NEWARK, Del. -- For the first time in nearly two weeks, the University of Delaware baseball squad will play a game at Bob Hannah Stadium, as the Blue Hens (16-14, 4-5 CAA) are set to host the University of Pennsylvania on Wednesday afternoon at 3 p.m.

So far this season the Hens are 12-3 at Bob Hannah Stadium, are batting .350 at home, and are scoring nearly 11 runs per game.

Week in Review:
Delaware is coming off a 1-4 week that included a pair of losses at Northeastern and road losses to UMBC and LaSalle. For the week, the Hens batted just .223 and averaged three runs per game.

Last Tuesday, Delaware was eliminated from the Liberty Bell Classic with a 7-3 loss to La Salle. The Hens returned to action last Wednesday, losing 5-4 to UMBC.

The weekend started well for the Hens as ace Brandon Walter pitched a gem on Friday afternoon. The lanky lefty threw eight innings of one-run ball, striking out 11 in the process.

Walter’s performance propelled Delaware to a series-opening 2-1 victory and earned the sophomore his second Colonial Athletic Association Pitcher of the Week award this season. On Saturday, the Hens fell 7-4 to Northeastern. Delaware went 0-7 with the bases loaded in the contest but did receive two hits from Jordan Glover and a solo home run from Nick Patten.  

In the rubber-game on Sunday, UD fell to NU 3-2. The difference in the ball game was a fifth-inning solo home run. In the loss, the Hens received more solid relief work from James Meeker, who pitched 3.2 innings of shutout ball.

Scouting the Foes:
Penn comes into the matchup with a record of 14-13 (4-4 in Ivy League play). The Quakers got off to a slow start this season as the Philadelphia-based school started the year 2-9.

Penn has rebounded from the slow start, going 12-4 over its last 16 games, including eight straight non-conference victories.

Penn is batting .277 so far this season and has been led by 2016 Ivy League Player of the Year Tim Graul, who is batting .343 on the year. In total, Penn has five players batting over .300 this season, including slugger Matt McGeagh, who leads Penn in home runs (4), doubles (11), and slugging percentage (.598).

On the mound, the Quakers have been extremely stingy this season, producing a 3.77 ERA as a team. Relievers Billy Lescher and Jake Nelson have handled the closing duties so far this season. Lescher has produced an ERA of 1.40 with two saves while Nelson has saved three games, posting an ERA of 2.25.  

All-Time Series:
Delaware leads the all-time series between the two teams 10-6. The Hens took the most recent matchup back in 2010, winning by a score of 14-8.

Pitching Matchup:
Delaware LHP Matt Hornich (2-3, 5.34 ERA) will face Penn RHP Mitchell Holcomb (1-1, 5.30 ERA).

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