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Delaware will honor eight seniors before Saturday's regular season finale against College of Charleston. (File Photo)
Courtesy: Delaware Athletics

Blue Hens Look for CAA Title in Final Series vs. Charleston

Courtesy: Delaware Athletics
Release: 05/17/2017
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NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware baseball squad enters the final weekend of the regular season with a chance to win the Colonial Athletic Association regular season title. 

The Blue Hens (28-20, 13-8 CAA) need to sweep the College of Charleston (25-27, 12-9 CAA), have UNCW lose twice and have Northeastern lose once to James Madison.

The series gets underway tomorrow afternoon at 3 PM, with game two following Friday afternoon at 3 PM. The series concludes Saturday at 1 PM, when the Blue Hens recognize eight graduates- RHP Ron Marinaccio (R-Jr.), LHP Kevin Milley (Sr.), RHP Burk FitzPatrick (R-Sr.), INF/C Nick Tierno (Sr.), INF Jeremy Ake (Sr.), DH Doug Trimble (Sr.), C Brian Mayer (Grad) and OF Jordan Glover (R-Sr.) 

Week In Review

UD swept CAA foe Towson last weekend. The Blue Hens defeated the Tigers 7-5 and 11-1 Friday. On Sunday, Delaware defeated Towson 8-0 to complete the sweep. Delaware has won 10 home games in a row, and 14 out of 15 at home.

On Friday, the Blue Hens received six strong innings from starter Nick Spadafino, who allowed just a pair of hits and one earned run. Spadafino earned his team-leading fifth win in the process. In the opener, Calvin Scott went 3-4, while Glover made his return to the lineup, producing a pair of hits. Glover missed nine games with a broken left hand.

In the nightcap, Marinaccio pitched seven brilliant innings allowing just a solo home run in the fourth. Marinaccio struck out seven batters. Ake produced three hits, including a three-run home run. Ake had six RBI in the second game, while Tierno returned from a shoulder injury.

Sunday, Milley and James Meeker combined throw a four-hit shutout. Milley pitched the first five innings to earn his fourth win, while Meeker struck out six, over the final four innings. Meeker earned his second save of the season.

First baseman Nick Patten hit his 11th home run of the season Sunday, while Trimble hit his sixth.

For the weekend, Delaware outscored Towson 26-6, while Ake batted .545 (6-11) with three doubles, a home run, four runs scored and seven RBI this weekend. The performance earned the NJ native CAA Player of the Week.

Scouting the Foes:

College of Charleston comes into the weekend in fourth place in the CAA. The Cougars head into the weekend having dropped two-of-three to Arizona last weekend. Last Friday, CoC defeated Arizona 3-1, as redshirt junior Bailey Ober pitched a complete-game two hit one-run gem. Ober struck out 13 batters and faced just two above the minimum. The tall righty earned CAA Pitcher of the Week for his effort.

The performance also earned Ober his sixth win of the season, compared to just one loss.

Offensively, Tommy Richter and Logan McRae have been the Cougars best two hitters. Richter is batting .356, while McRae has produced a .333 average, hitting 14 homers and driving in 57 runs. McRae has also scored a team-leading 43 runs.

CoC will be one of the six teams that will compete in next week's CAA Tournament, in Wilmington, N.C.

All-Time Series:

College of Charleston leads the all-time series 10-2. Charleston swept Delaware in the three-games the two played a season ago.

Pitching Matchups:

Thursday (3 PM): Delaware RHP Ron Marinaccio (2-2, 2.23 ERA) VS. RHP Bailey Ober (6-1, 4.15 ERA)

Friday (3 PM): Delaware RHP Nick Spadafino (5-3, 5.02 ERA) vs. LHP Evan Sisk (5-1, 3.37 ERA)

Saturday (1 PM): Delaware LHP Kevin Milley (4-3, 4.61 ERA) vs. RHP Jakob Frishmuth (3-5, 5.90 ERA)

 

MEDIA INFORMATION: Contact: Andrew Stern | Anwstern@udel.edu | Office: 302-831-6519 | Cell: 914-589-9666

 

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