By Tom Riordan (riordant@uncw.edu / @triordan14 / @uncwbaseball)

With the weather turning to what is expected in Wilmington during baseball season, one can only look forward to enjoying Seahawk baseball games in 75 degree weather and sunny skies instead of the cold weather that has dominated early this spring. But that hasn’t deterred Diamond Hawk fans this season as UNCW is ranked 41st nationally in total attendance in the most recent NCAA Division I Baseball Attendance report.

“Our fans have been outstanding despite the inclement weather we’ve had to play in up to this point,” said UNCW Head Coach Mark Scalf. “Our players and coaching staff certainly appreciate the dedication and support we get at Brooks Field from all our fans.”

Through 22 dates, the Seahawks have drawn 24,152 fans or 1,114 per game. Last weekend over 1,800 fans came out to watch the Seahawks win their weekend series with Davidson and run their record to 19-6 at Brooks Field. On Sunday, more than 1,000 spectators enjoyed the sun-drenched day and helped the local Miracle League generate almost $2,000 which will go towards the completion of a field for special needs baseball players in New Hanover County.

Earlier in the week, Brooks Field drew its third largest crowd since 1999 when 3,285 baseball fans watched the Seahawks and top-ranked North Carolina battle in a mid-week non-conference tilt.

Breaking the 1,000 mark has been a common occurrence this season. The Seahawks have topped that mark 12 times already, eclipsing the previous mark of 11 set in 2011. UNCW saw at least 1,000 people come through the turnstiles eight times in 2012.

Just three other non-BCS level schools are in the top-44 on the list. Wichita State ranks 24th (42,924), Cal State Fullerton is 32nd (30,954) and Georgia Southern ranks 39th with a total of 25,783.

In North Carolina, UNCW ranks third behind East Carolina (20th, 53,832 in 22 dates) and NC State (29th, 35,862 in 22 dates).

The Seahawks host Delaware this weekend in a three-game series between the top two teams in the Colonial Athletic Association. The two met in the 2012 CAA Championship, with the Seahawks winning their third title overall and second against the Blue Hens.