BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The University of Delaware baseball team is heading to Citizens Bank Park.

The Blue Hens earned the trip to the home of the Philadelphia Phillies after defeating Lehigh University 15-7 Wednesday afternoon at J. David Walker Field in the semifinal round of the annual Liberty Bell Classic. The victory advances Delaware to the LBC title game on Tuesday, Apr. 17, against Patriot League foe Lafayette. First pitch from Citizens Bank Park is scheduled for 7 p.m.

The Blue Hens (15-14), who scored at least a run in the first five innings, received 14 hits and placed 20 batters on base in the win over Lehigh.

Freshman Joey Haass (1-0) pitched the first five innings for Delaware, allowing just three hits and a run to earn his first career victory.  

Offensive highlights included centerfielder Kevin Mohollen going three-for-three and reaching base six times, Kyle Baker going two-for-six with four runs batted in, and freshman Ben Werkheiser, who entered his first career game in the seventh inning, hitting his first career home run in the ninth.  

In total five different Blue Hens recorded multiple hits, and five different Hens recorded an RBI. 

Delaware returns to action Friday afternoon when they welcome UNCW for a weekend series. First pitch Friday is scheduled for 3 p.m. All fans are encouraged to arrive early as before the game (2:45 p.m.) last season's Colonial Athletic Association Championship banner will be revealed in a pregame ceremony. 

Head coach Jim Sherman
“Today was a great day for us in a lot of ways. We received a really strong outing from Joey Haass, who earned his first career victory. Then at the plate, we strung together some really good at-bats. It was nice to see Ben Werkheiser hit his first career home run in the ninth. Overall, excited to advance to the Liberty Bell Finals and get a chance to play at an MLB ballpark.”

On carrying the momentum from Sunday’s comeback victory over Hofstra:                                                                                                                       
"Sunday was an absolutely critical game that we won, and I think it carried over to today. We had been scuffling a bit. We needed that win Sunday really badly, and we got it. Winning that game took some of the pressure off of the guys, especially at the plate. Today I thought we played a bit more relaxed and were better at the plate. I thought we received really good pitching, we just had that one bump in the road in the eighth inning where we had a few miscues. Other than that it was a good day.”

C Ben Werkheiser:
“Today was a special moment for me. I came into the game and just wanted to be aggressive and look for a fastball early in the count. In the ninth I got a hanging slider and I was just trying to square it up. I wasn’t trying to hit a home run and I was just trying to stay within myself. I’m just really happy that we got this win and we get to play at Citizens Bank Park. Tuesday should be a special experience because I grew up going to Phillies games there. It should be a lot of fun getting to play in a Major League stadium.”

• Delaware improves to 4-0 in mid-week games.
• The victory advances the Blue Hens to the LBC Final for the first time since 2013. Delaware has won an LBC-high eight titles. 
• Delaware stole five bases this afternoon. 
• Mohollen's four runs scored tied his career-high.
• First baseman Nick Patten went two-for-five in today's game. The Butler, Pa. native extended his hitting streak to seven games and now has reached base in 16 consecutive contests. 
• Freshman Jordan Hutchins went three-for-five with a pair of runs scored and two RBI. The two RBIs and runs scored are the first of his career. Hutchins also stole his first two career bases. 
• Baker's four RBI are new career-high.
• Werkheiser's home run occurred in just his second career at-bat. The freshman's long-ball was the first home run that has been hit this season at J. David Walker Field.