Roundup: Hens face Texas Tech today in NCAA baseball tourney

Delaware opens play in the NCAA Division I baseball tournament today when it takes on No. 5 Texas Tech.

The four-team, double-elimination bracket is being held at the Red Raiders’ Rip Griffin Park in Lubbock, Tex.

The fourth-seeded Blue Hens (34-21) faces top-seeded Texas Tech (43-15) at 3 p.m. ET with second-seeded Arizona taking on No. 3 Sam Houston State at 7 p.m.

The winners play at 6 p.m. on Saturday with the losers playing an elimination game at 2 p.m. Games in the bracket will be televised on WatchESPN.com.

Colonial Athletic Association champion Delaware is playing in the NCAAs for the first time since 2001.

Right-hander Ron Marinaccio (4-2) is slated to start for the Hens. Over 58.1 innings, Marinaccio has recorded 65 strikeouts, walking 19 batters and allowing 14 runs, 12 earned, for a 1.85 ERA.

As a team, Delaware is hitting. 313, with eight Hens batting over .400.

Lacrosse

Cape, Sals to play on Saturday: The DIAA boys’ lacrosse state championship game, between No. 4 Cape Henlopen (14-4) and second-seeded Salesianum (14-3), will be played on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Dover High.

Tickets are $7 for the contest.

The two teams played on May 12 with the Sals notching a 10-8 victory. That was Sallies’ closest game against a Delaware school this season.

The Sals are playing in the state finals for the 11th straight year. They’ve played Cape three times in that stretch with the Vikings winning twice.

Overall, Cape is trying to capture its seventh state crown.

College football

UD to host ECAC bowls: The University of Delaware will host the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III Football Bowl Championships this fall.

Entering its third year, DIII Football Fest features the best ECAC DIII football teams competing in a series of bowl games at a neutral site over a multiple-day span. Since it was first held in 2015, the event has become one of the Conference’s marquee championship events.

This year’s event will be held Nov. 17-19 at Delaware Stadium.

“On behalf of the University of Delaware and the Newark community, we are excited to host the ECAC Division III Football Fest here at Delaware Stadium this coming November,” said Delaware Director of Athletics and Recreation Services Chrissi Rawak. “We are honored to be selected to host some of the top football teams and student-athletes in the country for this one-of-a-kind event.

“We wish all the teams the best as they work towards this goal and invite everyone to come out and support them in what should be another great event and a fun atmosphere at Delaware Stadium.”

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