WILMINGTON, North Carolina – The UNCW softball team was swept by defending league champion Hofstra, 11-0 and 8-4, in a Colonial Athletic Association softball doubleheader Saturday at Boseman Field.

In the league opener for both programs, the Pride improved to 13-8 overall as they extended their winning streak to 10 games while the Seahawks moved to 10-16 on the campaign. The two teams will complete their weekend series Sunday with a single game scheduled for 11 a.m.

In game one, the Pride took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first on a two-run single by sophomore Erin Trippi and added an insurance run in the second on a bases-loaded walk by senior Becca Bigler before exploding for six runs on three hits, highlighted by a grand slam from senior Jess Hirshbuhl, in the fourth to build a 9-0 advantage.

Hofstra added two more runs in the fifth on run-scoring doubles by senior Tessa Ziemba and Trippi to expand their cushion to 11-0 and evoke the eight-run rule.

Hirshbuhl, Trippi and freshman Maggie Hawkins tallied two hits apiece to pace a Hofstra lineup that finished with eight hits in the opener. Hirshbuhl drove in four runs while Trippi brought home three.

Senior Olivia Galati picked up the win for the Pride in game one as she did not allow a hit in five innings of work. She issued one walk while striking out nine. Sophomore Casey Rowland took the loss for the Seahawks to move her record to 6-7. Rowland surrendered six runs (five earned) on three hits and seven walks in 3 1/3 innings in the circle.

Game two saw the two teams exchange runs in the first. Hofstra used a three-run home run from Bigler to grab a quick 3-0 lead, only to see the Seahawks counter with run-scoring doubles from junior KC Shue and Rowland to make a 3-2 contest.

It would remain a one-run game until the top of the fourth, when the Pride tallied five hits, including a two-run home run from Hirshbuhl, to take a 7-2 lead.

UNCW would once again respond, this time tallying two runs in the bottom of the fifth as a run-scoring single by senior Lauryn Buckworth and a Pride error made it a 7-4 contest.

The Pride closed out the scoring in the top of the seventh, tacking on an insurance run on a RBI double by freshman Caryn Bailey to expand their cushion to 8-4.  

Freshman Chloe Fitzgerald was 3-for-4 with two runs scored while four players finished with two hits apiece as the Pride lineup accounted for 15 hits in game two. Bigler was 2-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored while Hirshbuhl recorded two hits in four plate appearances with two RBI.

Galati would once again pick up the win in the circle for Hofstra, allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits to improve her record to 13-7. Galati finished the nightcap with 10 strikeouts.

Senior Olivia Poplin and junior Morgan McCann notched two hits apiece for the Seahawks in the nightcap while four players tallied one hit apiece.

Freshman Kayla Pine was saddled with the loss for the Seahawks in game two, moving her record to 0-4 this season. In 3 1/2 innings, Pine was charged with seven earned runs on 12 hits and one walk.