Blue Hens Take on Colonial Athletic Association Foe UNC-Wilmington for a Three-Game Series Beginning Friday
UNC-Wilmington comes into this series with a 5-5 CAA record and hold a .5 game lead in the conference standings over the fourth place Blue Hens.
The Blue Hens are coming off a 9-3 victory over Temple on Wednesday, while the Seahawks had their three-game winning streak snapped when they fell to N.C. State 10-2 Wednesday.
In Delaware’s victory over Temple, Zach Lopes and Doug Trimble each led the Blue Hens with two hits and two RBI on the day. Five pitchers toed the mound for Delaware in the game and none of them allowed more than three hits.
The Blue Hens (18-19, 5-6 CAA) have won two CAA games in a row coming into this series. They won two of three games last weekend at Hofstra and earned their first conference road win of the season.
Solid pitching has been a catalyst for Delaware’s recent good play. The Blue Hens only allowed to extra base hits in their series against Hofstra and have not allowed more than three runs in their last four games.
The UNC-Wilmington (20-20, 5-5 CAA) offense is led by junior Corey Dick. The infielder leads the Seahawks in batting average (.329), hits (48), RBI (30), and is tied for the team lead in home runs with four. Seahawk pitcher Matt Bats, who will start game one of the series, is second on the NCAA’s active strikeout leader list with 304.
UNC-Wilmington is sixth in the CAA with a total team batting average of .269 and is also sixth in the conference in pitching with a team ERA of 4.80.
The official rededication of Bob Hannah Stadium will occur prior to Sunday’s game against UNC-Wilmington. The ceremony is set to take place at approximately 12:30 p.m. and Bob Hannah, as well as nearly 80 former players, is set to attend.
This will be the 41st meeting between the Blue Hens and Seahawks. Their first meeting was in 1997. UNC-Wilmington leads the all-time series 26-14 and have won five of the last seven matchups against Delaware.
Connor Hibbs (0-1, 10.34 ERA) will start game one of the series for the Blue Hens. Chad Martin (4-3, 4.85 ERA) will look to continue his strong play after a complete game victory in his last outing as he starts game two of the series. Senior Dan Gatto (3-6, 3.50 ERA) will start in the final game of the series on Sunday.
Game one of the series is scheduled to start at 3 p.m., while Saturday and Sunday’s games will both be 1 p.m. starts at Bob Hannah Stadium.