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Schedule

BASEBALL
Feb 16 - FINAL
Delaware
Delaware
3
Charleston Southern
Charleston Southern
6
BASEBALL
Feb 17 - FINAL
Delaware
Delaware
6
Charleston Southern
Charleston Southern
2
BASEBALL
Feb 18 - FINAL
Delaware
Delaware
1
Charleston Southern
Charleston Southern
0
BASEBALL
Feb 23 - FINAL
Delaware
Delaware
2
Florida Atlantic
Florida Atlantic
7
BASEBALL
Feb 24 - FINAL
Delaware
Delaware
1
Florida Atlantic
Florida Atlantic
2
BASEBALL
Feb 25 - FINAL
Delaware
Delaware
3
Florida Atlantic
Florida Atlantic
6
BASEBALL
Mar 3 - FINAL
Delaware State
Delaware State
5
Delaware
Delaware
9
BASEBALL
Mar 4 - FINAL
Delaware State
Delaware State
0
Delaware
Delaware
9
BASEBALL
Mar 4 - FINAL
Delaware State
Delaware State
4
Delaware
Delaware
11
BASEBALL
Mar 8 - FINAL
Delaware
Delaware
7
Maryland
Maryland
1
BASEBALL
Mar 9 - FINAL
Monmouth
Monmouth
15
Delaware
Delaware
2
BASEBALL
Mar 10 - FINAL
Monmouth
Monmouth
1
Delaware
Delaware
2
BASEBALL
Mar 11 - FINAL
Monmouth
Monmouth
6
Delaware
Delaware
7
BASEBALL
Mar 13 - FINAL
Maryland
Maryland
6
Delaware
Delaware
7
BASEBALL
Mar 16 - FINAL
Bryant
Bryant
13
Delaware
Delaware
2
BASEBALL
Mar 17 - FINAL
Bryant
Bryant
3
Delaware
Delaware
7
BASEBALL
Mar 17 - FINAL
Bryant
Bryant
5
Delaware
Delaware
2
BASEBALL
Mar 18 - FINAL
Bryant
Bryant
6
Delaware
Delaware
5
BASEBALL
Mar 24 - FINAL
Towson
Towson
3
Delaware
Delaware
6
BASEBALL
Mar 24 - FINAL
Towson
Towson
1
Delaware
Delaware
2
BASEBALL
Mar 25 - FINAL
Towson
Towson
10
Delaware
Delaware
2
BASEBALL
Mar 27 - FINAL
Delaware
Delaware
7
La Salle
La Salle
3
BASEBALL
Mar 30 - FINAL
Delaware
Delaware
2
Michigan
Michigan
6
BASEBALL
Mar 31 - FINAL
Delaware
Delaware
0
Michigan
Michigan
11
BASEBALL
Mar 31 - 03:00 PM
Delaware
Delaware
Michigan
Michigan
BASEBALL
Apr 1 - FINAL
Delaware
Delaware
2
Michigan
Michigan
4
BASEBALL
Apr 6 - FINAL
Delaware
Delaware
0
Hofstra
Hofstra
9
BASEBALL
Apr 7 - FINAL
Delaware
Delaware
1
Hofstra
Hofstra
11
BASEBALL
Apr 8 - FINAL
Delaware
Delaware
5
Hofstra
Hofstra
2
BASEBALL
Apr 11 - FINAL
Delaware
Delaware
15
Lehigh
Lehigh
7
BASEBALL
Apr 13 - FINAL
UNCW
UNCW
3
Delaware
Delaware
5
BASEBALL
Apr 14 - FINAL
UNCW
UNCW
1
Delaware
Delaware
5
BASEBALL
Apr 15 - FINAL
UNCW
UNCW
10
Delaware
Delaware
0
BASEBALL
Apr 17 - FINAL
Lafayette
Lafayette
9
Delaware
Delaware
4
BASEBALL
Apr 18 - FINAL
Saint Joseph's
Saint Joseph's
5
Delaware
Delaware
8
BASEBALL
Apr 20 - FINAL
James Madison
James Madison
1
Delaware
Delaware
5
BASEBALL
Apr 21 - FINAL
James Madison
James Madison
6
Delaware
Delaware
7
BASEBALL
Apr 22 - FINAL
James Madison
James Madison
6
Delaware
Delaware
0
BASEBALL
Apr 24 - 03:00 PM
Delaware
Delaware
Delaware State
Delaware State
BASEBALL
Apr 25 - 03:00 PM
Penn
Penn
Delaware
Delaware
BASEBALL
Apr 27 - 06:00 PM
Delaware
Delaware
College of Charleston
College of Charleston
BASEBALL
Apr 28 - 02:30 PM
Delaware
Delaware
College of Charleston
College of Charleston
BASEBALL
Apr 29 - 01:00 PM
Delaware
Delaware
College of Charleston
College of Charleston
BASEBALL
May 1 - 03:00 PM
Delaware
Delaware
Saint Joseph's
Saint Joseph's
BASEBALL
May 2 - 03:00 PM
UMBC
UMBC
Delaware
Delaware
BASEBALL
May 4 - 03:00 PM
Elon
Elon
Delaware
Delaware
BASEBALL
May 5 - 01:00 PM
Elon
Elon
Delaware
Delaware
BASEBALL
May 6 - 01:00 PM
Elon
Elon
Delaware
Delaware
BASEBALL
May 8 - 06:00 PM
Delaware
Delaware
UMBC
UMBC
BASEBALL
May 11 - 03:00 PM
Delaware
Delaware
William & Mary
William & Mary
BASEBALL
May 11 - 06:00 PM
Delaware
Delaware
William & Mary
William & Mary
BASEBALL
May 13 - 01:00 PM
Delaware
Delaware
William & Mary
William & Mary
BASEBALL
May 15 - 03:00 PM
La Salle
La Salle
Delaware
Delaware
BASEBALL
May 17 - 03:00 PM
Northeastern
Northeastern
Delaware
Delaware
BASEBALL
May 18 - 03:00 PM
Northeastern
Northeastern
Delaware
Delaware
BASEBALL
May 19 - 01:00 PM
Northeastern
Northeastern
Delaware
Delaware
BASEBALL
May 23 - TBA
Colonial Athletic Association
Colonial Athletic Association
Delaware
Delaware
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Baseball Coaching Staff
Troy O'Neal
Pitching Coach
Coach Info:
Position: Pitching Coach
Hometown: Wilmington, Del.
High School: A.I. duPont
Alma Mater: Delaware
Graduating Year: 1996
Major: Physical Education
Experience: 2 Years
Phone: 302-831-3097
Email: troyo@udel.edu

