WILMINGTON, North Carolina – After returning to the national rankings last week for the first time since the 2009 season, UNCW jumped to 21st in PerfectGame.org’s top-25 and 23rd in Baseball America’s poll. The Seahawks are ranked 30th in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association poll and also receiving votes (31st) in the USAToday/ESPN Coaches poll.

The Seahawks opened a season-long eight-game road stretch last week going 4-0 with a win at East Carolina and followed with a sweep of Colonial Athletic Association foe George Mason. The home-and-home sweep of ECU was the first since the 2003 season when the Seahawks earned their first NCAA tournament berth. UNCW also posted its first road sweep of GMU since the 2005 season.

UNCW continues its road stretch on Apr. 23, when it visits top-ranked North Carolina, who owns a 39-2 record and shutout the Seahawks earlier this season, 10-0, at Brooks Field. The Seahawks then close out their road stretch with a three-game set at Towson, who owns a 6-6 mark at Schuerholz Field this season.

Ryan LaGrange and Michael Bass are coming off tremendous weeks at the plate as they hit .722 (13-for-18) and .647 (11-for-17), respectively. LaGrange extended his hitting streak to 10 games while Bass swiped four bases and raised his doubles total to a team-leading 13. The due leads the Seahawks in batting average with Bass jumping to .431 and LaGrange looking to get over the .400 mark at .397.

In the CAA, Bass is second to Delaware’s league-leading Jimmy Yezzo (.459) while LaGrange checks in fifth. Luke Dunlap, meanwhile, is tied for 10th in the circuit with a .364 batting average. Bass tops the conference with 43 runs scored.

On the mound, Jordan Ramsey leads the league with a 1.63 earned run average and Mat Batts is third at 2.28. Tuesday’s starter, Christian MacDonald is tied for 10th with a 3.08 ERA. Batts is the CAA’s leader in strikeouts with 69 to his credit.

Tuesday’s game at UNC Chapel Hill will be video streamed at UNCWsports.com and will be included in the month/annual subscription. The game will also air locally in Wilmington on ESPN Radio AM630 and be streamed at UNCWsports.com. The Towson series will also be audio streamed by ESPN Radio AM630 at UNCWsports.com