Madison in 2002.

“We really played some outstanding baseball this last two weeks, winning five out of the last six CAA games,” said Delaware head coach Jim Sherman. “Today we just came up just short. For the weekend, we really played outstanding. it was just one bad inning of pitching today that was the difference. Heading into the CAA Tournament as the four seed, we face Charleston again for the fourth time in six days. We're excited to be back in the playoffs. Hopefully we can win it.”

The Blue Hens enjoyed leads of 1-0 and 5-4 Saturday but a seven-run seventh inning by the Cougars propelled Charleston to victory.

Delaware's Jordan Glover went 3-5 with two extra base hits and Nick Tierno (above right) went 3-4 with a walk. Kevin Milley pitched the first four innings, allowing just one earned run.

Blue Hen reliever James Meeker replaced Milley in the fifth and pitched two and one-third innings, allowing seven runs to take the loss. 

The Blue Hens honored eight seniors before the game as infielder Jeremy Ake, pitcher Burk FitzPatrick, outfielder Jordan Glover, pitcher Ron Marinaccio, catcher Brian Mayer, pitcher Kevin Milley, infielder/catcher Nick Tierno and designated hitter Doug Trimble all were honored.

“This season, especially at home,is one of the most successful seasons I've had in my Delaware career,” Sherman added. “This is an extremely special group of young men. We talked all season long about how important it is to win at home, because of how hard it is to win on the road. Great job and leadership by our eight seniors. We bid them farewell at a little social gathering, and now we must turn the page to the postseason.”

Hen Scratchings:
• Ake finished third overall in the CAA in batting average with a mark of .354
• Outfielder Calvin Scott , who will take a 21-game hitting streak into postseason play, concluded the regular season with the fourth best batting average in the CAA at .350
• Delaware had four players finish in the top 10 in the CAA in batting average as Ake finished third, Scott finished fourth, Trimble (.343) finished sixth, and Glover (.331) finished 10th
• Marinaccio finished the regular season with the lowest ERA (2.19) among qualified CAA pitchers while Nick Spadafino had the fourth most wins (6).
• Glover finished tied for the lead in stolen bases with 19

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