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Troy O’Neal begins his third season on the University of Delaware baseball coaching staff in 2017 after serving his first year as the volunteer assistant working with the pitchers and catchers. O'Neal was promoted to the full-time position of pitching coach for the Blue Hens in August 2016.

O'Neal helped guide one of the most successful pitching staffs' in program history in 2017, as the Blue Hens led the CAA in ERA (4.38) and fewest earned runs (244) allowed for the first time program history. Under the tutelage and guidance of O'Neal, former Blue Hens RHP Ron Marinaccio was drafted in the 19th round of the 2017 MLB Draft by the New York Yankees. 

O’Neal helped Marinaccio produce the top ERA in the CAA. It was the first time in program history that a pitcher led the conference in individual ERA (2.09). In addition to Marinaccio, O’Neal helped Burk FitzPatrick compile a conference-only ERA of 1.11. Marinaccio and FitzPatrick were the first two pitchers to occupy the top-two CAA ERA slots in program history. The Delaware native helped the Blue Hens finish with a top-100 ERA in the nation, and Marinaccio finished with a top-30 ERA in the nation. O’Neal helped the Blue Hens slash their overall ERA from 5.55 to 4.38 and their conference only from 6.76 to 4.09.   

“The Blue Hens will certainly capitalize on Troy’s extensive experience working with college and professional pitching staffs," said UD head coach Jim Sherman. "Troy is a consummate student of the game and understands the keys to developing young talent into players who not only excel at the college level but progress into the professional level. The Blue Hens baseball program has a long history of their players developing into outstanding pitchers and succeeding at the professional level, such as 2013 ninth-round draft pick Chad Kuhl, who made his major league debut in June of 2016 for the Pittsburgh Pirates. We know with Troy’s focus and dedication, we’ll see some more Blue Hens succeeding like Chad in the near future."

A native of Wilmington, Del., O’Neal was a standout catcher for the Blue Hens in 1992-95 under Hall of Fame head coach Bob Hannah and led UD to a four-year mark of 156-62 (.715), including a 63-25 (.716) in North Atlantic Conference action. He led teams to NAC titles in 1992, 1994, and 1995 and to NCAA Tournament appearances in 1992 and 1995. He was a co-captain - along with current UD associate head coach Dan Hammer - for the 1995 team that went 45-14 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

O’Neal, who earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Delaware in 1996, was a four-year standout who appeared in 151 games with 116 starts and batted .321 with 93 runs batted in, 30 doubles, and nine home runs. He also set a school record by being hit by pitch 33 times and had 10 game-winning hits over his final two seasons.

