Game Preview: Delaware Blue Hens

The Terps (5-5) are set to take on the Blue Hens (6-4) for the second time in two weeks. Maryland will be the home team for the matchup, but the game will be played at Harford Community College in Bel Air, Md.

It’ll be a familiar field for 1B Brandon Smith, who transfered from Harford CC to the Terps this year. Last season, Smith slashed .420/.510/.663 and helped HCC win the Maryland JUCO Championship title.

Last Tuesday, the two programs faced off in Newark at Bob Hannah Stadium—the home-opener for Delaware.

Freshman John Murphy started for the Terps and Kevin Milley went for the Blue Hens. Neither starter fared well, each being chased after four innings, and both allowing at least four runs. The game went back-and-forth until the sixth inning, when Delaware put up five runs to pull away, eventually winning 12-7.

Since that matchup, the Blue Hens have played three times—playing a doubleheader Sunday to make-up games cancelled on Friday due to cold and snow. Delaware hosted the Bob Hannah Invitational, facing Delaware St. and UMass-Lowell. The Blue Hens knocked off UMass-Lowell in the first matchup 4-2, then fell to River Hawks 5-3 in the first game of the doubleheader. Delaware finished the weekend by defeating Delaware St. 4-2.

Kevin Mohollen and Jordan Glover continue to lead the way offensively for Delaware. Mohollen, the leadoff hitter, is batting .390 on the season with three doubles, two triple and a home run, good for a .634 slugging percentage that leads the team. Glover, the leftfielder and No. 3 hitter for Delaware, is batting .368 with a team-high 10 RBIs.

STARTING PITCHING MATCHUP

TUES AT 4:00 PM

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Fr. RHP Cole Benjamin (0-0, 16.20 ERA) vs. Fr. RHP Cameron Enck (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

Enck is making his first career start Tuesday. The big right-hander has appeared twice so far, pitching 1.2 innings, striking out two, walking one and allowing one hit to the six batters he’s faced. The freshman went 2-3 his senior year of high school (Lampeter-Strasburg) posting a 2.97 ERA in 37 IP, striking out 45. He was named first-team all-league and also earned a 2015 Perfect Game All-American honorable mention.

Benjamin is also making his first career start. The freshman has tossed just one inning this season (against Old Dominion), striking out one, walking one and allowing an unearned run. The right-hander hails from Rising Sun, Md. where he started for three seasons on the Rising Sun High School baseball team. Benjamin went 9-1 with a 0.83 ERA as a senior, striking out 95 in 50.1 innings en route to earning All-State, All-Bayside Conference and All-Region honors.

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