Blue Hens Close Five Game Home Stand Tuesday Afternoon Versus Saint Joseph’s
NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware baseball program will close out a five-game home stand Tuesday afternoon against Saint Joseph’s.
So far this home stand the Blue Hens (20-14, 7-5 CAA) are a perfect 4-0 and have averaged almost 12 runs per game. The Hens’ have won six home games in a row, and 10 of 11 at home. Those two streaks have propelled Delaware to a 16-3 mark at home this year.
On Monday senior Brian Mayer was named Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week due in large part to his performance this past weekend against Hofstra. Mayer batted .533 (8-15) for the week with four home runs, two doubles, six runs scored and 13 RBI. The catcher has hit two homers in back-to-back games.
Week In Review:
Delaware defeated Penn on Wednesday 10-9, before sweeping Hofstra this past weekend. On Wednesday, outfielder Calvin Scott produced a 3-5 day with two RBI, and reliever Cole Benjamin produced 1.1 innings of scoreless relief.
This past weekend, Delaware defeated Hofstra 8-4, 17-7 and 11-4. On Friday the Hens received four hits from shortstop Jeremy Ake who also drove in a pair of runs. Reliever Nick Spadafino pitched five innings earning the win. The Hens received a pair of scoreless innings from Colman Vila and Ron Marinaccio.
On Saturday, the Hens bats exploded for 17 runs. In the win, 28 Blue Hens batters reached base. Reliever James Meeker went 4.0 innings to earn his then team-best fourth win. In the victory, Mayer hit a pair of home runs and drove in six run.
Sunday the Hens’ received another solid outing from ace Brandon Walter. Walter pitched five-innings, earning his fourth win. Delaware hit five total home runs in the victory including another pair from Mayer.
Scouting the Foes:
Saint Joseph’s comes into the game with a record of 12-20. The Hawks started the season 0-10. One of the 10 losses was to Delaware back on Feb. 25th, when the two teams met at the Old Dominion Tournament. In that game the Hens fell behind early, but rallied. Jordan Glover contributed a bases-clearing three-run and Doug Trimble hit an inside-the-park home run.
This past weekend, the Hawks dropped three road games to Atlantic-10 foe Fordham. SJU dropped the opener 4-3, before falling in the middle game of the set 5-0. Sunday the Hawks dropped a 2-1 decision.
On the year, Matt Maul and Dominic Cuoci pace Saint Joseph’s. Maul leads the team in average (.354) and hits (35), while Cuoci (Tuesday’s starter) has hit a team best eight home runs.
Delaware leads the all-time series, 48-25 including the matchup this season.
Delaware RHP Ron Marinaccio (0-1, 3.66 ERA, 19.2 IP) vs. Dom Cuoci (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 4 IP).
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