WILMINGTON, North Carolina – On Monday, UNCW returned to the national rankings following a series win over Delaware and a record of 26-11 and Mat Batts was honored for a third time as the Colonial Athletic Association’s Pitcher-of-the-Week.

The Seahawks, who enter an eight-game road stretch, improved to 26-11 on the season with a series win against second-place Delaware and are ranked 25th in both Baseball America’s and Perfect Game’s rankings released Monday. It marks the first time that the program has been ranked since the 2009 season when it opened 17-3 and entered the NCBWA poll at 27th. Since that time the Seahawks have been receiving votes, but not in the rankings.

Leading the Seahawks charge in the series win against Delaware was Mat Batts, who was named CAA Pitcher-of-the-Week after holding the Blue Hens in check in his fourth straight complete game outing. Batts allowed a pair of solo home runs, but did not allow a baserunner past second for the whole game. He walked none and struck out eight, including the final two batters of the game. He set down the final 10 batters of the game in order and faced just four over the minimum. Delaware entered the series with the nation’s second highest batting average and was leading the nation in slugging percentage.

UNCW also moved up to 40th nationally in total attendance following a strong weekend at Brooks Field. The Seahawks have drawn 26,612 spectators this season over 24 dates. UNCW has drawn 1,000 or more fans on 13 occasions this season.

The Seahawks begin their eight-game road stretch at East Carolina on Apr. 16 with a 6 p.m. start. They will then return to CAA play over the weekend with three games at George Mason beginning on Apr. 19 at 3 p.m.