Delaware’s Eric Young, Tyler Powell Earn Weekly Colonial Athletic Association Baseball Honors
February 27, 2012
RICHMOND, Va. -- A pair of University of Delaware baseball standouts were honored by the Colonial Athletic Association Tuesday as Blue Hen pitcher Eric Young (top right) was named league Pitcher of the Week and redshirt freshman outfielder Tyler Powell (bottom left) was tabbed as the Rookie of the Week.
Young and Powell will both be in action this weekend when the Blue Hens (2-5) open up their home schedule by hosting Fairfield University for a four-game set beginning with a single game on Friday, March 2, at 2:30 p.m. at Bob Hannah Stadium. The teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday at 12 noon and a single game at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Young, a senior righthanded pitcher from Redlands, Calif. (Redlands East Valley HS/Riverside City College), and Powell, a redshirt freshman outfielder from Marlton, N.J. (Cherokee High School), led the Blue Hens to their first wins of the season over the weekend as they split a four-game set with The Citadel in Charleston, S.C. The Hens won the first two games by scores of 3-2 and 5-0 before dropping the final two by scores of 12-8 and 3-2.
Young highlighted the 5-0 victory on Friday as he recorded his second pitching masterpiece in as many starts this season. The co-captain went eight scoreless innings on the mound, allowing just three hits while striking out 11 batters.
He teamed with reliever Eric Buckland to post Delaware’s first shutout since Apr. 6, 2011 vs. Lehigh. In two starts this season, Young (1-0) has not allowed a run in 15 innings while striking out 12 and allowing only five hits.
Powell, a the son of former Blue Hen standout Todd Powell (Delaware ‘87), enjoyed an outstanding week as he batted .636 in the four games, going 7 for 11 at the plate and posting multiple hits in three of the contests. He also had a double, knocked in four runs, sported a .727 slugging percentag, stole a base, and was perfect in the field with four putouts.
Powell, who went 3 for 4 with two RBI in the series finale, leads the team with a .533 batting average and is second on the club with four RBI.
In addition to Young and Powell, George Mason third baseman Brig Tison was named CAA Player of the Week after batting .500 and knocking in five runs during the week.
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