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LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. -- The University of Delaware baseball team will travel to Rider University Tuesday afternoon for the first round of the Liberty Bell Classic at 3:30 p.m.

The Blue Hens (12-9) and Broncs (8-12) will meet for the third time this season. UD and Rider played a pair of games back in Newark, Del. at the beginning of March.

In the opening game of the Bob Hannah Invitational, Rider defeated Delaware 4-3, scoring three unearned runs off Blue Hens ace Brandon Walter.

The Broncs and Hens met one day later and Delaware enacted some revenge, defeating  Rider by an 8-5 margin. First baseman Nick Patten hit a three-run home run in the first inning to pace the Hens.

Tuesday’s game will serve as the first round of the Liberty Bell Classic with the winner advancing to the semifinals against the winner of the LaSalle-Lehigh game. In the other half of the bracket, Saint Joseph’s will host Villanova and Lafayette will host Penn.

Week in Review:
The Blue Hens kicked off CAA play this past weekend as they traveled to James Madison.

In the series opener, the Blue Hens fell to the Dukes 12-8. After falling behind 6-0 in the opening inning the Hens mounted a comeback, tying the game at 6-6. But James Madison scored six unanswered runs to take a 12-6 lead into the ninth. After Delaware scored twice in the final frame, the Dukes held on for the win.

In Game Two, the Blue Hens broke out to leads of 2-0 and 5-3 before falling 6-5 in walk-off fashion. The Dukes hit a game-tying two-run home run in the eighth before Fox Semones hit the game-winner in the ninth.

In Sunday’s finale, the Blue Hens got the better of James Madison by a 10-2 score. Delaware senior Kevin Milley went six innings, allowing just four hits and one earned run.

The Hens got multiple-hits from six different players. Seniors Jordan Glover and Doug Trimble hit back-to-back homers in the eighth putting the game out of reach. Senior Burk FitzPatrick earned the save, going three shutout innings with four strikeouts.

Scouting Rider:
Rider comes into Tuesday’s game with a record of 8-12 after opening MAAC play this past weekend at home vs. Fairfield.

In the series opener, Rider defeated Fairfield behind an RBI single pinch-hit single from junior Christian Estevez. The Broncs dropped the next two games 1-0 and 9-1.

After starting the season 0-5, Rider has recovered to go 8-7 over its next 15 games, picking up solid non-conference victories over Rutgers, Campbell, and the Blue Hens.

Earlier in the season, the Broncs took two out of three games at SEC member Georgia. In that series the Broncs took the opening two games 11-4 and 8-3 before Georgia avoided the sweep, taking the final game 9-3.

Offensively Lee Lipinski, Kyle Johnson and Mike Volaski pace the Broncs.Lipinski is batting .367 on the year, while Johnson (.308) and Volaski (.304) are also hitting over .300.

On the mound the Broncs have struggled, posting a 6.18 ERA this season. Andrew Tumbelty has posted a team-leading 1.08 ERA in 8.1 innings pitched.

All-Time Series:
Delaware leads the all-time series 65-26, including the team's two meetings this season.

Probable Starters:
LHP Matt Hornich (2-2, 4.71 ERA) will face RHP John Yocum (1-2, 6.41 ERA).

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