NEWARK, Del. – The University of Delaware softball team completed a dramatic three-game sweep of Elon by edging the Phoenix, 2-1, Saturday afternoon on Senior Day.

Delaware, which finished the regular season with an 18-31 overall record and 8-13 in the Colonial Athletic Association, failed to qualify for the CAA Tournament after UNCW completed a three-game sweep over Charleston later Saturday afternoon. The Blue Hens and Cougars tied for fifth place in the league standings, but Charleston held the tiebreaker.

Elon ended its season with a 24-28 overall mark including a 7-14 CAA record.

The Blue Hens took the early lead in the bottom of the first inning when Leanna Gearhart led off with an infield single, stole second, moved to third on a single by Giovanna Kolofer, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Anna Steinmetz. However the Phoenix quickly drew even in the top of the second when Erica Serafini hit a sacrifice fly to drive home Callie Horn.

Alyshia Dellatore led off the bottom of the second with a single to leftfield, before moving to third base on a sacrifice bunt and a flyout. Gearhart then worked a walk, and when she immediately got in a rundown between first and second, Dellatore scampered home with the winning run.

UD pitcher Jordan Cargile would make the lead stand up by firing five straight scoreless frames from there. The Phoenix loaded the bases with two away in the top of the sixth, before Cargile struck out Kara Shutt swinging to escape the jam. Elon had a runner on second with two outs in the seventh when Ashtyn Fodddrell lofted a flyball to shallow centerfield, but Julia Solderitch made a terrific sliding catch to end the game and set off the Blue Hen celebration.

• Delaware won its final six games and eight of its last nine contests
• UD seniors Cargile, Dellatore, Gearhart, Kolofer, Mariah Kondravy and Mattie Nuccio were honored in a pregame ceremony
• Cargile won her 10th game of the year and her seventh consecutive decision after allowing just one unearned run on six hits with four strikeouts
• Gearhart, Kolofer, Steinmetz and Dellatore accounted for the Blue Hens’ four hits on the day
• Delaware swept Elon in a regular season series for the first time since the Phoenix joined the league

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