CHARLESTON, SC -- The University of Delaware behind five electric innings from freshman Billy Sullivan IV defeated Charleston Southern 1-0 Sunday afternoon.

In the series-clinching victory, the Blue Hens received a second-inning solo home run from senior captain Diaz Nardo for the only run the Hens would need. On the mound, three Delaware (2-1) pitchers limited Charleston Southern (1-2) to just four hits, striking out 13 batters.

Sullivan, a graduate of nearby St. Mark’s pitched the first five innings for UD, allowing just three hits and striking out nine. The sixth and seventh innings belonged to redshirt junior Clay Conaway who also made his debut for the Hens Sunday, throwing a pair of scoreless innings. Senior Colman Villa pitched the final two innings for the Blue Hens, earning his sixth career save.

In the victory, Kyle Baker continued his torrid start to the season, reaching base twice.

Delaware returns to action next weekend (Feb. 22-24) at Florida Atlantic University. First pitch from FAU is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Friday.

Head coach Jim Sherman
"Today was a great first career start for Billy Sullivan. He had an electric fastball that was sitting in the mid-90s, and was able to mix in some great curveballs to strikeout batters. We got another pair of great outings from Conaway and Vila out of the bullpen which was great to see. Offensively we really just got the Nardo home run, but our pitching allowed it to hold up. This was a good weekend for our ballclub, taking the series from a good Charleston Southern team. I'm proud of the guys." 

 Today was Delaware's first 1-0 victory since Apr. 14, 2014, when the Hens defeated Northeastern 1-0 (12). 
• The Delaware bullpen pitched 14.1 innings this weekend and allowed just one run (0.63 ERA). 
• Delaware started a freshman on the mound and behind the dish for the first time since Feb. 27, 2016. In that game, current Blue Hens LHP Brandon Walter (Fr.) and C Tyler Callender (R-Fr.) were the batterymates. 
• For the weekend Delaware stole 10 bases in 12 attempts (.833). The Hens converted at least three attempts in all three games. 
• Delaware has now won back-to-back opening series. The Blue Hens took two-of-three from Stetson (Feb. 19-21) back in 2016.
• The Hens have not lost an opening series since 2012 when Delaware was swept at Houston (Feb. 18-19).  
• Freshman Zach Miller made his first career start this afternoon. Miller pinch-hit in yesterday's 6-2 victory over CSU. 
• Baker batted .583 (7-12) this weekend. The junior stole four bases (at least one in each game), scored three times and drove in three runs. 
• Nardo drove in the game-winning run in both of Delaware's victories this weekend
• Conaway made his first appearance in a game since Apr. 14, 2015, a span of 1,040 days. 

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