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Senior Jordan Glover went 3-4 with two extra base hits in Delaware's 6-1 victory over Charleston Friday (File Photo)
Courtesy: Mark Campbell

Glover, Spadafino and FitzPatrick Lead Blue Hens to Sixth Consecutive Win

Courtesy: Delaware Athletics
Release: 05/19/2017
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NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware baseball squad continued to roll Friday afternoon, winning its sixth straight game overall and its 12 straight at home, with a 6-1 Colonial Athletic Association victory over the College of Charleston at Bob Hannah Stadium.  

The victory clinched the series for the Blue Hens, who defeated Charleston 17-4 Thursday afternoon. The two teams will wrap up the series Saturday at 1 pm in the final regular season game for both teams.

Northeastern and UNCW enter the final game of the regular season Saturday tied for the league lead with records of 15-7 with Delaware just one-half game back at 15-8. A win by Delaware Saturday and losses by Northeastern to James Madison and two losses by UNCW to Towson would give the Hens the regular season title. The top two teams in the standings earn first round byes in the upcoming CAA Tournament.

The Blue Hens (30-20, 15-8 CAA) and Cougars (25-29, 12-11 CAA) endured a nearly three-hour lightning delay before concluding Friday's contest. The game was suspended at 3:30 p.m. in the second inning and resumed at 5:50 p.m.

Senior outfielder Jordan Glover went 3 for 4 at the plate with a home run and a double, scored twice, and drove in a pair of runs to spark the offense.

For the fourth consecutive game, the Blue Hens received stellar pitching as starter Nick Spadafino, who allowed one earned run in five innings, and closer Burk FitzPatrick, who allowed just two hits and struck out six in four innings of work, combined to limit the potent Charleston offense to just one run.  The dominant pitching performance lowered Delaware's team ERA to 4.32 for the season, best in the CAA.

“We have worked extremely hard this season and now it comes down to one last game,” Delaware head coach Jim Sherman said. “If we play well enough tomorrow and get a win, its possible we may get some help from some other teams. Hopefully we take care of our business and get some help tomorrow.”

The Blue Hens struck first when Glover homered in the third inning, his 10th of the season, to give UD a 2-0 lead.

Charleston struck for a run in the fourth, when Danny Wondrack hit a solo home run.

Delaware extended its lead to 4-1 in the sixth when Diaz Nardo doubled home Nick Patten and Jeremy Ake. Patten, who went 5 for 5, hit for the cycle, and drove in seven runs in Thursday's win, also scored a run and added an RBI Friday to give him seven hits over the last two games.

UD added two more runs in the seventh inning when Calvin Scott singled home Glover and Patten doubled home Scott. The single extended Scott's hitting streak to 20 games.

FitzPatrick, who entered the game in the sixth inning, recorded a scoreless sixth and perfect seventh inning. He struck out a pair of batters in the eight before again striking out a pair in the ninth.

The final strikeout of outfielder Joey Mundy secured the victory for the Hens, and was Delaware's sixth victory in a row. The Hens' have won 12 straight at Bob Hannah Stadium.


Delaware, which has won 15 of its last 16 home games, will honor eight graduating seniors before the game Saturday. One of those seniors, Kevin Milley will take the ball for Delaware. Charleston is projected to start Jakob Frishmuth.

“This class of seniors have been remarkable,” Sherman added. “Those eight guys are many of the reasons why we're playing so well. All of those guys are contributing every day and doing some special things. We really want to get this game tomorrow and go into the CAA Tournament roaring. Our seniors have done such an unbelievable job of setting the tone for us this season and instilling pride in protecting our home field. We want to close out strong tomorrow and show we're one of the top home teams in the country.”

Hen Scratching's:

• Delaware improves to 11-1 when holding its opponents to fewer than two runs
• The Blue Hens improve to 15-3 when scoring in the first inning, and to 21-6 when scoring first.
• UD is 23-6 when it out hits its opponent.
• The Blue Hens improved to 22-3 at home this season. The Hens' .884 winning percentage at home is the fourth best mark in the country. Only #1 Oregon State (20-1), #2 Louisville (29-3) and Bryant (16-1) have higher winning percentages.
• Glover is batting .541 (20-37) over his nine-game hitting streak. The outfielder has recorded multiple hits in seven straight games and has recorded three hits in three straight games. He is batting .692 (9-13) over that stretch.

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

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