Delaware (17-15) vs. Lafayette (12-24)

📅  Tuesday, April 17

🕖 7:00 p.m.

📍 Citizens Bank Park – Philadelphia, Pa. 

⚾️- LHP Matt Hornich vs. LHP Mark Anderson

🏆- Liberty Bell Classic Finals

📊- Live Stats  

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THE WEEK THAT WAS: Delaware is coming off an impressive 3-1 week that featured a series victory over preseason CAA favorites UNCW. The Blue Hens started the week with a strong performance at Lehigh. In Delaware’s 15-7 win, freshman Joey Haass pitched five strong innings (one ER) to earn his first career victory. Other highlights included freshman Ben Werkheiser hitting his first career HR, and Kevin Mohollen reaching base in all six at-bats (3-3, 3 BB). The Hens rode the momentum from Wednesday’s big Liberty Bell Classic victory into the weekend series with UNCW, as Delaware won the first two games of the series, 5-3 and 5-1. Friday, junior Kyle Hinton threw six strong innings allowing just a pair of unearned runs. At the plate, junior Nick Patten delivered a critical two-run home run that served as the game-winner. Saturday, freshman Billy Sullivan IV tossed the best game of his young career striking out 16 batters in seven shutout innings. Senior Calvin Scott socked a two-run homer to put the game out of reach. In the ninth, James Meeker entered with bases loaded and nobody out to record his fifth save of the year. Delaware was denied the series sweep Sunday, falling 10-0 in the finale.

WELL REPRESENTED: Delaware was well represented on this week’s CAA honors as Kevin Mohollen (Co-Player of the Week) and Billy Sullivan IV (Pitcher of the week) were both honored. Mohollen hit .583 (7-12) last week with three doubles and six runs scored. The leadoff hitter reached base 14 times for the week, including in all six of his at-bats in Wednesday’s 15-7 Liberty Bell Classic victory over Lehigh. Mohollen finished the week with an on-base percentage of .737 due in large part to his six walks drawn. Honored for the third time this season, Sullivan earned his second CAA Pitcher of the Week honor of the season. The righty has pitched seven shutout innings in both of his CAA home starts and has allowed just two earned runs in 17.2 innings. The Delaware native has struck out 34 batters over that span, and has struck out at least eight batters in all three starts.

BEHIND ENEMY LINES: Lafayette enters tonight’s LBC Championship game with a record of 12-24 overall, having lost eight games in a row and 12 of 13. This past weekend the Leopards were swept by Patriot League foe Army. As a team, Lafayette is batting .232, while opponents are hitting .306. John Marti leads the Leopards with a .331 batting average, while Luke Robinson is second in average (.302) and leads LC in triples (5) and home runs (3). Tonight’s projected starter Mark Anderson has a record of 1-2 with an ERA of 7.96 over his 12 appearances (seven starts). Anderson has walked 28 batters over his 37.1 innings pitched, allowing 13 doubles and 39 runs. The lefty has struck out 37 batters.

LOOKING TO SNAP ANOTHER TITLE DROUGHT: Last May, Delaware made its first NCAA Regional since 2001. On Tuesday, the Blue Hens will play the Semifinals of the Liberty Bell Classic, looking for the programs first LBC Finals appearance since they last won the title in 2013. The Blue Hens have won the most LBC titles (8) in tournament history.

MIDWEEK MANIA: The Blue Hens are currently 4-0 in mid-week contests this season. The Hens went 4-4 a season ago in mid-week games. Delaware defeated Maryland 7-1 back on 3/8 and completed the series sweep with a 7-6 victory on 3/13. The Hens earned their third midweek victory of the season last Tuesday at La Salle. Delaware’s fourth midweek victory was last Wednesday against Lehigh.

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