No. 5 Seed Delaware (29-24, 12-11 CAA) vs. No. 4 Seed UNCW (33-20, 14-9 CAA)

📅  Wednesday, May 23, 2018

🕖  11 a.m.

📍  Veterans Memorial Park – Harrisonburg, Va.

⚾️ RHP Kyle Hinton (6-6, 2.83 ERA) vs. RHP Gage Herring (2-1, 2.76 ERA)

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HEN SCRATCHINGS:

• Early Wakeup Call: For the second consecutive season the Blue Hens will open the CAA Tournament at 11 a.m. Last season Delaware earned the fourth overall seed and defeated College of Charleston 9-0. The 11 a.m. start is Delaware’s second 11 a.m. game of the season. The Blue Hens played an 11 a.m. game at Michigan (Mar. 31).

• Not Sullying around: Freshman Billy Sullivan IV has turned in a stellar first campaign for the Blue and Gold, that earned him CAA Co-Rookie of the Year honors. The righty joins former infielder Alex Buchholz (2006) as the only two Blue Hens who have won CAA Rookie of the Year. Sullivan IV is just the fourth Delaware player to win a Conference Rookie of the Year award joining Brian Wallace (1991, North Atlantic Conference), Kevin Mench (1997, America East) and the aforementioned Buchholz. His 84 strikeouts in the regular season were the third most in the nation among freshman

• Super Six: The Blue Hens placed six players on an All-CAA team. Junior outfielder Kyle Baker earned the Blue Hens lone first team selection, while first baseman Nick Patten, outfielder Kevin Mohollen, outfielder Calvin Scott and starter Billy Sullivan IV each received all CAA honors. Sullivan IV was joined the All-Rookie team by infielder Jordan Hutchins.

• Hinton on the Hill: Delaware junior Kyle Hinton has rebounded nicely this season, transitioning from a bullpen role to a weekend starter. Hinton has lowered his ERA from 6.60 a season ago to 2.83. The junior pitched nine and two thirds against UNCW last season including the final seven innings of Delaware’s 10-3 CAA title game victory. The Delaware native has allowed just two earned runs of his last 15.2 innings against UNCW.

• A Whole Lot of K: The Blue Hens recorded 440 team strikeouts in the regular season, which was the fourth most in the CAA. Sullivan IV and Hinton each finished with 84 strikeouts which was the fourth most in the conference. Hinton and Sullivan IV were one of two duos to finish in the top-five of the CAA leaderboard.