NEWARK, Del. - The University of Delaware baseball team will make the short trip west Friday to begin a three-game Colonial Athletic Association series against Towson.

Both teams are coming off midweek loses. St. Joseph’s defeated Delaware 5-1 in the Blue Hens’ last time out, while Towson fell to Maryland 4-3 Wednesday to extend its losing streak to seven games.

Delaware (21-22, 7-7 CAA) currently sits in fourth place in the CAA standings and has won four of its last five conference matchups. Towson is in last place in the CAA and has only won two conference games this season.

Towson (20-24, 2-12 CAA) possesses .262 team batting average which is seventh in the CAA. The Tigers’ pitching staff has a 5.15 ERA, which is also good for seventh in the conference.

Collin Dyer leads the Tigers’ offense with team-highs in hits (50), home runs (3), and RBI (30).

Towson has an 18-11 nonconference record, but are at the bottom of the CAA standings with a 2-12 conference record.

Towson was swept in their three-game series at William & Mary last weekend and dropped below .500 overall for the first time this season.

The Blue Hens’ offense is led by Norm Donkin. The junior leads the Blue Hens in hits (56), batting average (.333), runs (30), doubles (16), and stolen bases (9). 

Joe Giacchino has also been a standout at the plate for the Blue Hens. The junior is second on the team with a .325 average. Giacchino leads the team and CAA with five triples on the year and has reached base safely in 22 consecutive games.

Donkin, Zach Lopes, and E.J. Stoltzfus each come into this series riding five-game hitting streaks.

The Blue Hens average 5.2 runs per game and have the second-highest team batting average in the CAA at .278.

Friday’s game will be the 117th meeting between the Blue Hens and Tigers. The first meeting between the two schools was in 1971. Delaware leads the all-time series 77-39 and have won three of the last four contests.

The Blue Hens will start Dan Gatto (3-6, 3.35 ERA) in game one of the series. Senior Brandon Hinkle (4-1, 5.05 ERA) will make his first start since April 5 in game two on Saturday and Chad Martin (5-3, 4.38 ERA) will toe the mound for Delaware in the final game of the series on Sunday.

The first matchup of this three-game series will begin 3 p.m. Friday. Game two will start at 2 p.m. Saturday and the first pitch of the final game of the series is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday. All three games will take place at Towson’s John B. Schuerholz Park.