NEWARK, Del. – The University of Delaware softball team remained in contention for a CAA Tournament berth with a crucial doubleheader sweep of Elon, 3-1 and 9-4, Friday afternoon at the UD Softball Stadium.

The Blue Hens, who have won seven of their last eight games including five straight, improved to 17-31 overall and 7-13 in the conference. Delaware is tied for sixth place in the standings along with the Phoenix, who dropped to 24-27 overall and 7-13 in league play. The Blue Hens need to win Saturday’s 12 noon regular season finale and have Charleston defeat UNCW to advance to the CAA Tournament, which will be held Wednesday through Friday at James Madison.

Elon struck first in the opener during the top of the first inning when Ashtyn Foddrell singled home Hannah Olson, but Delaware tied the game in the bottom of the fourth as Giovanna Kolofer worked a leadoff walk and scored on a two-out single up the middle by Reyna de Jesus. Keiana Smith then scored on a Phoenix error in the bottom of the fifth, before Mariah Kondravy singled home Leanna Geahart with the final run of the game.

UD pitcher Jordan Cargile followed with two scoreless innings to close out the victory.

Gearhart scored the first run of the second game in the bottom of the first inning when she stole second and came around to score on two Elon throwing errors. Kondravy tripled home Gearhart in the third, before doubles by de Jesus and Kolofer in the fourth made it a 3-0 game.

The Phoenix took the lead in the top of the fifth, as Kristin Hoover doubled home a run before Olson delivered a bases loaded double to clear the bases.

However the Blue Hens answered right back in the bottom half on a bases loaded walk to de Jesus, an RBI groundout by Chayanna Gallardo and an RBI single by Julia Solderitch to take a 6-4 advantage. Gearhart then tripled home Mattie Nuccio the following frame, and after Kondravy hit a sacrifice fly, Anna Steinmetz capped the scoring with a solo homer to leftcenter.

Cargile, who replaced starter Sarah Piening in the circle during the top of the fifth, allowed just one run in 2.2 innings of work to earn her second win of the day and her ninth of the season.

HEN SCRATCHINGS
• Cargile has won six consecutive decisions
• Gearhart and de Jesus each finished the day with four hits
• Gearhart scored four runs on the afternoon, extending her school record total to 156
• Kondravy added two and now has 237 career hits, two shy of the school record
• Steinmetz also added two hits and extended her school record homers mark to 36
• The UD senior class will be honored in a pregame ceremony prior to Saturday’s regular season finale

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