NEWARK, Del. – The University of Delaware softball team play eight games during its 2013 fall exhibition schedule, fourth-year Blue Hen head coach Jaime Wohlbach has announced.

Delaware will open its fall slate on Sunday, Sept. 22 with a pair of home games against Villanova and Kutztown. The Blue Hens will face the Wildcats at 11 a.m. at the UD Softball Stadium, before taking on the Golden Bears at 3:30 p.m. Villanova and Kutztown will face off at 1:15 p.m. that day as well.

Delaware will then play a 12 noon doubleheader at Lehigh on Sunday, Sept. 29, before returning home to host Princeton in a 12 noon twinbill on Sunday, Oct. 6. The Blue Hens wrap up their fall schedule on Sunday, Oct. 13 when they travel to Temple for a 12 noon doubleheader with the Owls.

Delaware returns 10 letterwinners from the 2013 squad which went 35-22, finishing one win shy of the school single season record. The Blue Hens also advanced to the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament during the spring, and have participated in postseason play during each of Wohlbach’s first three seasons in Newark.

Junior Jessica Grisler started all but two games for the Blue Hens in 2013 while serving as the team’s leadoff hitter, and earned second team All-Colonial Athletic Association honors. She finished second in the conference with 69 hits, the second highest total in a UD single season, and ranked fourth in the CAA with a .365 batting average.

Also returning is sophomore Lisa Stacevicz, who earned CAA All-Rookie Team and UD Team MVP honors following a stellar freshman campaign in which she led the squad with 13 doubles while tying for the team lead with 28 runs batted in. Fellow sophomore Shelby Jones is also back after batting .301 and ranking fourth on the Blue Hens with 19 RBI, a performance that also earned her a spot on the CAA All-Rookie Team.

Senior Michelle McKinnon missed a significant portion of the spring with a foot injury but still managed to bat .320 with 17 RBI, while sophomores Hannah George, Tori Conrad and Gabby Klecko also return. Fellow sophomores Kiersten Coffman and Taylor Curran will look to anchor the Blue Hen pitching staff.