Delaware (25-23, 9-9 CAA) at William & Mary (15-32, 3-15 CAA )

📅  Friday, May 11

🕖  3:00 p.m.

📍  Plumeri Park – Williamsburg, Va.

⚾️ RHP Kyle Hinton (5-5, 2.97 ERA) vs. LHP Bodie Sheehan (2-7, 3.84 ERA)

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📅 Friday, May 11

🕖 6:30 p.m.

📍 Plumeri Park – Williamsburg, Va.     

⚾️ RHP Billy Sullivan IV (5-2, 3.32 ERA) vs. RHP Wade Strain (2-3, 3.50 ERA)

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📅  Sunday, May 13

🕖   1:00 p.m.

📍 Plumeri Park – Williamsburg, Va.     

⚾️ RHP Chris Ludman (1-2, 3.98 ERA) vs. RHP Chris Farrell (3-3, 2.50 ERA)

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THE WEEK THAT HAS BEEN: Delaware enters the weekend with a record of 25-22 overall after Wednesday’s 8-6 setback at UMBC. In that game, four different Blue Hens recorded multiple hits, but six early UMBC runs off starter Joey Haass (2-1) were the difference. The loss drops Delaware to 0-5 in night games this season.

RED HOT: Junior Kyle Baker has an 11-game hitting entering this weekend’s action. The Delaware native has recorded multiple hits in five consecutive games for the Blue Hens. His average currently sits at .353 on the season and his 32 RBI leads the Blue Hens.

LET’S PLAY TWO: Delaware and William & Mary are scheduled to play at doubleheader on Friday before closing out the series Sunday afternoon. The doubleheader on Friday allows William & Mary to participate in Commencement which takes place on Saturday afternoon.  

MAKING HIS MARK: Freshman Billy Sullivan IV is just 10 strikeouts away from tying Brandon Walter’s freshman record for strikeouts (85). The St Mark’s product has struck out at least seven batters in seven of his 11 starts and has recorded double-digit K’s twice. The freshman earned CAA Rookie of the Week this week for his strong performance against Elon where he threw 6.2 innings of no-hit ball, striking out seven batters. Delaware is 8-3 in his 11 starts this season.

HOW WE STAND: Delaware (9-9) currently sits in sixth place in the CAA heading into the weekend slate. Spots three through six are separated by just two wins with two weekends remaining. Northeastern (14-4) continues to lead the CAA, followed by Charleston (14-7) and UNCW (11-7). Elon (10-8) and Hofstra (11-10) Hofstra occupy fourth and fifth while James Madison (6-12) and Towson (6-12) are tied for seventh. William & Mary (3-15) currently sits in ninth. The top two teams in the final CAA standings earn a first-round bye for the CAA Tournament, while the top six teams will earn a tournament berth.

VISITING THE TRIBE: William & Mary enter this weekend’s action with a record of 15-32 overall and 3-15 in the CAA. The Tribe has lost nine consecutive games overall and 10 consecutive CAA games. The Tribe last won a conference game on April 6, sweeping a doubleheader from Towson. At the plate, this season William & Mary are hitting .219 as a team, led by Zach Person who leads the tribe with a .264 average. Hunter Smith has hit a team-leading nine homers and driven the most runs (32) on the team. Pitcher Michael Toner has been the Tribe’s most effective arm, striking out 41 batters in 31.1 innings pitched. His 2.87 ERA is the lowest on the team, and he has walked just nine batters. Lefty Bodie Sheehan has made 12 starts for the Tribe pitching to an ERA of 3.84.

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