Blue Hens Look to Continue Their Winning Ways as the University of Delaware Hosts Wilmington (Del.) at Bob Hannah Stadium
Delaware (20-20, 7-7 CAA) is coming off a series victory this past weekend over UNC-Wilmington. The Blue Hens took two of three from the Seahawks and have climbed to third place in the Colonial Athletic Association standings.
Today’s matchup will be the 10th game of the year at Bob Hannah Stadium. The Blue Hens have won seven of their first nine games at the newly-renovated facility. Delaware comes into today having won five of its last six games and have five players batting over .300 for the season.
Redshirt freshman Nick Moylan (1-0, 9.64 ERA) will make his first collegiate start in today’s game. The righty has appeared in five games this season in relief and earned his first career victory last week in Delaware’s 9-3 victory over Temple.
Junior Norm Donkin leads Delaware in hits (52), batting average (.331), runs (29), doubles (15) and stolen bases (9). Joe Giacchino is tied for the CAA lead in total triples with four and has reached base safely in 19 straight games in which he has started.
The Blue Hens are third in the CAA in hitting with a combined team batting average of .279 and have won four games this season when they have trailed after six innings.
Wilmington (Del.) (31-7-1) has won five games in a row and brings a high-powered offense to Bob Hannah Stadium. The Wildcats have eight batters with a batting average over .300 and junior catcher Matt Lopes leads the team in batting with a .394 average.
Pitching has also been a strong point as Wilmington (Del.) has nine pitchers with a sub-3.00 ERA and the staff has a total combined ERA of 2.39. Freshman Jake Wersinger (1-1, 2.79 ERA) will make the start for the Wildcats.
Prior to Sunday’s game against UNC-Wilmington, nearly 100 former Blue Hen players and coaches were on-hand to help celebrate the rededication of Bob Hannah Stadium. Hannah, a member of the College Baseball Hall of Fame who won over 1,000 games with the Blue Hens, was honored in a pre-game ceremony where a bust of his likeness was unveiled.
First pitch of today’s game is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Bob Hannah Stadium.