An outstanding defensive player, he had a .973 career fielding pct., with a pop time of 1.75 throwing out nearly 70 percent of runners during his career while helping the Blue Hen pitching staff lead the NCAA in team earned run average in 1994 and ranked No. 2 in 1995. He hit .348 overall as a junior and .304 as a senior when he earned All-North Atlantic Conference honors and was awarded the team’s Perry Burkett Triple Effort Award for Dedication and Inspiration.

He signed a free agent contract with the Milwaukee Brewers following the 1995 season and played four seasons in the minor leagues with the Brewers and the Arizona Diamondbacks organization, moving up as high as the AAA level and winning a minor league championship ring in the Pioneer League.

It’s been said that former catchers make the best coaches. Dave Duncan an 11-year big league catcher, former St. Louis Cardinals pitching coach, and currently a pitching consultant for the Arizona Diamondbacks, said "If you've caught for a long time, you've dealt with virtually every style of pitching there is. You haven't been limited to only what you did as a pitcher. You've had the exposure. That benefits you. You've dealt with a lot of different personalities because you've had to deal with pitchers' personalities. You understand the emotions of what a pitcher goes through. It helps you have a better communication with pitchers.”

A familiar name in the outstanding tradition of University of Delaware baseball and a former Blue Hens standout catcher, O'Neal was in charge of the Hens' pitching staff as the starting catcher for UD in his final two seasons. As team captain and the leader of the pitching staff, he helped lead the staff to the No. 1 earned run average in NCAA Division I at 2.52 in 1994 and followed that up the next year, lowering the team ERA to 2.44 and finishing No. 2 in
the NCAA.

Since leaving Delaware, those numbers have not since been approached. During his time handling the Blue Hen pitching staff, O'Neal helped produce some of the best single-season pitching performances in Delaware history.

The Blue Hens had five individual performances ranked in the top 20 earned run averages in the NCAA over a two-year period, including those put in by Jamie Wilson (75 innings pitched, 1.55 ERA, #5 in nation); Jeremy Benson (90 IP, 1.80 ERA, #14 in nation); Chris Dillon (56 IP, 2.06 ERA, #19 in nation); Curt Schnur (104 IP, 1.21 ERA, #2 in nation);  and Jamie Wilson (85 IP, 1.70 ERA, #10 in nation).

Working with and developing pitchers didn’t stop at the college level as Troy spent several years in professional baseball as a catcher in the Brewers and Diamondbacks organizations, finishing his career at the AAA Level.

Along the way he developed a reputation for getting the most out of his pitching staffs and helping several pitchers reach their dream of becoming big league pitchers. Jeff Suppan a 12- year veteran in the Big Leagues, a World Series champion, and an NLCS MVP was one of many pitchers O'Neal helped along the way, as he developed as many as 25 big
league pitchers on his trek through professional baseball.

“As a professional catcher, our time is spent catching, coaching, mentoring, strategizing and developing the pitchers we come in contact with throughout our career,” said O'Neal. “You will find catchers make the best coaches because they are uniquely qualified to coach all facets of the game, especially handling the most important aspect of the game, the pitching
staff.”

During the Blue Hens' 2016 season, O'Neal helped manage the pitch-calling duties while also managing the catchers. His experience helped solidify the young Blue Hen pitching staff throughout the season. With O’Neal’s mentoring, the 2016 season’s pitching results were highlighted by Freshman All-American Brandon Walter, who led the Hens with 89 innings pitched and a team-best 3.63 ERA. Walter was also named to the CAA All-Rookie team, was a third team All-CAA selection, and was selected as the team's Pitcher of the Year.

The Hens' pitching successes were also led by team captain and sophomore Ron Marinaccio, who logged 81 innings pitched and tied Walter for the team lead in wins with seven. Another young Blue Hen, sophomore Nick Spadafino, emerged during the season as a solid contributor, earning three starts and recording the team's first complete game shutout of the year.

O’Neal is excited to capitalize on the Blue Hens pitching progress in 2016, which showed strong improvement throughout the year.

O’Neal has served as director and owner of the Bullybats Baseball Academy since 2008 and has managed a staff of 12-24 high school coaches and instructors who have provided coaching instruction to over 5,000 aspiring local athletes, helping place several with college programs. He has personally worked with more than 1,000 players one on one, instructing in
hitting, pitching, and catching.

O’Neal graduated from Delaware with a degree in physical education and is currently pursuing a master's degree in psychology at UD. His career goals are to become a head coach at the NCAA Division I level and win a national championship.

He resides in Hockessin, Del. with his wife Monica, their son Logan, and daughters Chase and Bailey.

Updated 9/21/17

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