|Softball Preview: Marshall and NC A&T|
WILMINGTON, North Carolina – The UNCW softball team completes an 18-game homestand this week as it faces Marshall and North Carolina A&T in a pair of mid-week doubleheaders at Boseman Field.
The Seahawks and Thundering Herd square off Wednesday before UNCW faces the Aggies Thursday. First pitch for both twinbills is set for 3 p.m.
Live stats and streaming video are available for all four games. They can be accessed by clicking on the links at the top of the page.
UNCW (12-13) is back in action after a tough weekend series against Presbyterian that saw the Blue Hose take all three games, with two of their victories highlighted by late-inning comebacks. Three players – junior Jessica Rappe, sophomore Erin Brown and freshman Nella Chamblee – recorded three hits during the series while senior Brittany Gamby drove in a team-best three runs.
Marshall (6-18) begins a five-game road swing through the Tar Heel State on Wednesday that also includes a three-game Conference USA series at East Carolina over the weekend. Sophomore Kaelynn Greene boasts a team-leading .415 batting average while Shaelynn Braxton has driven in a team-best 17 runs for the Thundering Herd. Freshman Jordan Dixon has emerged as the top arm on the Marshall pitching staff as she has thrown more than half of the team’s 153.1 innings in the field thus far with 21 appearances, including 15 starts.
Marshall holds a 4-2 edge over UNCW in the all-time series that dates back to the 1995 season. The two programs have not met since the 2004 campaign, when they split a pair of neutral-site doubleheaders during regular-season tournament play.
North Carolina A&T (6-11) begins the week with a 6-11 record as it will face Colonial Athletic Association member Towson on Wednesday in a home doubleheader before squaring off against the Seahawks on Thursday. Freshman Dasia Moore has gotten her collegiate career off to a solid start as she paces the Aggies lineup with a .340 batting average that features a team-high 17 hits, including six doubles. In the circle, first-year Head Coach Kenya Peters has relied upon a trio of hurlers in the early going, including freshman Maiven McKnight, who paces the rotation in appearances (10), innings pitched (49.0), complete games (4) and wins (3).
UNCW holds a 32-7-1 record against North Carolina A&T in a series that extends back to the 1995 season. The Seahawks have won five straight against the Aggies, including a doubleheader sweep last March in Greensboro that saw the Seahawks post 12-0 and 14-3 victories.
UNCW takes to the road this weekend for the first time in nearly four weeks when it opens Colonial Athletic Association play with a three-game series at Drexel.