Blue Hens Head South to Take on College of Charleston in CAA Matchup
This weekend’s series will be the first matchup between the Cougars and Blue Hens as conference foes. The Cougars lead the all-time series 2-1. The teams’ only previous meetings came in a three-game series in 1994.
College of Charleston, who is in its first season in the CAA, boasts a 21-11 overall record and a 4-2 conference record. The Cougars swept Towson last weekend and currently sit in second place in the conference standings, but are even with the Blue Hens in the loss column.
Delaware (15-15, 3-2 CAA) has won five of their last six games and are coming off a 14-13 walk-off victory over La Salle Wednesday. The Blue Hens currently sit in a tie for third place in the CAA standings.
“This weekend’s series against Charleston is huge,” said senior E.J. Stoltzfus who knocked in the winning run in Delaware’s victory Wednesday. “A lot of teams are close in the CAA standings, so we definitely have to win this series against them.”
Strong offensive play has fueled the Blue Hens of late. Delaware has scored at least six runs seven times in in its last 10 games.
Junior Joe Giacchino comes into the series riding a 10-game hitting streak. Norm Donkin leads the team in hits, runs, doubles, and stolen bases. The junior has been a jack-of-all-trades in the field for the Blues Hens. Donkin primarily plays right field, but has caught several times this year and came into pitch in the ninth inning in Wednesday’s game against La Salle and earned his first win in a Blue Hen uniform.
Senior Dan Gatto (3-4, 3.10 ERA, 58 IP, 29 SO) will toe the mound for the Blue Hens in game one of the series Friday. Reigning CAA Co-Pitcher of the Week Brandon Hinkle (4-1, 5.01 ERA, 41.1 IP, 47 SO) will start for Delaware on Saturday and redshirt freshman Chad Martin (3-2, 4.84 ERA, 35.1 IP, 27 SO) will start in the final game of the series on Sunday.
First pitch of game one is slated for 6 p.m., Saturday’s game is scheduled for 3 p.m., and the final game of the series will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday.