NEWARK, Del. -- Coming off a successful mid-week victory over Rider, the University of Delaware baseball squad will continue Colonial Athletic Association play with a three-game series against William & Mary.

The series opener is Friday at 3 p.m. with game two and three slated for 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. 

The Hens have won four straight at Bob Hannah Stadium and are 10-2 this season at home.

Delaware (13-9) comes into the weekend batting a CAA-best .329, and have averaged 11.9 runs per game at home this season.

Over the 12 games, the Hens have hit .360 with 15 home runs and 59 extra-base hits and have outscored opponents 143-54.

Week in Review:
The Blue Hens opened CAA play last weekend down at JMU. The Hens dropped the first two games of the series, losing 12-8 on Friday night and 6-5 on Saturday.

In Friday’s opener, ace Brandon Walter struggled allowing nine runs in 4.1 innings pitched. Senior catcher Nick Tierno contributed three hits and three different Delaware players had two RBI.

On Saturday the Hens received a good start from junior Nick Spadafino, who turned in six innings of two-run ball. The Hens took a 5-3 lead into the eighth, but allowed a two-run home run in the eighth to tie it and a walk-off home run in the ninth.

Delaware rebounded on Sunday, defeating the Dukes 10-2. Seniors Doug Trimble and Jordan Glover hit back-to-back home runs to propel the Hens to the series finale victory.

The Hens received six stellar innings from Kevin Milley, who allowed just one earned run. The bats also supported the lefty as eight Delaware starters had at least one hit and six had multiple hits.

The Hens returned to the diamond on Wednesday, facing off with Rider as part of the quarterfinals of the Liberty Bell Classic. The game, which was originally scheduled for Tuesday at Rider, was moved to Wednesday at Delaware due to weather and poor field conditions.

After a slow start that saw the Hens fall behind 6-1, the bats came alive as UD scored 20 runs over the final five innings, defeating the Broncs 21-6. The win advanced Delaware to the semifinals of the LBC where they will meet LaSalle.

Scouting the Foes:
The Tribe come into the weekend with an overall record of 14-11, (1-2 CAA) and have won just one road game in nine attempts this season.  

This past weekend William & Mary kicked off CAA play against UNCW, dropping two of three to the preseason CAA favorites.

After dropping the series opener 11-1, the Tribe lost the second game 6-5 before holding off UNCW 10-9 in the finale. On Saturday, W&M starter Brodie Sheehan went eight innings, allowing three runs. The lefty struck out seven Seahawk batters.

In the preseason the Tribe were projected to finish second in the CAA and received one first place vote.

Offensively the Tribe are paced by Ryan Hall, Cullen Large, and Preseason All-CAA selection Ryder Miconi. Hall is batting a team best .393 this season and leads the team in doubles (10), on-base percentage (.458), runs scored (29) and slugging percentage (.573). He is second in hits (35) and second in total bases (51).

Large has been the Tribe’s best-run producer this season, hitting .346 with 10 doubles and 25 RBI. He has played in all 25 games this season. Miconi is one of W&M’s best power threats, as the senior has hit a team best four home runs this season.

On the mound, Nick Raquet and Sheehan have been extremely effective this season. Raquet has allowed just seven earned runs and has produced a CAA-best 2.55 ERA this season while Sheehan has produced a 2.72 ERA, fourth best in the conference. 

All-Time Series:
Coming into this weekend, the all-time series is even at 27-27. The Tribe defeated the Hens two out of three games last April.

Probable Starters:
Game One- LHP Brandon Walter (2-4, 3.72 ERA) vs. RHP Nick Brown  (2-2, 5.03 ERA)
Game Two- RHP Nick Spadafino (2-0, 4.40 ERA) vs. LHP Bodie Sheehan (4-1, 2.72 ERA)
Game Three- LHP Kevin Milley (3-0, 2.65 ERA) vs. LHP Nick Raquet (1-1, 2.36 ERA)

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