NEWARK, Del. – The University of Delaware baseball team opened Colonial Athletic Association play with a doubleheader sweep over Towson University Saturday afternoon at Bob Hannah Stadium.

The Hens (12-8) defeated the Tigers (3-17) 6-3 in the opener, before holding on for a 2-1 victory. In game one, junior Kyle Hinton (3-1) pitched six and one-third innings, allowing just two runs. Senior Calvin Scott went three-for-four in the opener, driving in a pair of runs. Senior Colman Vila appeared in his 76th game for Delaware, breaking the all-time program mark. Vila struck out the side in the ninth to earn his second save of the season. 

In the nightcap, Delaware freshman Billy Sullivan IV threw the strongest outing of his collegiate career, throwing a career-high six shutout innings. Sullivan struck out 10. Kyle Baker and Diaz Nardo each drove in a run, while senior James Meeker pitched 1.2 innings to earn his third save.

Delaware will look for the series sweep tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m.

Head coach Jim Sherman: 

"It's always a good day when you win both legs of the doubleheader. Today we got more good pitching from guys like Hinton, Meeker, Sullivan and Vila. Allowing just four runs (three earned) today was really good to see. Both Hinton and Sullivan threw well then the 'pen did their job. We're still struggling a bit too much at the plate. But overall we're still trying to find our new identity. Last year we were a team built on power hitting, but this team is going to have to do it a bit differently. We're going to have to find ways to manufacture some runs. Today we did a good job of that. Tomorrow the good news is we still have a bunch of fresh arms, so we're in good shape for the third game of the series."  

On Hinton and Sullivan:
"Coming off of being sick last week we wanted to make sure that Billy had enough in the tank, and he did. We want to get Billy to the point where he starts to work deeper into ballgames, pitching into the sixth, seventh or eighth innings. Today we could have sent Billy back out of the seventh, but we decided to not. Our bullpen was fresh and have been doing a good job all year, so we felt that was the best move. Kyle is a competitor out there. He wasn't as sharp as we've seen him in the past three or four outings, but he battled through. That's the difference in him this season having matured as an upperclassman. He's learned how to pitch. I tip my hat to Kyle for hanging tough and battling." 

RHP Billy Sullivan IV

"This was a great day for our team. Our defense was excellent today, and coach Troy (O'Neal) did a great job calling the game. Towson is a great team, so it was great to be able to pitch as well as I did. It felt awesome being back out there with my teammates today after missing last week. I have the most confidence in the world in our bullpen, and I knew they were going to get the job done. I wasn't too worried about it because I knew Clay [Conaway], Chris [Ludman] and Meek were going to come through." 

HEN SCRATCHINGS: 
• 
Delaware improves to 9-4 this season at home, and to 10-3 when scoring first. 
• The Hens are 2-0 in CAA play for the first time since 2013, when the Hens also took the first two games of a series against Towson. Delaware seeking its first 3-0 CAA start since 2011 when the Hens swept Hofstra. 
• UD is now 12-2 the past two seasons at home against conference opponents.
• Delaware improved to 9-0 when scoring at least six runs this season and to 5-2 in one-run games. 
• The Hens are now 10-0 when leading after seven this season, and 40-1 the past two seasons. 
• Baker returned to the lineup for the first time since Mar. 10 (six games missed).
• Sullivan IV hasn't allowed a run in three of his five starts and allowed one run or fewer in four of five. The freshman's 10 strikeouts today were a career-high. 
• Hinton has now allowed just seven earned runs in six starts this season. The righty hasn't allowed more than two runs in any start this season and has won a career-best three games. 
• UD improves to 5-1 in Hinton starts, having won four consecutive games that the Delaware native has pitched. 
• Sullivan is now 3-0 in his college career and Delaware improved to 4-1 in his five starts. The St. Mark's product has struck out 30 batters in his 23.2 innings pitched. 
• Hinton and Sullivan have now won a team-best three games, while Meeker earned his team leading third save. 
Kevin Mohollen has now reached base in 15 consecutive games.