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Senior Brandon Hinle leads the Blue Hens with four wins this season and will start game two of the series on Saturday.
Courtesy: Mark Campbell

Blue Hens Travel to Hofstra for a Three-Game Colonial Athletic Association Series

Courtesy: Delaware Athletics
Release: 04/18/2014
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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - The University of Delaware baseball team will look to snap its three-game losing streak this weekend as the Blue Hens travel to Hofstra to take on the Pride in a three-game Colonial Athletic Association series.

Hofstra (14-13, 3-3 CAA) comes into the series having won four of their last six games.  The Pride’s offense is led by Brian MacDonald who leads the team in batting average (.333), hits (31), RBI (21), and is tied for the team-lead in home runs with two. Hofstra senior T.J. Ehrsam is tied for second in the CAA with 11 stolen bases on the season.

Delaware (15-18, 3-5 CAA) is still looking for its first road conference win of the season.  The Blue Hens have lost seven straight CAA road contests dating back to last season.

Dan Gatto (3-5, 3.52 ERA) will start game one of the series for the Blue Hens, Brandon Hinkle (4-1, 5.05 ERA) will toe the mound in game two, and Chad Martin (3-3, 5.59 ERA) will start the final game of the series on Sunday.

Hofstra's starters for the series are Nick Kozlowski (5-2, 3.79 ERA) on Friday, David D'Errico (1-1, 3.46 ERA) in game two, and Dave Jesch (3-1, 2.95 ERA) in Sunday's final game.

Joe Giacchino come into this weekend’s series having reached base safely in 13 straight games. The junior is also tied for the lead in the CAA with four triples this season. Norm Donkin is fourth in the CAA in batting with a .346 batting average and is tied for third in the conference in doubles with 13.

Delaware is third in the CAA in batting with a team batting average of .275, but is seventh in the conference in pitching. The Blue Hen pitching staff has a combined 5.57 ERA and opponents are batting .290 against Delaware this season.

The first meeting between the Blue Hens and Pride was in 1951. Delaware leads the all-time series 63-24, but Hofstra has won five of the last seven meetings.

The three game series will begin Friday at 3 p.m. Game two of the series will start at 1 p.m. Saturday and the final game will take place Sunday at 1 p.m. All games will be played at Hofstra’s University Field.

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