NEWARK, Del. -- The University of Delaware baseball program received their Colonial Athletic Association Championship rings Sunday afternoon at Bob Hannah Stadium in a pregame ceremony before the final game of the Fall World Series.

The ceremony lasted about 15 minutes and was highlighted by every member of the 2016-17 team receiving their ring, as seven of last year’s eight seniors returned to Newark. Following the ceremony, the Blue Hens returned to game action, as Team Gold earned its first win of the World Series over Team Blue, 8-3.

In Sunday’s finale, outfielder Matt McKeown laced a two-RBI single, while left-handed pitcher Matt Hornich threw five strong innings, allowing just one-run for Team Gold. Other highlights included Matt Rykaczewski going three-for-five with an RBI and freshman Ben Werkheiser contributing a two-RBI single.

For Team Blue, Colman Vila relieved freshman Billy Sullivan and pitched two and one-third scoreless innings. At the plate, Junior Kyle Baker went two-for-four with a home run and pair of RBI.

The Blue Hens open the regular season Friday, February 16th at Charleston Southern.   

Head Coach Jim Sherman

"Today was a special day for Delaware baseball, as we honored our 2017 team in a great ceremony. It was great to see some old faces return to campus. Last years group was a special group and I know there's more to come. Going forward we're going to use this as a springboard for even greater things. We are extremely fortunate to have great leadership starting with our Athletic Director Chrissi Rawak." 

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