Delaware (18-16, 5-4 CAA) vs. James Madison (20-17, 5-7 CAA )

📅  Friday, April 20

🕖  3:00 p.m.

📍  Bob Hannah Stadium – Newark, Del.

⚾️ RHP Kyle Hinton (4-3, 2.70 ERA) vs. LHP Colton Harlow (3-3, 3.67 ERA)

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📅 Saturday, April 21

🕖 1:00 p.m.

📍 Bob Hannah Stadium – Newark, Del.    

⚾️ RHP Billy Sullivan IV (4-1, 1.99 ERA) vs. RHP Kevin Kelly (2-3, 3.27 ERA)

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📅  Sunday, April 1

🕖   1:00 p.m.

⚾️ TBA vs. RHP Nick Stewart (2-3, 3.16 ERA)

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THE WEEK THAT HAS BEEN: Delaware enters the weekend with a 1-1 record this week. Delaware began the week with the Liberty Bell Classic Championship game Tuesday afternoon against Lafayette, falling 9-4. The Blue Hens struck first in that game, as Nick Patten drove home Erik Bowren with a sac-fly. Calvin Scott made it 2-0 in the 4th, but nine runs over the final four innings of play pushed the Leopards to the victory. Senior Matt Hornich pitched well for Delaware, allowing just three runs over 5.1 innings of work. UD bounced back Wednesday, defeating Saint Joseph’s 8-5 Wednesday. The Blue Hens recorded a season-high 16 hits, as every single starter reached base and six different Blue Hens drove in multiple runs. Freshman Jordan Hutchins went 3-5 with three two-out RBI, while classmate Joey Haass pitched four strong innings (one unearned run) to earn his second career victory.

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.

HOME COOKIN’: The Blue Hens are currently 12-6 at Bob Hannah Stadium this season, and are hitting .271 at home this season. Four different Blue Hens (Mohollen, Bowren, Miller and Scott) are hitting better than .300 at home this season. On the mound, Kyle Hinton and Sullivan IV are a combined 7-0 this season at Bob Hannah Stadium having allowed just eight earned runs combined in 52.2 innings of work. The righty duo has struck out 69 batters over that span.

RIDING THE “MO” MENTUM: Centerfielder Kevin Mohollen has been an on-base machine this season at Bob Hannah Stadium. The leadoff man has walked (22) two more times this season than he has struck out (20). His on-base percentage sits at .443 this season and he has scored 30 runs in 34 games this season. The Pennsylvania native is hitting .386 in 18 home game having scored 20 runs over that span. Mohollen has walked 16 times, been hit by seven pitches and has struck out just five times in 57 at-bats. The righty’s on-base percentage is .563.

HOW WE STANDDelaware (5-4) currently sits in a tie for fourth place in the conference, just 1.5 games behind third-place Elon. The College of Charleston leads the CAA with a mark of 9-3, followed by Northeastern (6-3) and the Phoenix (7-5). Towson (4-5), James Madison (5-7), Hofstra (4-8) and William & Mary (3-9) round out the standings. Six team advance to next month’s CAA Tournament (May 23-26) at James Madison.  

WHO LET THE DOGS OUT: The Dukes enter this weekend’s series with a bit of momentum having won five of their last six contests. Last weekend the Dukes swept in-state rivals, William & Mary. The Dukes currently have the fifth best average (.258) in the CAA and the fourth best ERA (3.55) in the conference. At the plate, Josh Jones and Fox Semones have been JMU’s best hitters. Jones is hitting .326 for the season having recorded the most hits (42) and stolen bases (8) on the JMU Roster. Semones leads the Dukes in home runs (7) and RBI (26) and has 25 runs. On the mound, Matt Colon (1.65, 16.1 IP) and Matt Marsili (2.04 ERA, 17.2 IP) have formed a solid 1-2 punch for JMU.

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