WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- The University of Delaware baseball team swept a doubleheader from William & Mary Friday at Plumeri Park as Delaware picked up a 6-0 game one victory before taking the nightcap 6-5. 

The victories coupled with losses by James Madison and Towson earned Delaware (27-23, 11-9 CAA) its sixth CAA Tournament spot in the last seven years. 

In game one of the doubleheader, as junior Kyle Hinton threw a complete game two-hit shutout, while Billy Sullivan IV threw five strong innings in game two. 

Hinton (6-5) struck out 13 William & Mary batters, throwing Delaware’s first complete game shutout since Ron Marinaccio went the distance firing a two-hit shutout against College of Charleston at the CAA Tournament (May 24) last season.

The Blue Hens struck first in the opener, as Kevin Mohollen and Kyle Baker opened the game with back-to-back singles. A Nick Patten sac-fly scored Mohollen for the first run of the afternoon.

After a scoreless first from Hinton, Delaware took a 2-0 lead on a Zack Miller solo homer. The Blue Hens made it 4-0 in the third on back-to-back RBI doubles from Tyler Callender and Calvin Scott. An RBI groundout from Baker made it 5-0 Delaware, giving Hinton all of the run support he needed.

In the bottom of the fifth, William & Mary (15-33, 3-16 CAA) recorded its first hit of the game, but a strikeout looking stranded a runner in scoring position.

The Delaware righty retired 12 of the final 13 batters, striking out nine of those batters. The victory was Hinton’s first since Apr. 20 against James Madison.

At the plate, Tyler Callender contributed three hits and an RBI while Baker and Mohollen each recorded multiple hits. 

The Blue Hens completed the doubleheader sweep in game two as Sullivan IV (6-2) and senior James Meeker turned in strong performances on the mound. After taking care of the first five and striking out seven batters, Meeker pitched the next three innings striking out seven William & Mary batters. 

Delaware again struck first in the nightcap, as Mohollen lifted a solo home run in the first to give the Blue Hens a 1-0 lead. After a scoreless frame from Sullivan, freshman Jordan Hutchins walked and stole second with two out. With a runner in scoring position, Erik Bowren roped a single down the line to bring home Hutchins to extend Delaware's lead to 2-0.

The game remained 2-0 Delaware until the fourth when Hutchins singled home Scott to add a run. In the bottom of the fourth, Sullivan IV ran into a bit of trouble, as William & Mary cut the Delaware lead to 3-2 recording their first hit of the game. The UD lead was quickly increased in the fifth when Delaware added an unearned run. 

Delaware and William & Mary traded scoreless frame until the seventh inning when Delaware increased its lead to 6-2 on a two-run homer by Callender. The Blue Hens kept the 6-2 advantage until the ninth when Colman Vila ran into a bit of trouble. After a pair of lead-off walks, the lefty recorded the first out on a strikeout. Vila got ahead in the count 1-2 on the next batter before eventually losing him to a walk. Representing the tying run, William & Mary second baseman Matt McDermott drove a three-run triple into left center. 

With the tying run at third, Vila recovered nicely, striking out the next two batters to secure the victory.

In the second game, Hutchins went 3-4 with an RBI, while Mohollen scored twice. 

Delaware and William & Mary close out the weekend set Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. Freshman Chris Ludman is set to take the ball for Delaware.

 Head coach Jim Sherman
"I think sometimes pressure can be good for a team and I think you saw that today. We came out really focused at the plate and on the mound early today. Sometimes when your feet are held to the fire guys come through.  I saw a lot of good pitching today throughout the entire 18 innings of baseball except for the little slipup in the ninth. The umpire's zone was a little bit tight and Vila walked some batters that allowed them to creep back into it. Vila then composed himself and was lights out the final two batters. Sullivan was a little bit under the weather as he's battling a dental issue, and we didn't want to really push him after five strong innings. I thought tonight was huge for Meeker who hit a bit of a rough patch there for a short time. The ball wasn't coming off his fingers really well, but I thought last outing at UMBC he found it. Tonight he was outstanding. His performance gave us a big boost tonight, but will also be important as we come down the stretch. Having him and Vila coming down the stretch of games is huge for our club.  In the first game, I thought Hinton was outstanding and we got some big performances at the plate. Now that we've clinched these last four games really come down to seeding and seeing where we finish. It looks like Northeastern and College of Charleston are locked into those top two spots as of right now, but we want to play well here over the final four CAA games and see what could happen."

Kyle Hinton: 
"Today my approach was similar to every other week. I was trying to fill up the zone and force the guys to put the ball in play because I have a good defense behind me. I had two outings where I struggled with my control so I made a couple of minor adjustments in my bullpen session this week. I thought [pitching] coach Troy [O'Neal] called a great game for me, so it ended up working out in the end. I've been working hard. The nice thing for me is I have the advantage of knowing I have Billy pitching behind me in game two. When you're throwing in game one there's not much pressure. With the way that our guys are swinging the bats, I'm just trying to give us a chance to win the game. It's huge for us to clinch the playoffs, but we're not satisfied. We want to win the rest of the games this season and enter the tournament with momentum. We learned last year that if you get in anything can happen."  

HEN SCRATCHINGS: 
• With four CAA games remaining Delaware currently occupies fifth place in the conference.  
• UD out-hit William & Mary 24-5 today and recorded 30 strikeouts. 
• The Hens recorded multiple strikeouts in 11 of the 18 innings today. 
• Delaware improves to 1-5 this season in night games.
• The Blue Hens have swept all three doubleheaders they have played. 
• Hinton struck out multiple batters in five innings today. 
• After extending his hitting streak to 12 games, Baker took an 0-5 in the nightcap.
• Miller caught all 18 innings Friday despite the high temperatures. 
• Sullivan IV brought his season strikeout total to 82. He needs just three more punchouts to match the freshman program record (85).
• Mohollen scored three times today and now has scored 43 runs this season. He needs just 55 runs to become the fourth player in school history to score 200 career runs. 
• Villa struck out the side despite allowing three earned runs. He now has 51 strikeouts in 40 innings. 
• The three earned runs snapped a 20 inning scoreless streak and raised his ERA to 1.58.