Underpreview: Delaware vs. Delaware State
Published: Monday, March 11, 2013
Updated: Monday, March 11, 2013 18:03
Time: Wednesday at 1 p.m.
Location: Soldier Field,
About the teams:
Delaware: The Hens are 8-5 and 2-1 in the CAA. The team is coming off a 19-14 loss to Towson Sunday, snapping a five-game winning streak. Junior infielder Jimmy Yezzo leads the team with 24 hits and is tied for the team lead with 15 RBIs. Delaware’s .322 team average is third in the CAA.
Delaware State: The Hornets are 8-5 overall and have yet to play a conference game. Outfielder Aaron Nardone has 18 hits and a team-high 18 RBIs. Delaware State leads the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference with a .308 average.
Why the Hens can win:
Delaware looks to have more all-around talent. The Hens have a higher batting average and an ERA approximately a run lower than the Hornets’. Delaware also has a better fielding percentage. Yezzo, the preseason co-CAA Player of the Year, is swinging the bat well.
Why the Hens could lose:
In the Route 1 Rivalry, you can bet Delaware State will show up motivated. The Hornets are a good base stealing team, having been successful on 28 of 34 attempts thus far. They can also take advantage of the Hens’ struggles to draw walks.
71: The number of strikeouts Delaware batters have, fewest in the conference.
.4375: Delaware’s stolen base success rate. The Hens are just 7 for 16.
.436: Delaware State’s cumulative on-base percentage, compared to the Hens’ .384.
The Hens leave Dover with a win in this edition of the Route 1 Rivalry.
Delaware: 6 Delaware St.: 4
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