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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- The University of Delaware baseball team will look advance to the finals of the 2017 Liberty Bell Classic Tuesday when the Blue Hens make the short trip to visit LaSalle University for the team's first meeting this season.

The Hens, who have won a record eight LBC titles since the event began in 1992, will look to advance to the finals for the first time since they won the whole thing back in 2013. Villanova’s four Liberty Bell Classic titles are second all-time.

LaSalle advanced to the semifinals by defeating Lehigh 2-1 last Wednesday. The winner of Tuesday game will advance to the finals on April 18 at Citizens Bank Park and will meet the winner of Villanova/Penn game.

Week in Review:
The Blue Hens (15-10, 3-3 CAA) went 3-1 last week, advancing to the LBC semifinals with a 21-6 victory over Rider on Wednesday and taking two out of three from William & Mary over the weekend. All four games were played at Bob Hannah Stadium.

Delaware overcame a 6-1 fifth-inning deficit vs. Rider to win big as the Hens scored 20 unanswered runs.

The Hens split a doubleheader vs. William & Mary on Saturday, falling 8-2 in the opener before pulling out an 8-5 victory in the nightcap. William & Mary used a four-run first inning to take control in the opener while the nightcap featured  a pair of first-inning home runs by senior catcher Nick Tierno and sophomore first baseman Nick Patten. James Meeker pitched three innings of solid relief to earn his third victory of the season and Ron Marinaccio closed things out with two solid innings for the win.

Delaware won the rubber-match on Sunday with a thriling 5-4 victory in 11 innings. The Tribe jumped out to a 4-0 lead early before the Hens rallied with three runs in eighth and one in the ninth – on an RBI triple by Kevin Mohollen - to send the game into extra frames. Delaware won it in the 11th when backup catcher Tyler Callender doubles with one out and scored on a walk-off single by Mohollen. Burk FitzPatrick went four scoreless innings on the mound to earn the win.  

Scouting the Foes:
LaSalle comes into Tuesday's game with a record of 4-20 overall (1-5 in Atlantic 10). The Explorers have struggled at the plate, hitting just .212 as a team and averaging just 2.96 runs per game. La Salle is led by infielder/right-handed pitcher Austin Constantini, who has posted a team best .305 average as well as a team-leading 1.69 ERA. Among the Explorers' victories this season are wins over Wofford and South Carolina-Upstate.

All-Time Series:
The Hens lead the all-time series between the two clubs 41-13. Delaware swept the Explorers in two games last season, winning 22-1 at Bob Hannah Stadium on March 22 and downing La Salle 4-2 in a LBC consolation game on Apr. 5 in Philadelphia. Delaware has won 9 of the last 13 meetings.

Probable Starters:
Delaware: RHP Scott Zimmer (2-0, 3.12 ERA) vs. LaSalle: Matt Holt (1-0, 3.32 ERA)

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