HAMMOND, LA – The University of Delaware softball team's game scheduled
for Sunday against Nicholls State was canceled due to rain, and the Blue
Hens claimed the Jimmy John's Lion Classic championship after going
undefeated at this weekend's invitational.
Delaware, which is 4-0 for the first time since the 1997 season, was the
lone unbeaten team at the tournament. Host Southeastern Louisiana
finished in second place with a 3-1 record, while Nicholls State,
Jacksonville State, St. Louis and Tennessee-Martin all finished tied for
third with 2-2 records. Louisiana Tech finished in seventh place at 1-3,
while Southern went winless in its four games.
The Blue Hens opened its season on Friday with a 4-2 comeback victory
over Southeastern Louisiana, and followed that up with a 3-1 triumph
over Southern later that day. Delaware began Saturday's action by
defeating Tennessee-Martin, 7-2, before Lara Andrews' three-run walkoff
homer gave the Blue Hens a dramatic 4-3 victory in eight innings over
Andrews was one of six Blue Hens to hit over .300 for the weekend as she
finished with a .417 batting average to go with team-highs of three home
runs and five RBI. Freshman Hannah George led Delaware with a .600
average and six hits, while fellow rookies Tori Conrad batted .571 and
Shelby Jones hit .444 at the tournament.
Delaware utilized five pitchers during the invitational as the Blue Hens
allowed just eight runs, five earned, during the four contests. Senior
Chenxi Jiao appeared in three games while earning a victory and a save
while Taylor Curran, Kiersten Coffman and Amanda Stacevicz all picked up
wins in the circle.
The Blue Hens will take next weekend off before playing five games at
the Jacksonville University Invitational in Jacksonville, Fla. in Feb.