Blue Hens Travel to St. Joseph’s for Final Non-League Game of the Season
The Blue Hens’ game against St. Joseph’s will be the first for Delaware since its 9-8 victory over in-state rival Delaware St. last Thursday.
St. Joseph’s (29-11) is in first place in the Atlantic 10 and has won 14 of its last 16 games. The Hawks are coming off a series win this weekend over Richmond and have only lost three games at home this season.
St. Joseph's received votes in this week's National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) national poll.
The Hawks have eight batters hitting over .300 and have a total team batting average of .297, which is good for second in the Atlantic 10. St. Joseph’s offense has scored at least five runs in its last 10 games and is averaging 7.2 runs per game this season.
Senior Collin Forgey leads the team in hits (59), average (.376), stolen bases (13), and is tied for the team lead in triples with four on the season. Forgey’s .376 batting average is the highest in the Atlantic 10.
St. Joseph’s pitching staff has a 3.68 ERA, which is third in the Atlantic 10 and the Hawks are fourth in the conference with 294 total strikeouts on the season.
The Blue Hens (21-21) have won six of their last eight games and are currently in fourth place in the Colonial Athletic Association.
Delaware is second in the CAA in batting with a .278 team average. Junior Norm Donkin leads the team in hits (55), batting average (.335), runs (30), RBI (26), and doubles (16).
Joe Giacchino is second on the team with 52 hits on the year, leads the team and CAA with five triples, and has reached base safely in 21 consecutive games.
Senior RHP Connor Hibbs (0-2, 8.78 ERA) is still searching for his first victory of the season as he makes his fifth start for Blue Hens, while RHP Matt Morella (0-0, 2.92 ERA) will make his fourth start of the year St. Joseph’s.
This will be the 69th meeting between the Blue Hens and Hawks. The first matchup between the two schools was in 1923. Delaware leads the all-time series 46-22, but St. Joseph's has won three of the last four contests.
The Hawks and Blue Hens were scheduled to play April 22 at Bob Hannah Stadium, but the game was cancelled because of inclement weather.
First pitch is scheduled for Tuesday at 3 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Smithson Field.