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Diamond Hawks To Be Tested Again in 2013

Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications  
Release: 09/17/2012
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CAA leading home run hitter Tyler Molinaro returns in 2013 looking to help the Seahawks back to the NCAA tournament this spring.
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CAA leading home run hitter Tyler Molinaro returns in 2013 looking to help the Seahawks back to the NCAA tournament this spring.

WILMINGTON, North Carolina - UNCW head baseball coach Mark Scalf has announced the 2013 schedule for the Seahawks, one that includes 32 home games including contests against College World Series participants Kent State and Stony Brook.

Included in that total of 32 games at Brooks Field are nine games against teams that played in the NCAA tournament. The Seahawks will play a total of 14 games against 2012 NCAA participants including College of Charleston, San Diego, Coastal Carolina, East Carolina, NC State and UNC Chapel Hill.

The Seahawks open the season with 14 their first 16 games at Brooks Field.

In Colonial Athletic Association play, the Seahawks open at James Madison on March 15 and host Georgia State the following week on March 22 to open the home conference slate. In a rematch of the 2012 CAA Championship, UNCW hosts Delaware on Apr. 12-14.

Kent State and Stony Brook made magical runs to Omaha by winning the Gary and Coral Cables Regionals, respectively. KSU then bounced Oregon in three games in Eugene, Ore., while USB eliminated Louisiana State, also in three games, in Baton Rouge. NC State, meanwhile, eliminated the Seahawks in the Raleigh Regional before ending Vanderbilt's season. The Wolfpack was then knocked out in the Gainesville Super Regional by Florida.

UNCW will also face off with Lehigh, Elon, Davidson, Charleston Southern and VCU in non-conference games.


Virginia Tech Kent State Lehigh
Feb. 15, 17 Feb. 16, 17 Feb. 22-24
2012: 34-21 ... Features Tyler Horan, finished second at NCAA Home Run Derby and was Cape Cod All-Star ... UNCW leads series 10-8. 2012: 47-20 ... Finished 5th at CWS ... Teams plsit two games in 2009 when Flash were ranked 17th-nationally ... Kent State leads series 8-6. 2012: 18-31 ... Finished 6th in Patriot League ... Lehigh has won only game between two schools, 5-4, in 2010.

College of Charleston Gardner-Webb Stony Brook
Feb. 26 Away | Apr. 2 Home Hughes Bros. Mar. 1 Hughes Bros. Mar. 2
2012: 38-22 ... Finished 3rd at Gainesville regional ... Series is tied 4-4 after UNCW swept CofC in 2012. 2012: 32-28 ... Finished 4th in Big South ... First meeting since 1976 between two programs ... UNCW leads series 5-1. 2012: 52-15 ... Finished tied for 7th at CWS ... Teams played twice in 2010, splitting a pair of games ... Series tied 1-1.

San Diego Charleston Southern VCU
Hughes Bros. Mar. 3 Mar. 5 Away | Mar. 20 Home Mar. 8-10
2012: 40-17 ... Finished 4th at Los Angeles Regional ... First meeting between two programs ... USD welcomes back Team USA infielder Chris Bryant. 2012: 20-36 ... Finished 8th in Big South ... Seahawks hold 44-19 lead in series ... Have won all four meetings since 2010. 2012: 34-25 ... Finished 5th in CAA, now member of A-10 ... UNCW leads series 43-32 ... Seahawks topped Rams in 2012 CAA tournament.

Coastal Carolina East Carolina NC State
Mar. 13 Home | May 14 Away
Mar. 19 Home | Apr. 16 Away Mar. 27 Home | Mar. 2
2012: 42-19 ... Finished 3rd at Columbia regional ... Won Big South ... Teams split two games in 2012 ... Coastal leads series, 52-31. 2012: 36-24 ... Finished 3rd at Chapel Hill Regional ... Finished 6th in C-USA ... Teams split series in 2012, each winning on the road ... ECU leads 69-56. 2012: 43-20 ... Won Raleigh regional, lost at Florida in Super Regional ... Finished 2nd in Atlantic Division of ACC ... NCSU eliminated Seahawks in 2012 regional ... Wolfpack leads series, 61-18.

North Carolina Elon Davidson
Apr. 3 Home | Apr. 23 Away Mar. 12 Home | Apr. 10 Away
Apr. 5 Away | Apr. 7 Home
2012: 46-16 ... Finished 2nd at Chapel Hill Regional ... Won Coastal Division of ACC ... Tar Heels won only meeting in 2012 ... UNC leads series, 52-12. 2012: 33-26 ... Finished 3rd in SoCon ... UNCW has won seven of last 10 against Phoenix, split in 2012 ... UNCW leads series, 25-19. 2012: 17-31 ... Finished 11th in SoCon ... First meeting between teams since 1994 ... UNCW leads series, 14-2.

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