RICHMOND, Va.— University of Delaware freshman pitcher Billy Sullivan IV earned his first Colonial Athletic Association Baseball Rookie of the Week honor, the conference announced Tuesday.

Sullivan (New Castle, Del./St. Mark's) had a breakout debut against Charleston Southern on Sunday pitching the first five shutout innings for UD. Sullivan scattered just three hits and struck out nine, helping the Blue Hens to a 1-0 series-clinching win over the Buccaneers.

Sullivan IV is the Blue Hens first CAA Rookie of the Week honoree since current Blue Hen Kyle Baker shared the award the week of Mar. 15, 2015.

“Well, we certainly were not surprised with the performance we received from Billy this past weekend,” head coach Jim Sherman said. “We expected him to come out and be really competitive. What was really good to see was not the electric fastball as we know that was there, but the breaking ball was excellent. He has worked extremely hard with [pitching ] coach [Troy] O’Neal to develop his breaking stuff over the winter. And certainly, the hard work paid off because it was a difference maker for his last weekend. Striking out nine batters and not allowing a run in your first collegiate game is pretty good stuff. Excited to see what he can do this weekend.”

Off to a 2-1 start, the Blue Hens will continue the season this weekend (Feb. 24-26) at Florida Atlantic University. First pitch from Boca Raton is scheduled for Friday at 6:30 p.m.

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