NEWARK, Del. – The University of Delaware baseball team kick starts the 2013 home schedule with a three-game weekend series against Monmouth University Friday, Mar. 1, at 2:30 p.m. at Bob Hannah Stadium.
Delaware (3-3) enters the weekend series riding a two-game losing streak to #25 Virginia Tech while Monmouth (1-3) has a three-game losing skid after being swept by #2 Vanderbilt last weekend.
Today's game will be webstreamed live on the UD athletics website at: www.bluehens.com/fan-zone/watch/
The Blue Hens and Hawks have the following probable starters for the weekend series.
Friday at 2:30 p.m. – UD: RHP Chad Kuhl (2-0, 3.29 ERA) MU: LHP Andrew McGee (0-1, 6.75)
Saturday at 1:00 p.m. – UD: RHP Adam Davis (0-2, 7.36) MU: LHP Dan Smith (0-1, 10.29)
Sunday at 1:00 p.m. – UD: RHP Eric Buckland (1-1, 3.29) MU: RHP Jonathan Shippee (0-1, 6.75).
Colonial Athletic Association Pre-Season Co-Player of the Year, Jimmy Yezzo, has a team-high 17-game hitting streak entering the weekend series. During that span, the junior is batting .457 (37-for-81) with one home run and 23 RBI.
Senior co-captain Nick Ferdinand is the only Delaware player with three multi-hit games this season, senior co-captain DJ Long enters the weekend with a 168 games started streak for the Hens while senior reliever Stephen Richer needs one save for his 19th in his UD career, which will give him the most in program history.
Monmouth, a member of the Northeast Conference, first played the Hens in 1967 and comes to Newark for the first time since 2003, when the Hawks produced an 8-6 victory. MU has the reigning NEC Pitcher of the Week in reliever TJ Hunt after he went 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA with seven strikeouts in two appearances last week.
The Blue Hen's home schedule continues with a pair of non-conference, mid-week games beginning on Mar. 5, vs. UMBC and on Mar. 6, vs. Delaware State in the Route 1 Rivalry. Both games set for a 2:30 p.m. start at Bob Hannah Stadium.