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NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware baseball team will kick of the 2017 home schedule this weekend when the Blue Hens welcome Rider and Delaware State for the Bob Hannah Invitational.

The three-team tournament will start Sunday morning when Rider faces off with Delaware State at 11 a.m. Game two (2:30 p.m.) will feature host Delaware facing off with Rider.

On Monday, the Blue Hens will take on Rider at 11 a.m. with Delaware State and Delaware squaring off at 2:30 p.m.

The schedule was altered due to inclement weather that worked its way into the Newark area. Originally, the Blue Hens were slated to face Delaware State and Rider twice, but will now play Delaware State only once.

Last weekend UD completed a 2-1 weekend at the Old Dominion Tournament. After dropping a tough 2-1 contest against host ODU, the Blue Hens rebounded to defeat Saint Joseph’s (10-8) and Kentucky (4-3). The wins improved Delaware to 2-5 on the season.

In the win over the Hawks, Delaware rallied from 5-0 down in the sixth to post the 10-8 victory. The Blue Hens produced two runs in the sixth and ninth innings, and three runs in the seventh and eighth.

In Sunday’s victory over Kentucky, Delaware posted four runs in their final turn at bat to defeat the SEC members 4-3. After scoring 35 runs on 36 hits in the first two games of the tournament, Delaware limited Kentucky to just three runs and nine hits.

Offensively, the Blue Hens received strong performances from seniors Jordan Glover and Doug Trimble. Trimble produced an inside-the-park home run and an RBI double for the weekend while Glover had a bases-clearing double and a sacrifice fly on Sunday.

On the mound, the Hens received clutch performances from James Meeker and closer Ron Marinaccio. Meeker produced two innings of scoring relief, earning the save on Saturday and the win on Sunday.

Marinaccio produced two and two-thirds scoreless innings in two appearances, striking out five. On Sunday, the junior produced a perfect 12-pitch inning, recording the save and a pair of strikeouts.

Scouting the Foes:
This weekend Delaware will face off with Rider (1-4) twice, and will play a game against Delaware State (2-5). The Broncs earned their first victory of the season this past Tuesday when they defeated Lafayette. Rider received a strong start from John Yocum (4.2 shutout innings), and four other relief pitchers. The game was called after eight innings due to darkness.

Delaware State comes into the weekend after dropping five out their last six games. Last weekend the Hornets got seven one hit innings from freshman Garrett Lawson to snap a five game losing streak. Offensively DSU has received strong performances from Darnell Maisonet and Ciaran Devenney.

All-Time Series:
Delaware is 64-25 all-time against Rider, while the Blue Hens lead the all-time series vs. Delaware State, 43-10.

Probable Starters:
Game One (vs. Rider)-
LHP Brandon Walter (0-2, 4.35 ERA) vs. LHP Nick Margevicius (1-1, 1.29 ERA)
Game Two (vs. Rider)- RHP Nick Spadafino (0-0, 7.88 ERA) vs. RHP Harrison McClure (0-1, 30.86 ERA)
Game Three (vs. Delaware State)- LHP Kevin Milley (0-0, 1.98 ERA) vs. LHP Garrett Lawson (1-1, 1.32)

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