Delaware (23-21, 7-8 CAA) vs. Elon (27-18, 9-6 CAA )

📅  Friday, May 4

🕖  3:00 p.m.

📍  Bob Hannah Stadium – Newark, Del.

⚾️ RHP Kyle Hinton (5-4, 2.91 ERA) vs. RHP Kyle Brnovich (5-2, 1.94 ERA)

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📅 Saturday, May 5

🕖 1:00 p.m.

📍 Bob Hannah Stadium – Newark, Del.    

⚾️ RHP Billy Sullivan IV (4-2, 3.58 ERA) vs. RHP George Kirby (8-1, 2.19 ERA)

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📅  Sunday, May 6

🕖   1:00 p.m.

⚾️ RHP Chris Ludman (1-2, 3.71 ERA) vs. RHP Ryan Conroy (3-3, 2.50 ERA)

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THE WEEK THAT HAS BEEN: Delaware enters the weekend with a 1-1 record this week. Delaware defeated Saint Joseph’s 10-2 on Tuesday, before dropping an 8-7 game to UMBC Wednesday. On Tuesday, RHP Nick Spadafino pitched five strong innings allowing just three hits and one run, earning his first victory of the season. Designated hitter Tyler Callender went 4-4 with four RBI and a pair of doubles, and Calvin Scott went 3-4 with three runs scored. Wednesday, Delaware fell to UMBC 8-7. In that game, Delaware received two scoreless innings of relief from Clay Conaway, and scoreless relief from Cole Benjamin (1.0 IP) and Colman Vila (1.1 IP). Vila lowered his ERA to a sparkling 1.04 for the season. Delaware committed four errors \that contributed to four unearned runs for UMBC. The loss was Delaware’s first this season when leading after seven (17-0 entering the game). Junior Kyle Baker went 2-5 driving in his 30th and 31st runs of the season.

HOME COOKIN’: The Blue Hens are currently 15-8 at Bob Hannah Stadium this season and are hitting .271 at home this season. Three different Blue Hens (Mohollen, Bowren, and Scott) are hitting better than .300 at home this season. On the mound, Kyle Hinton and Sullivan IV are a combined 8-0 this season at Bob Hannah Stadium having allowed just 13 earned runs combined in 65.0 innings of work. The righty duo have struck out 85 batters over that span.

RIDING THE “MO” MENTUM: Centerfielder Kevin Mohollen has been an on-base machine this season at Bob Hannah Stadium. The lead-off hitter is hitting .351 this season at home and has walked (18) twice as many times as he has struck out (9). The junior’s on-base percentage sits at .510 over that span, and he has recorded 11 of his 13 extra-base hits in Newark. The OF has scored 23 runs and driven in 11 at home.

HOW WE STAND: Delaware (7-8) currently sits in sixth place in the CAA heading into the weekend slate. With a series sweep of the Phoenix, the Blue Hens can past Elon (9-6) in the standings. Northeastern (12-3) continues to lead the CAA standings followed by Charleston (12-6), Elon, Hofstra (10-8) and UNCW (8-7). James Madison (6-9), Towson (5-10) and William & Mary (3-15) round out the CAA standings. Delaware currently holds the tiebreaker with UNCW, James Madison and Towson by winning the season series. The top six teams in the CAA standings will advance to the CAA Tournament (May 23-26) at James Madison.  

RISING PHOENIX: Elon enters the weekend with a record of 27-18, having won four out of five CAA series. The Phoenix feature one of the CAA’s strongest rotations led by Golden Spikes Midseason watch list nominee Kyle Brnovich, who has struck out an NCAA best 114 batters over his 74.1 innings of work. The righty enters the weekend with a 5-2 mark and has struck out double digit batters in seven of his 11 starts. The Georgia native has struck out 217 batters in 164.1 career innings of work. Elon’s weekend rotation (Brnovich, Kirby and Conroy) have combined to strike out 243 batters in 202 innings. At the plate, Ryan Ogren (Midseason Golden Spikes Award watch list) leads the Phoenix in average (.339), hits (57), doubles (13) and RBI (41). Zach Evers has been a threat on the base path’s all season long, stealing a team-best 14 bags in 20 attempts.

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