Game Preview: Delaware Blue Hens


After taking two of three from Stetson over the weekend, Maryland ((9-5) will look to keep the offense rolling on the road Wednesday as it takes on Delaware (1-13) for the second time this season. 

Last Tuesday, Maryland came back to beat the Blue Hens, 11-6, in College Park. Terps catcher Justin Vought went 3-for-5 in the win and head coach Rob Vaughn used the game as an opportunity for a bullpen day, using seven relievers.

Maryland’s offense had its way with Stetson pitching all weekend, scoring 22 runs in the three-game series. Center fielder Chris Alleyne had six hits, while Max Costes and Taylor Wright both tallied five hits over the weekend. Before being named Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Monday, Costes accumulated 6 RBIs, including his second homer of the season. Costes currently leads all Maryland starters with a .538 slugging percentage.

Alleyne also had a big series, hitting his first two home runs of the year in Sunday’s 8-4 win. He also contributed two doubles and 5 RBIs over the course of the series.

It was an all-around impressive pitching performance for the Terps in Friday’s 7-0 win. Starting pitcher, Hunter Parsons, allowed only six hits, one walk, while recording 10 strikeouts. The bullpen, consisting of Nick Turnbull, Andrew Vail, Mark DiLuia and John Murphy let up no hits and only 2 walks in the game.

Delaware Blue Hens (1-13, 0-0 CAA)

Last Season

Delaware finished off 2018 with a 31-27 record, going 13-12 in the Colonial Athletic Association. They were eliminated by Northeastern in the CAA tournament to end the season. The Blue Hens lost two key players from last year’s winning season to the MLB Draft. One of them being Nick Patten, who was their main source of offense. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates while starting pitcher Kyle Hinton was drafted by the Kansas City Royals.

This Season

Delaware is 1-13 on the season, but look to gain momentum from Sunday’s win over Fairfield, which was their first win of the season. Two weekends ago, the Blue Hens were dominated by New Mexico State in a four-game series, letting up 54 runs in four losses over three days.

Hitters to Watch

Sophomore Zack Miller leads the Blue Hens with a .326 batting average and 15 hits on the season. He’s also tallied a homer and 6 RBIs, while posting a .435 slugging percentage.

Another important contributor is Jordan Hutchins, who leads the team in doubles with four, home runs with two, and RBIs with nine. Hutchins is currently slugging .440 on the season.

Relievers to Watch

After losing a lot of their bullpen production from last season, the Blue Hens have yet to find much relief pitching consistency. Jack Dubecq and Justin Tomovich have been bright spots for Delaware’s ‘pen. Dubecq has posted a 2.35 ERA with 7 2/3 innings pitched this season. He’s also held his opponents to a .222 batting average so far this season.

Despite only throwing four innings so far, Tomovich has been solid. He has a 2.25 ERA and has recorded three strikeouts, holding opponents to a .231 batting average.

Probable Starting Pitching Matchup 

Wednesday 3:00 p.m. ET


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Sophomore left-hander Drew Wilden has started in both of Maryland’s midweek games this season. He only lasted four outs last week against Delaware, still working his way back from Tommy John surgery. 

Delaware’s only midweek game of the season was the one against Maryland. The Blue Hens threw freshman right-hander Joey Silan, who allowed five runs in five innings.