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WILMINGTON, N.C. -- Redshirt junior Ron Marinaccio, delivered a 114-pitch two-hit shutout in Wednesday's Colonial Athletic Association Tournament opener, that propelled the University of Delaware to a 9-0 win.

Marinaccio, who allowed just three baserunners all day, gave up just an infield hit and a walk through the first eight innings of play. The Toms River, N.J. native retired 14 batters in a row from the end of the first to the sixth inning.

In the sixth, Marinaccio allowed his lone walk of the day. After a perfect seventh and eighth innings, the right hander allowed just a two-out single to Dupree Hart in the ninth. Marinaccio bounced back immediately, retiring CAA regular season batting champion Tommy Richter to end the game.

The complete game is the second of his career, and first since March 22, 2015 against Hofstra.

“Today was probably as good a performance as Ronny has had in his career, he was just electric today,” head coach Jim Sherman said. “Today's effort was very reminiscent of his freshman year when he was a true ‘target shooter'. As he's gained velocity over the past few years, he's become more of a power pitcher. He had great velocity and control, and his breaking ball was outstanding. I could not have asked for a more complete effort.” 

The Blue Hens (31-21), connected on 12 hits and walked five times against five College of Charleston (26-30) relievers.

Shortstop Jeremy Ake went 3-4 with two RBI and a walk, while Diaz Nardo and Jordan Glover each contributed a pair of hits.

“It's easy to call pitches when the pitcher executes his spot,” pitching coach Troy O'Neal said. “Today his fastball location was on point, and he was working both inside and outside. It's a lot easier when they throw it where you want them to. Ronny is a bulldog, and he knows that you have to get ahead. You get the first strike and the hitters averages fall by .150 points. You get ahead you win games, it's that simple. Performances like today are why you have a true number one. Once we were able to get up a few runs, we pounded the zone and wanted to throw strikes. Ronny is a stud.” 

 The Blue Hens advance to the Second Round of the CAA Tournament where they will meet number one overall seed Northeastern.

“The effort by our guys at the plate in today's game was fun for an old-timer like me," Sherman added. It's fun to see when guys buy into our approach and ideology in terms of the commitment and approach with runners in scoring position. Everyone really contributed today up and down the lineup which is really fun for me and coach [Dan] Hammer.”

Due to incliment weather, the Blue Hens and Huskies wont meet until about 5 p.m. tomorrow afternoon. RHP Nick Spadafino will pitch for UD while RHP Brian Christian will pitch for NU.  

“Heading into tomorrow, we're fresh from playing which I like. Northeastern has not played since Saturday," Sherman concluded. "We're going to see another good arm, so we need a good performance from Spad on the mound. We need to keep doing what we're doing. Coach O'Neal is doing a great job of calling pitches from game-to-game.”

Hen Scratchings:
• Delaware improves to 12-1 when hold its opponent to less than two runs
• The Blue Hens are 30-16 in day games this season, and are 24-4 when scoring six runs or more.
• Delaware earned its first CAA Tournament victory since May 22, 2015, when the Hens defeated Northeastern 7-3.
• Today's 9-0 victory was the first CAA Tournament shutout for the Blue Hens since May 25, 2007 against Old Dominion.
• The nine-run victory was the Hens' largest in a CAA Tournament game since May 23, 2007 in a 13-3 win against George Mason.
• Delaware is now batting .315 on the season as a team and very Blue Hens starter is batting at least .270 with eight starters hitting over .300.
• Calvin Scott extended his team-leading hitting streak to 22.
• Marinaccio has allowed just four runs over his last 40.2 innings pitched (0.90 ERA) and has a 0.94 mark as a starter
• Glover is hitting .548 since returning from an injury and has seven stolen bases, seven RBI, a home run, and four doubles during that span

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