University of Delaware Baseball Names 2014 Team Captains
NEWARK, Del. – In his 14th season at the helm of the University of Delaware baseball program, head coach Jim Sherman has named team captains for the 2014 slate. Redshirt junior outfielder Joe Giacchino and senior outfielder/designated hitter Alex Mottle will serve as the team's captains for the upcoming season.
"Both of these young men represent the best for the University, on the field and in the classroom," said Sherman. "They each carry over a 3.2 GPA and are outstanding in their dedication and leadership. The duo is truly two of best young men we have ever had to represent our baseball program as captains."
Giacchino started in 47 games for Delaware in center field while also hitting lead off. The West Chester, Pa. native registered a .307 batting average totaling 65 hits including 12 doubles, two triples and two homeruns. The outfielder led the Hens with nine stolen bases on 11 attempts.
"I feel honored and beyond blessed to be named co-captain alongside my great friend, Alex," said Giacchino. "At the end of the day, win or lose, my relationships with my teammates go well beyond the white chalk lines of Bob Hannah Stadium. I truly care for them and have promised to devote myself to both them and the best interests of our team. With that being said, all I want to do is win. And I believe that we have the talent this year to do exactly that."
Last season, Mottle primarily served as a designated hitter for the Hens. The New Jersey native saw action in 34 games for Delaware receiving the starting nod on 10 occasions. The left-handed hitter registered a .308 average with 16 hits and 10 RBIs in 52 at bats.
"When Coach Sherman called me over the summer to tell me I was going to be a captain for this upcoming season, I was extremely honored hearing the news because he saw me as someone who works hard on the field and in the classroom, and as a teammate who all the guys respect," said Mottle. "My expectations for this season are to make a run at the CAA championship. We lost a lot from last years team, four of which are playing professional baseball now, but at the same time we have a lot of experience coming back at several positions and I feel like we will step up to the occasion and fill right in without missing a beat."
In other Delaware baseball news, two members of the 2014 squad were named to the Preseason All-Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Team. Juniors Brock Niggebrugge and Ty Warrington, both Delaware natives, earned honorable mention honors on the pre-season team.
Niggebrugge is the only returner for the Hens who received All-CAA honors in 2013. The short stop started in all 55 games for Delaware last season and owned a team-best 13-game hit streak. Niggebrugge tallied 51 hits in 180 at bats to register a .283 batting average and ranked second on the squad with 177 assists to go along with 70 putouts.
Warrington saw action in 42 games behind the plate for the Blue Hens and caught a team-high 23 runners stealing. Warrington recorded 309 putouts and 38 assists to tally a .994 fielding percentage. He record 39 hits, including seven doubles, in his sophomore campaign.
Delaware opens the 2014 season in less than a month when the Hens travel to Charleston, S.C. to play in The Citadel's Homewood Suites Tournament. The Hens open with The Citadel on Friday, Feb. 14 then will play West Virginia on Saturday, Feb. 15. Delaware wraps up the tournament on Sunday, Feb. 16 when the Blue Hens take on preseason No. 16/20 Louisville.