Blue Hens Return Home This Weekend To Host Drexel in Crucial Colonial Athletic Association Series
NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware softball team will look to continue its momentum into the weekend when the Blue Hens host Colonial Athletic Association rival Drexel in a three-game series at the UD Softball Stadium.
The Blue Hens and Dragons will play a doubleheader on Saturday and a single game on Sunday, with action on both days beginning at 12 noon.
Delaware has won a season-high five straight games following non-conference twinbill sweeps of UMES and La Salle earlier this week, and enters the series with a 14-16 overall record including a 2-3 mark in conference play. The Blue Hens have out-scored their opponents 41-6 during the winning streak, improving their team batting average to .271 in the process.
Drexel is 12-12 overall and 1-2 in conference action, and the Dragons have won four consecutive games after sweeping Villanova and Coppin State in a pair of doubleheaders.
UD freshman third baseman Giovanna Kolofer has hit safely in nine of the last 10 games, raising her batting average to a team-high .386 on the season. Junior rightfielder Jessica Grisler is hitting .366 this year, leading the Blue Hens with 37 hits, 22 runs, six doubles, and 16 RBI, while freshman Carolyn Szymanski has moved her average over the .300 mark as she is hitting .302 with a team-leading four home runs.
Kiersten Coffman, who fired 5.2 scoreless innings to pick up a win at La Salle on Thursday, leads the Delaware staff with a 2.41 earned run average. Kelly Lupton has earned four wins and two saves while posting a 2.57 ERA, while Szymanski has picked up a team-leading eight wins in the circle.
Leticia Matsuoka leads Drexel and the CAA with a .420 batting average this season, posting team-highs of 29 hits, 18 runs, 11 doubles, 22 RBI and 18 walks. Baeley Reed carries a .381 average into the weekend, fifth in the conference, while Shelby Taylor is hitting .333 with 18 runs batted in.
Taylor is also 8-4 with a 2.59 earned run average in the circle for the Dragons, while Tara Konopka is 4-6 with a 4.22 ERA.
Delaware swept a three-game series from Drexel last season in Philadelphia, and has won seven of the last nine meetings between the schools over the last three years.