Blue Hens Open Final Four-Game Homestand Tuesday vs. La Salle
Photo by Mark Campbell

Delaware (28-23) vs. La Salle (14-37) 

📅  Tuesday, May 15

🕖 3:00 p.m.

📍 Bob Hannah Stadium --- Newark, Del.

⚾️- RHP Cole Benjamin (0-2, 4.03 ERA) vs. RHP Colin Kennedy (1-7, 8.55 ERA)

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THE WEEK THAT WAS: Delaware completed the week with a 3-1 record, after sweeping William & Mary. The Blue Hens opened the week with an 8-6 setback at UMBC, before rebounding for three victories (6-0, 6-5, 6-4) at William & Mary. On Friday, junior Kyle Hinton tossed his first career complete game shutout, allowing just two hits. The Delaware native struck out 13 batters. In the nightcap of Friday’s doubleheader freshman, Billy Sullivan IV went five innings striking out seven batters to earn his sixth win of the season. Sullivan IV brought his season strikeout total to 82, which is three away from tying Brandon Walter for the all-time freshman mark. Senior James Meeker pitched three scoreless innings striking out seven, while Colman Vila stranded the tying run on third base in the ninth. The victory clinched a postseason berth for the sixth time in seven years. On Sunday, Delaware defeated William & Mary 6-4 in 10 innings to secure the sweep. Freshman Chris Ludman pitched six one-run innings, striking out 11 Tribe batters. The righty left the game leading 2-1, but three eighth-inning runs allowed William & Mary to take a 4-2 lead. After Delaware tied it in the ninth, Jordan Hutchins (double) and Ben Werkheiser (single) put the Blue Hens ahead 6-4. Senior Matt Hornich (W) and Clay Conaway (SV) combined to throw a scoreless 10th inning to give the Blue Hens the victory.  

WEEKLY AWARDS: The Blue Hens earned a pair of awards this week as Hinton was named CAA Co-Pitcher of the week and Ludman was named CAA Rookie of the Week. Hinton is coming off the strongest start of his career, throwing a complete game two-hit shutout. The Delaware native struck out a career-best 13 batters, including nine of the final 13 batters he faced. On Sunday, Ludman also had a career day, allowing just a solo home run and three hits over six innings. The St Mark’s product struck out 11 batters. It was Hinton’s and Ludman’s first CAA weekly awards of the season.

FRIENDLY FACE TURNED FOE: La Salle assistant coach Andrew Amaro served as Delaware’s volunteer assistant coach last season. Amaro was hired last summer,and serves as La Salle’s top assistant coach and co-recruiting coordinator.  

SEE YOU IN HARRISONBURG: Delaware has clinched a spot in next week’s CAA Tournament (May 23-26) at James Madison. The Blue Hens currently sit in fifth place in the CAA standings, with the potential to finish anywhere from second to sixth in the final standings. The top two teams following this weekend will earn a bye in the first round of the tournament. The tournament begins with the 4/5 matchup Wednesday at 11 a.m., followed by the 3/6 matchup at 3:00 p.m. The two winners of the opening round advance to Thursday’s second round, with the two losers playing an elimination game Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m.

BEHIND ENEMY LINESLa Salle enters Tuesday’s midweek contest with a record of 14-37. The Explorers have lost 12 consecutive games and are 8-27 on the road this season. First baseman Ben Faso has been the best hitter in the La Salle lineup, leading the team in average (.335), hits (69), doubles (16), RBI (34) and stolen bases (7). Shortstop Austin Constantini leads the squad in runs scored (29) and on-base percentage (.390).

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